“Employee” includes all workers including exempt or non-exempt employees, part-time workers, seasonal workers, and temporary workers. All employees must complete the training that meets the minimum standards by Oct. 9, 2019.
Employees must be trained at least once per year. In subsequent years, this may be based on the calendar year, anniversary of each employee’s start date, or any other date the employer chooses.
As employers may be liable for the actions of employees immediately upon hire, they should be trained as soon as possible. Employers should distribute the policy to employees prior to commencing work and should have it posted.
New York State law requires all sexual harassment training to be interactive. Training may be online, so long as it is interactive. An individual watching a training video or reading a document only, with no feedback mechanism or interaction, would NOT be considered interactive.
It is a Best Practice for effective and engaging trainings to utilize a live trainer. It is not mandatory. Live trainers may appear in person or via phone, video conference, etc. No certification is required and the State does not currently certify or license training providers.
You may use a third-party vendor or organization, or deliver the training by existing employees or managers. You should review any third-party training to ensure it meets or exceeds the minimum standards required under the law.