Every employer in New York State is required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training. You can find an overview here of the New York State anti-harassment training requirements.
If you’re looking for a free solution to meet the New York State harassment prevention training requirements, the Department of Labor provides a free model training that we’ve detailed below. On April 1, New York City released its own free online harassment training course. It also complies with New York State requirements. New York City Free Anti-Harassment Course>>
Keep in mind when evaluating free or paid harassment prevention training options that in all cases, it must meet the following minimum standards in New York State:
- be interactive
- include an explanation of sexual harassment consistent with guidance issued by the Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights
- include examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment
- include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available to victims of sexual harassment
- include information concerning employees’ rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating complaints
- include information addressing conduct by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such supervisors
Free New York Harassment Prevention Training from Department of Labor
The videos below, which may be watched via YouTube or downloaded, meet all New York State minimum training requirements except one: the videos alone are NOT considered interactive.
If you are using these videos to meet the training requirements, you must also: ask questions of employees as part of the program; accommodate questions asked by employees, with answers provided in a timely manner; or require feedback from employees about the training and the materials presented.
During this interactive portion, employers should be prepared to address questions raised by employees including those specific to their industry, questions about the organization’s reporting process and questions about how hypothetical cases would be handled.
Model Training Part 1:
Model Training Part 2 (Case Studies):
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Will the State offer workshops and webinars?
A1. Yes. Dates for training sessions will be announced on this website.
Q2. What type of records must employers maintain to verify compliance?
A2. No signed acknowledgement of having read the policy is required, but employers are encouraged to keep a signed acknowledgement and to keep a copy of training records. These records may be helpful in addressing any future complaints or lawsuits.
Q3. Does this law apply to New York City employers?
A3. Yes. It applies to all employers in New York State, including New York City.
Q4. Will the mandated New York City training meet the training requirements of the New York State Law?
A4. The New York City Commission on Human Rights is partnering with the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York State Department of Labor so that NYC-based employers can meet compliance with both the New York State and New York City training requirements by utilizing the forthcoming online training provided by the New York City Commission on Human Rights. The online training will be available on or before April 1, 2019.
Q1. Will New York State make resources available for training in languages other than English?
A1. Yes. Finalized materials will be translated into Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Bengali, Russian, Italian, Polish and Haitian-Creole as quickly as possible and available on this website. Additional languages may be added in the future.
Q2. Am I required to provide the policy and training in languages other than English?
A2. Yes. Employers should provide employees with training in the language spoken by their employees. Model materials will be translated in accordance with Executive Order 26, Statewide Language Access Policy. When a template training is not available from the State in an employee’s primary language, the employer may provide that employee an English-language version. However, as employers may be held liable for the conduct of all of their employees, employers are strongly encouraged to provide a policy and training in the language spoken by the employee.
Additional Languages: New York Harassment Prevention Training from Department of Labor
Free New York State Harassment Training in Chinese:
Free New York State Harassment Training in Haitian-Creole:
Free New York State Harassment Training in Korean:
Free New York State Harassment Training in Italian:
Free New York State Harassment Training in Polish:
Free New York State Harassment Training in Russian:
Free New York State Harassment Training in Spanish: