New York City Issues Guidance on Mandatory Anti-Sexual Harassment Training Requirements and Model Training: Employers Must Provide Training by December 31, 2019 and on an Annual Basis Thereafter

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP - April 11, 2019

Last year, as we previously reported, New York City enacted the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act (the “Act”), a package of 11 bills aimed at combatting sexual harassment in the workplace. Among the Act’s provisions was the requirement that employers with 15 or more employees conduct an annual, interactive anti-sexual harassment training for all employees. The training requirement became effective on April 1, 2019. That same day, the New York City Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) made available on its website a model online training that employers may adopt wholesale. On April 1, the Commission also released updated FAQs (available here) that provide guidance on the Act’s training requirement. The FAQs state that the Commission’s model training meets New York State’s requirements for sexual harassment training, which we summarized in memoranda available here and here. Employers are required to retain a record of all trainings and signed employee acknowledgements.