In 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed separate expansive mandatory sexual harassment training requirements for most businesses statewide. This double jurisdictional approach has understandably caused confusion amongst the city and state’s many businesses.
What are the New York Harassment training requirements?
The New York sexual harassment prevention training laws require employers to meet New York State harassment training requirements by providing sexual harassment training to every employee every year. The New York State training law applies to all employers in the state, and the New York City law applies to employers that employ more than 15 workers, including interns.
What should sexual harassment training in New York cover?
Each law has specific training mandates, but generally, they both require that the training conveys that sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination, and outline the process for reporting sexual harassment within the workplace. Additionally, both laws require additional information about the penalties for retaliating against reporters. New York City sexual harassment training laws require that sexual harassment training covers the concept of bystander intervention, including instructions on how to intervene should employees witness misconduct.
Who do the workplace harassment laws apply to?
The New York State workplace harassment laws apply to all employees. The state has posted guidance that defines “all employees” as including everyone who works or will work in the state even for a portion of their time and even if they’re based in another state.
What does this mean for you?
Considering the expansive nature of the mandate, your business will likely need to take a number of measures to satisfy New York’s mandatory harassment training requirements. As a first step, you will need to schedule and deliver sexual harassment training to your existing workforce prior and make a plan for all new hires.
Want to learn more about the mandates across the United States?
The EVERFI team of dedicated in-house attorneys want you to have a clear understanding of which states require harassment training. Explore our interactive guide to sexual harassment prevention training requirements nationwide.