Due to the passing of the New York Human Rights Law, all New York Employers are required to meet strict sexual harassment prevention criteria, including holding annual training and documenting certain procedures. There are many nuances to the code including when a worker is or is not considered an employee for training purposes, who is required to attend the annual training, the use of non-disclosure agreements, what constitutes minimum training standards, and how to handle special situations (such as independent contractors, subcontractors, and temporary workers).
There are no exemptions available to employers based on parameters such as size or income - all New York employers are subject to these new regulations.
Furthermore, the regulations are already in play and some aspects must be implemented quickly. For example, the first session of the mandatory annual training must take place between October 1, 2018 and October 1, 2019. If you intend to retain a qualified professional for this training, expect their schedules to book up.
We advise that you contact us quickly at 516-937-9500 to discuss the proper avenue to follow so that you do not leave your company open to exposure.