July 12, 2019 Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention Training Reminder
KEEPING YOU INFORMED…
We are writing to remind you that, by October 9, 2019, all employers must provide to all employees (including, but not limited to, temporary employees and seasonal employees) workplace sexual harassment prevention training that meets or exceeds the minimum training standards set by the State. This training must subsequently be provided on an “annual” basis, which may be any date(s) of the employer’s choosing, as long as each employee is trained at least once per year. The State, however, continues to recommend that all new employees receive training as soon as possible.
Employers who provided workplace sexual harassment prevention training to their employees prior to the October 1, 2018 publication of the State’s minimum standards must provide supplemental training to all employees by October 9, 2019 to the extent that the initial training did not meet or exceed the State’s minimum standards. Our previous client memorandum regarding the State’s final model policies and guidance is attached for your reference.
We have, for many years, been preparing customized workplace sexual harassment prevention policies and conducting trainings that are tailored to those policies. While the State has provided “model” documents and videos to assist employers with satisfying this new requirement, and various companies claim to do the same, a “one-size fits all” approach does not take into account the nuances of your workplace’s sexual harassment prevention policy, or your workplace’s unique culture and needs. Please contact Sharon N. Berlin, Alyson Mathews, Alyssa L. Zuckerman or one of our other attorneys at 631-694-2300 if you would like assistance creating and implementing a customized training program for your workplace.
THIS MEMORANDUM IS MEANT TO ASSIST IN GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE CURRENT LAW. IT IS NOT TO BE REGARDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THOSE WITH PARTICULAR QUESTIONS SHOULD SEEK THE ADVICE OF COUNSEL.
© Lamb & Barnosky, LLP 2019