Have You and Your Employees Done the NY Current Anti-Sexual Harassment Training?
NY State law requires that employers do Anti-Sexual Harassment training, based on a law signed into effect in 2018. Failing to do so can result in civil penalties of up to $250,000. Furthermore, if you have not done the training, your business may be subject to greater liability, should an employee file a sexual harassment lawsuit.
How Does the Anti-Sexual Harassment Training Work?
If your business is located in NYC, the New York City Commission on Human rights provides an online training program that is compliant with the city and state’s requirements.
The training is not time-consuming or complicated. In fact, you can do the training online and it takes about 45 minutes to do.
Facts About the Training
At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate that you must save to your computer or laptop. If using a mobile device, you can take a screenshot, save or email the certificate.
This training is also accessible to users with disabilities. It includes audio descriptions for the videos along with closed captioning for videos and slides. There is also voiceover audio and alt-text for images and icons.
Compliance Factors for Employers
As an employer there are steps you must take to be in compliance:
- You must create records of all your employees’ training and keep the records for three years.
- You must post an anti-sexual harassment poster in an obvious place.
- Anti-sexual harassment posters must be in English and Spanish.
- Every new employee must receive an anti-sexual harassment fact sheet at the time of hire.
- Your workers must do the anti-sexual harassment training every year.
- You must have an anti-sexual harassment policy for your workplace.
To avoid disputes and additional expense, it is wise comply with NY Human Rights Law. At Stephen Hans & Associates, our attorneys work with employers, helping them make legal changes in employment agreements and other policies. We also represent business owners in employment litigation.