Reminder regarding New York State required annual training for sexual harassment prevention
This is a reminder that every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training on an annual basis.
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.
During the annual training, employers must also provide employees a notice that contains the employer’s sexual harassment policy. Click here for more information on creating a sexual harassment policy.
The training must:
- be interactive
- include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
- include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
- include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
- include information concerning employees’ rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
- include information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors
Click here for more information on the sexual harassment prevention training requirements.
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.
If you have questions on this topic, please contact Tracy Rickett, Human Resources Generalist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 898-2017.