EMPLOYMENT LAW UPDATE, NEW YORK:
Sexual Harassment Prevention Legislation
New York City and New York State have recently passed legislation requiring specific policies and training to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The state laws takes effect on Oct. 9, and businesses should start preparing now.
To comply with the new laws, training will require the following:
- An explanation of sexual harassment and specific examples of inappropriate conduct.
- Detailed information concerning federal, state and local laws and the remedies available to victims of harassment.
- An explanation of employees' external rights of redress and the available administrative and judicial forums for bringing complaints.
- An interactive setting.
In addition to the statewide law, employers in New York City with 15 or more employees will have to comply with new citywide harassment-prevention training requirements—including that such training discuss the importance of bystander intervention to stop harassment and that training for supervisors and managers be specific and separate. Employers will also be required to post mandatory, city-designed sexual harassment posters, and have a written policy against sexual harassment.
This Month at NPN
Learning and Development: Harassment Prevention, Strategy Off-Sites, Team Building
We are excited to be announcing our expanded and customizable people development programs for startups!
To book Harassment Prevention Training or any course for your employees or for more information visitNPN or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don't see the topic you are looking for, let us know! We partner with some of the top trainers and SMEs to offer a wide range of employee training.
Off- sites are full day or multi day events designed to bring teams together, enhance creative thinking, and drive focus. We bring teams out of the normal workplace and to an environment that inspires innovation, growth, and cohesion.
- Team Building
- Strategy and Goals
- Leadership Development
We offer a number of facilitated classes and trainings for employees right in your workplace. We tailor the format, style, and curriculum to your specific culture and employees.
- Improvisation for Sales Teams
- Communication Skills
- Anti Harassment Training
- Plus more
Anti Harassment and Inclusiveness for Startups
While the #METOO movement has brought workplace harassment out of the shadows and into the spotlight, It has ecome incredibly clear that the "status quo" for anti-harassment training and "out of the box" compliance training(s) have proven ineffective at keeping harassment out of the workplace.
We are incredibly proud to introduce our Anti Harassment and Inclusiveness training for startups. We have developed a training that not only covers the legal and compliance aspects of discrimination and harassment in the workplace, meets the new law requirements for New York City and State, but also makes these topics relevant and personal to your employees and workplace. This highly interactive and collaborative course is completely customized to your culture while ensuring your company is compliant with the new city and state laws.
New York City Law Requires a Written Sexual Harassment Policy
New York City has also passed legislation mandating that employers have a written policy against sexual harassment. The statement must include the following points:
A statement prohibiting sexual harassment and providing examples of what constitutes sexual harassment.
Information about federal and state sexual-harassment laws and the remedies that are available to victims—and a statement that there may be additional local laws on the matter.
A standard complaint form.
Procedures for a timely and confidential investigation of complaints that ensures due process for all parties.
An explanation of employees' external rights of redress and the available administrative and judicial forums for bringing complaints.
A statement that sexual harassment is a form of employee misconduct and that sanctions will be enforced against those who engage in sexual harassment and against supervisors who knowingly allow such behavior to continue.
- A statement that it is unlawful to retaliate against employees who report sexual harassment or who testify or assist in related proceedings.
Implementing New Requirements
If you need help developing a written anti sexual harassment policy, training your employees, or development of other employee policies such as PTO or Sick Leave, please reach out! We have experience writing and implementing custom policies and full handbooks for organizations to ensure compliance across HR.