By Amy L. Varel

As we previously reported, New York State has enacted new legislation that requires New York employers to adopt a sexual harassment policy and provide annual sexual harassment training.

Earlier this week the New York State Department of Labor issued final materials and guidance on the new sexual harassment prevention law.  

New York employers have until October 9, 2018 to adopt a sexual harassment policy that meets or exceeds the minimum standards set by the new legislation.  The guidance issued this week by the New York State Department of Labor includes a model sexual harassment policy.  

The DOL guidance issued this week provided some relief to New York employers by extending to October 9, 2019 the deadline for New York employees to complete sexual harassment training.  The DOL guidance also includes model training that can be used to meet the new training requirements.

If you would like to schedule a consultation to talk about how this legislation may impact your business,  please feel free to contact Amy Varel at avarel@mccmlaw.com or 585.512.3519, or Peter Weishaar at pweishaar@mccmlaw.com or 585.512.3542. 

Amy’s employment practice includes advising business clients in regard to various employment-related matters including hiring and firing, wage and hour issues, employment agreements, non-compete agreements and the preparation of employee handbooks.

Peter's employment practice includes the representation of businesses and individuals in matters involving restrictive covenants, non-compete agreements, discrimination, failure to pay wages in State and Federal Courts, and before administrative agencies, including the New York State Division of Human Rights and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Peter also writes a law blog, the Rochester Law Review, covering legal developments, cases of interest, and events happening in all of the key areas of his practice.  You can follow the blog on Facebook and Twitter.  

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About MCCM

McConville Considine Cooman & Morin, P.C. is a full-service law firm based in Rochester, New York, providing high-quality legal services to businesses and individuals since 1979.  With over a dozen attorneys and a full paralegal support staff, the firm is well-positioned to right-size services tailored to each client. We are large enough to provide expertise in a broad range of practice areas, yet small enough to devote prompt, personal attention to our clients.

We represent a diverse range of clients located throughout New York State and New England.  They include individuals, numerous manufacturing and service industry businesses, local governments, and health care professionals, provider groups, facilities and associations. We also serve as local counsel to out-of-state clients and their attorneys who have litigation pending in Western New York courts.  For more information, please contact us at 585.546.2500.