As you may have heard, New York State recently enacted new laws regarding sexual harassment that are impacting employers now. For example, employers must have a compliant, written sexual harassment policy in place by October 9, 2018.
Until recently, guidance from the State had employers scrambling to provide sexual harassment training to their employees by January 1, 2019. Employers can rest a bit easier with final guidance from the State – issued October 2, 2018 – that employers have until October 9, 2019 to complete their first annual sexual harassment training.
While this provides a welcome respite, best practices dictate that the training should occur sooner rather than later. Obviously, if an employee files a claim at the Division of Human Rights, they’ll consider whether the employer trained its employees to prevent sexual harassment.
The attorneys at The Coppola Firm are well-versed in the law’s mandates and already are training workforces of all sizes across several industries. Remember, the new sexual harassment law applies to employers of all sizes.
If you have questions about how your workforce can best comply with the new law, contact us. We’re happy to help.