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New York revamps sexual harassment model policy for the modern workplace

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Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) has finalized updates to the State’s Sexual Harassment Model Policy. The policy is designed to help employers comply with State laws and offer state-of-the-art guidance to protect employees from workplace harassment. In collaboration with the New York State Division of Human Rights, the updated policy addresses issues such as remote work, gender discrimination, retaliation, and more.

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Hochul said that the revamped policy would “ensure that every worker has equitable access to resources that will foster safe and inclusive work environments.” She added that the policy updates and resources would help businesses adapt to the modern workplace, solidifying New York’s position as a national leader in worker protection.

The new policy and training resources include information on how sexual harassment may manifest in remote work settings and a wider range of work experiences beyond the traditional office environment. Additionally, the policy emphasizes that gender discrimination, including gender role stereotyping and disparate treatment based on gender, is a form of sexual harassment. These tools will help public and private sector employers comply with New York State laws that mandate annual sexual harassment and discrimination prevention training.

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The updated Sexual Harassment Model Policy was developed with input from New Yorkers, advocates, stakeholders, and others during an extensive public comment period, as well as through in-person meetings and a public hearing. The NYSDOL will also launch a public education campaign to ensure New Yorkers and businesses understand the newly strengthened policy. To access all training resources and the current Sexual Harassment Prevention Model Policy, visit the Combating Sexual Harassment in the Workplace website.



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