Running a business in New York City or State? Or maybe you work in New York and feel like your boss isn’t taking the #MeToo movement seriously?
If you work for a New York company you should be aware of the new laws that affect your business. Some requirements take effect as soon as September 6, 2018 – only nine days away! If you work for a business with 15 or fewer employees Heddy is hosting a free event just for you. Sign up here.
If you work in New York you should have these dates on your calendar:
- September 6, 2018 – You must post a new form in your workplace and circulate a fact sheet to all employees.
- October 9, 2018 – You must have implemented a written Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy in your office that includes a complaint form.
- Jan. 1, 2019 – You must have trained all employees on your Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, complying with certain minimum requirements set forth by the state.
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– In New York City businesses must post a form spelling out worker rights with regard to Sexual Harassment in the workplace in both English and Spanish and make it conspicuously visible to employees, no later than September 6, 2018.
– Beginning September 6, 2018, New York City businesses must circulate a fact sheet to all employees delineating the workplace’s approach to sexual harassment in the workplace. Organizations may circulate their own sexual harassment policy or circulate this fact sheet provided by NYC. Businesses must continue to distribute this policy or fact sheet to all new hires moving forward.
– Beginning October 9, 2018 all employers in New York State must implement a written Sexual Harassment Policy. Last week New York State released a draft model policy and Guidelines for the minimum standards of what should be included in an employers policy.
– The policy you enact by October 9, 2018 must include a complaint form where potential complaints are documented. A sample complaint form that is compliant with the law can be found here.
– By January 1, 2019 all employers in New York State must train all of their employees on the company’s sexual harassment policy. There are detailed requirements for this training. A model training and information on the requirements can be found here.
If you’re already providing a written Sexual Harassment Policy and training to employees you should compare your documents and practices to the new requirements and make sure you are complying with the new laws.
These dates are quickly approaching! If you are operating in New York and don’t yet have a plan to tackle these new requirements it is time to make one!
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, Heddy can help. We’re hosting a free event on September 10th in New York City to help businesses with 15 or fewer employees draft compliant policies. In just two hours you will create your policy and create a plan for meeting the training requirements. Sign up here. Spots are limited – first come, first served.
If you have more than 15 employees, reach out to schedule a free 30 minute phone consultations so we can help you create a plan that works for your business. Email us to set up a time that works for you!