On October 9, 2018 the City and State of New York introduced and enforced an in-depth protocol regarding the prevention, investigation and sanction of sexual harassment in the workplace, both public and private.
In general, the new regulations introduce a series of requirements for employers. Of particular importance: 1) Employers must update internal policies so that they reflect the guiding principles of the new law, 2) Regardless of the number of employees, employers must conduct an annual training that follows, and eventually exceeds, the standards adopted by the new legislation, 3) the prohibition of the use of arbitration to resolve sexual harassment cases.
The new rules will need to find a space within regulations and/or an internal policy to provide for employees training.
October 2018 was established as the final date for adopting an internal policy. Employees must then receive the training by January 2019, and henceforth again every year. All new workers hired after January 1, 2019 must receive the training within the first 30 days of hire (in New York City within the first 90 days).