New York Updated Its Model Sexual Harassment Policy and Training Materials

On April 11, 2023, New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York State Department of Labor, in collaboration with the New York State Division of Human Rights, had revised the state’s Sexual Harassment Prevention Model Policy and associated training materials, which it first adopted in 2018. The revisions broaden the concept of harassment to cover gender identity and expression; address the remote work environment; offer additional examples and guidance; and provide more comprehensive training. “New York State is taking a tremendous step in modernizing our Sexual Harassment Prevention Model Policy to ensure that every worker has equitable access to resources that will foster safe and inclusive work environments,” said Hochul in the press release announcing the revisions. “Now, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Labor and feedback from countless New Yorkers, these policy changes and resources will help businesses adapt their policies to the modern workplace and solidify New Yorkʼs standing as a national leader for worker protection.” This article discusses the most significant changes to the policy and training materials, with commentary from Evandro C. Gigante, partner at Proskauer. See “New York State Releases Final Anti-Sexual Harassment Model Policy and Training Materials” (Nov. 15, 2018).

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