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    Required NY Harassment Prevention Training Latest Updates

    As a result of the #MeToo movement—which shone a particularly bright spotlight on the entertainment industry—both New York City and New York State enacted Sexual Harassment Prevention Legislation.

    The following outlines critical information and dates pertaining to New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) regulations.


    • All employers with one (1) or more employees performing work in the state must provide training that meets the state’s published standards, which are posted here. The state has also posted a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), which can be found here. All employees (no minimum-hour requirement) are required to be trained, and training must be provided annually.
    • All new employees, including interns, must be trained within 30 days of their start date.
    • Contractors who bid on state contracts must certify that they have provided annual sexual harassment training to all employees, including those outside of the state.
    • It is required that all New York employers must adopt and distribute a sexual harassment prevention policy in writing. New York State created guidance and a model training document, model sexual harassment policy, and model complaint form, which can all be found here.
    • Employers are encouraged but not required to complete and post the Sexual Harassment Prevention Poster in a conspicuous location in the workplace. 


    • Employers with 15 or more full-or part-time employees must provide annual training for all employees, including interns. New hires must be trained within 90 days of hire.
    • Employers must ensure all employees are trained annually, beginning with calendar year 2019, and every year thereafter.
    • Employees must sign an acknowledgement that they’ve received sexual harassment training, and records documenting this training must be maintained for 3 years.
    • New York City offers online training that satisfies the training requirement here. Employers may also choose to provide their own annual anti-harassment training for employees provided that it includes specific key elements. Check out the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act page for further details.
    • If you’re an employer in New York City, you must also provide to the employee at the time of hire a written notice of their rights under the Human Rights Law. The NYCCHR provides the Stop Sexual Harassment Act Factsheet to fulfill this requirement.
    • All New York City employers are required to display a poster in English and Spanish outlining employees’ rights and responsibilities regarding sexual harassment, as well as distribute an information sheet to individual employees at the time of hire. Legal notices and factsheets are available here.


    • NYC employers should ensure that the sexual harassment prevention poster is displayed, and the information sheet distributed to all employees.
    • Anti-harassment policy language should be updated as needed based on NYS requirements.
    • Employers should offer a sexual harassment prevention training program that ensures state and city deadlines are met.
    • Employees should be notified of continued sexual harassment prevention training requirements.


    GreenSlate offers an in-app training module to help productions assign, manage, and track state-compliant sexual harassment prevention training.

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    For employers nationwide, the following resources can provide guidance on how to draft and implement sexual harassment prevention communication and training within your organization.

    Clear Law Institute

    4601 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 1200

    Arlington, VA 22203

    Contact: Justin Sikora: 865-824-1255,


    NAVEX Global: The Ethics and Compliance Experts

    6000 Meadows Road, Suite 200

    Lake Oswego, OR 97035

    Contact: Brett Arnold: (503) 601-4954,


    Interactive Business Inclusion Solutions

    205 Newbury Street, Suite 201

    Framingham, MA 01701

    Contact: (508) 283-1423,


    Kantola Productions, LLC

    55 Sunnyside Ave

    Mill Valley, CA 94941

    Contact: (800) 280-1180,



    500 Lake Cook Road, Suite 350

    Deerfield, IL 60015

    Contact: (415) 951-7913,

    Last updated: 11.14.23. This information in this communication is general in nature, and is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal, accounting, tax or other professional advice rendered by GreenSlate, LLC. The reader should contact his or her attorney, CPA, or tax professional prior to taking any action based upon this information.

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