As discussed in our May 18, 2018 LEGALcurrents®, on April 12, 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Budget, which included new requirements to address workplace sexual harassment. Under the new rules, by October 9, 2018 all New York employers (regardless of size) are required to either adopt the State’s model anti-harassment policy and training or adopt a policy and implement a training program that meets New York standards.

In this regard, on August 23, 2018 New York State issued draft guidance, including: model sexual harassment policy and training documents; standards for anti-harassment policies and training; a model complaint form; and FAQs. The draft documents are contained on the State’s Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace website and are open for public comment until September 12, 2018. The New York State Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights will review the comments and presumably issue the final documents by the October 9, 2018 effective date.

Highlights of the draft materials include:

Policy Provisions

Training Requirements

Please join Harter Secrest & Emery Labor and Employment attorneys for an informal discussion and Q&A session on the proposed guidance on Wednesday, August 29 at 9:30 am or Thursday, September 6 at 2:30 pm. Click here for more information and to register.

These are draft materials and we anticipate changes to the final documents. Please stay tuned for updates as we will continue to monitor further developments.