Regardless of the number of employees, all employers in New York State are now required to adhere to requirements of a new law aimed at curtailing sexual harassment in the workplace. Effective October 9, 2018, all employers in New York State are required:

  1. To distribute an anti-harassment policy to all employees; and
  2. To conduct annual anti-harassment training to all employees. 

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Note: Although the effective date is October 9, 2018, all employees must complete the model training or comparable training that meets the minimum standards by January 1, 2019.

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL), in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR), has released drafts of its model sexual harassment prevention policy, complaint form, and harassment prevention training program. In addition to releasing these proposed materials, the DOL has also released a FAQ document and documents setting forth the minimum requirements for sexual harassment prevention policies and training programs.

The draft templates are open for public comment until September 12, 2018, after which the DOL will review comments, make any revisions it deems necessary, and release final versions of these materials. This release comes as the October 9, 2018 deadline for compliance approaches and as part of a comprehensive sexual harassment law passed earlier this year.

Additional guidance can be found here: Guidance on Sexual Harassment for All Employers in New York State