As reported in a previous article (New York State and New York City Amend Sexual Harassment Laws), earlier this year, New York State passed a stringent new sexual harassment law.
As a part of this law, the New York State Division of Human Rights and Department of Labor were required to publish a model anti-harassment training program and a model sexual harassment policy. Once available, employers can choose whether to adopt the models prepared by the state or develop their own, so long as their policies and training meet or exceed the standards contained in the models.
On August 23, 2018, New York State released the following new materials designed to help New York employers comply with the new law:
- A new website (Combating sexual harassment in the workplace) which provides employers and employees with resources regarding combating sexual harassment in the workplace;
- A model sexual harassment prevention policy.
- A model sexual harassment complaint form
- A model anti-harassment training; and
- FAQs on the materials.