Every employer in New York State should keep an eye on the October 9th, 2019 deadline for employers to adopt and provide mandatory anti-harassment training for New York employees. This training is required for any employee who works even a portion of their time in New York State, including those based in a state other than New York. Moreover, the training is required for all employees, including exempt, non-exempt, part-time, and temporary employees.
In order to comply with the State’s training requirements, employers must either:
- (1) Adopt New York’s model training materials; or
- (2) Provide other, live training or interactive training that meets or exceeds the law’s minimum training standards.
Employers in New York City should also keep in mind the additional training required for the City’s Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act which is to be completed by December 31, 2019. The requirements under the City law are similar to State law. However, the laws are not totally coextensive and employers should ensure that they comply with both. Therefore, employers may want to consider hosting a training which satisfies both laws.