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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    New York State required annual training for sexual harassment prevention

    May 4, 2021 / By Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist

    This is a reminder that New York State employers must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and provide training on sexual harassment prevention to their employees on an annual basis.

    Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy

    Each New York State employer is required to have a sexual harassment prevention policy in place. The employer’s sexual harassment prevention policy must be provided to the employee at the time of hire and during each annual training. The policy can be provided electronically as long as the employee is able to print the policy for their records.

    It is recommended you obtain a signed acknowledgment from the employee affirming they have received and read the employer’s sexual harassment prevention policy.

    Click here for a prior news article on the sexual harassment prevention policy requirements.

    Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

    New York State Law requires that employers of one or more employees must conduct sexual harassment prevention training for all employees on an annual basis. The employer can decide the timing of the annual training (calendar year, anniversary date, or any other date) as long as it is completed annually. Employers are encouraged to track completion of training through attendance sheets, certificates of completion, or some other manner for audit purposes.

    Free Training Available

    The New York City Commission on Human Rights has developed a free online training that will satisfy both the New York State and New York City anti-sexual harassment training requirements. New York City's free online training is available here.

    Please note that Safe Sanctuaries training does not exempt churches from the New York State sexual harassment prevention training requirements.

    Click here for a previous news article with a helpful FAQ on this topic.

    Click here for a previous news article on additional training options.

    If you have questions on this topic, please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at or (315) 898-2017.

    With more than 144,000 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."