As part of the Stop Sexual Harassment Act (SSHA) and Local Law 96, employers with 15 or more employees are required to conduct an annual anti-sexual harassment training session.
Employers will have the option of using the training resources that the NYC Commission on Human Rights develops and publishes on their website.
Employers may also develop and use their own training sessions as long as it includes the following elements:
- An explanation of sexual harassment as a form of unlawful discrimination
- A statement that sexual harassment is also a form of unlawful discrimination under state and federal law
- A description of what sexual harassment is including examples of sexual harassment in the workplace
- Any internal complaint process available to employees through their employer to address sexual harassment claims
- The complaint process available through the Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission including contact information
- Information stating that retaliation is prohibited
- Information concerning bystander intervention including but not limited to any resources that explain how to engage in bystander intervention
- The specific responsibilities of supervisory and managerial employees in the prevention of sexual harassment and retaliation and measures that such employees may take to appropriately address sexual harassment complaints
Employers will have to keep a record of all training sessions including an acknowledgement form signed by employees. Records may be kept electronically.
For more information about the SSHA and Local Law 96.