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Sexual Harassment Laws 2018




New York Now Requires All Employers to Provide Annual Sexual Harassment Training.

Read about the new law HERE.


Dear Jeffrey,


As you are hopefully aware, in April 2018, Governor Cuomo signed into law a comprehensive policy requiring all New York State employers to provide sexual harassment prevention training and a sexual harassment prevention policy to all employees.  The Governor tasked the Department of Labor ("DOL") and Division of Human Rights with promulgating the exact requirements, penalties and timing for this to be completed.


The requirements are now out. 



The DOL has recently provided guidance to employers regarding how to proceed to comply with the new laws. While some questions remain unanswered, the DOL has provided significant clarity for employers as to how to proceed to comply with the new law. Specifically:

  • Employers must provide their employees with a comprehensive written sexual harassment policy with specific language by December 31, 2018;
  • Employers must provide sexual harassment training to all employees by December 31, 2018. Supervisors and managers must receive separate training from regular employees;
  • New hires must receive training within 30 days of hire. It is recommended that even if these employees received training by their prior employer, that the new employer provide said training;
  • Training must be performed on a yearly basis;
  • The training must be interactive. It can be performed in person or on the internet, but employees must be able to ask questions and receive answers from a live person;
  • If you are a NYC employer, you are required to post a specific sexual harassment poster in your break room.


In order to comply with the law in a timely fashion, we urge our clients to contact us to discuss how to proceed. We will be offering live training sessions, both at your place of business or in our conference center, throughout the fall and winter. If you utilize our service, we will also be providing you the necessary sexual harassment prevention policies to provide to your employees that is legally compliant.


To discuss your options or schedule training for your employees we ask that you contact Jeff Ettenger at 631-777-2401 x22 or email him at  



Lee A. Schwartz

Jeffrey Ettenger

Schwartz Ettenger, PLLC
445 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 205
Melville, New York 11747
Office Phone:  631-777-2401 Ex. 22
Cell Phone:      516-497-2606
Fax:                  631-777-2402

Big Changes in NY Sexual Harassment Law

What Every Business Needs to Know

New York State recently passed a law that has major implications for all New York employers. Specifically, employers will be required to provide employees with specific sexual harassment prevention policies as well as annual sexual harassment prevention training. All New York state employers must comply, regardless of the size of the business. New York City has similar but not identical provisions.


Topics include:

  • Sexual Harassment Prevention Policies
  • Sexual Harassment Training Requirements
  • Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims
  • Non-Disclosure Agreements
  • Other Changes in the Law

Speaker Jeffrey S. Ettenger, Esq. is a partner at Schwartz Ettenger PLLC where he concentrates his practice in the area of labor and employment law, assisting employers with their day-to-day employment needs, as well as all areas of employment litigation. He has substantial litigation experience defending federal and state law unpaid wage claims, employment discrimination cases and other employment lawsuits.

Given by: Jeffrey S. Ettenger, Esq., Partner at Schwartz Ettenger, PLLC



Date:  Friday,  September 28, 2018

Location:    68 South Service Road, Melville, RXR Lower Level Team Room

Time:    8:30am-10:00am

RSVP: by 9/24/18

Attendees:  Members Only – Feel free to extend the invitation to others within your company

Presentation Coordinator:  Diane Dorsi  - We’re Associates

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