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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    news article

    New York State Employers required to adopt a sexual harassment policy and training

    October 15, 2018 / By Tracy Rickett, UNY Human Resources Generalist / .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

    Beginning in October 2018, New York State employers must adopt a sexual harassment policy and training or use a similar policy and training that meet or exceeds the laws minimum standards.

    Key Components of the new law:

    Policy

    Under the new law, every employer in New York State is required to establish and distribute a sexual harassment prevention policy.  Model policies are available through the link below.

    The policy can be distributed in writing or electronically.  Employers are encouraged to have employees acknowledge receipt of the policy, and to post a copy of the policy where employees can easily access it.

    Training

    Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training by October 9, 2019.  This is an annual requirement as part of the new regulations.  Model training materials are available through the link below.

    Employers are encouraged to track completion of training through attendance sheets or some other manner for audit purposes. 

    Additional resources for sexual harassment training will be shared once that information has been gathered.

    There is a wealth of information available from New York State including sample policies, forms, and training materials.  Click on the link below for more information. 

    New York State Sexual Harassment Regulations

    Conference Contact:  If you have any questions regarding the New York State sexual harassment requirements, please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at 315-898-2017 or TracyRickett@unyumc.org


    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."