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Employers: Do You Have Your Sexual Harassment Training in Place?

What Does the New Sexual Harassment Training Require?

By now, hopefully many employers in New York have become aware of the new sexual harassment training laws that went into effect on October 9, 2018.  Under the new law, all New York employers, no matter how many employees you have, are required under State law to establish a sexual harassment training policy.

New York State has published a tool kit that explains the guidelines employers must follow. Some employers already had established sexual harassment policies prior to the new law. Others may not have any sexual harassment policy in place. In either case, you must comply with the government’s new requirements.

If you’re uncertain about whether your policy is compliant or not, it is wise to consult with an experienced employment defense attorney. The probability is high that most employers are missing parts of the new law in their policies.

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Sexual Harassment Training Tool Kit Guidelines

A checklist for sexual harassment training must meet (or it can exceed) the following minimum training standards. Training must:

  • “Be Interactive (see the model training guidance document for specific recommendations);
  • 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 unlawful sexual harassment;
  • Include information concerning the federal and state statutory provisions concerning sexual
  • harassment and remedies available to targets of sexual harassment;
  • Include information concerning employees’ rights of redress and all available forums for adjudicating complaints; and
  • Include information addressing conduct by supervisors and additional responsibilities for supervisors.”

It is common have questions about the new guidelines and how to apply them. The specific details of what some of the minimum training standards require are not clear to many employers.

Stephen Hans & Associates can answer your questions and help you understand exactly what is required and how to even exceed the minimum standards. We offer seasoned legal guidance based on decades of employment law defense experience.

Sexual Harassment Protest: Google Walkout

Thousands of Employees Worldwide Protest Google’s Handling of Sexual Harassment

The Google Walkout on November 1, 2018 in protest of sexual harassment was a worldwide event. The largest gathering of protesters, numbering in the thousands, occurred in Silicon Valley, California where Google Headquarters is located.

In addition, The New York Times reported that workers protested internationally in Singapore, Hyderabad, Berlin, Zurich, London, Chicago and Seattle, to name a few locations. New York also had a large number of protesters. An estimated 3,000 people gathered to protest in a city park.

Since the #Metoo movement began a year ago, sexual harassment has topped the list in anti-discrimination movements. A number of states have passed stricter laws to prohibit sexual harassment, and New York has passed the most stringent sexual harassment training laws in the nation.

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What Was the Main Protest Focus in the Google Walkout?

The New York Times published an article on Oct 25, 2018 about the resignation of the creator of Android software, Andy Rubin in 2014. At that time, he left Google with a $90 million exit package and no public disclosure of sexual misconduct.

Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai and Larry Page, co-founder of Google and the chief executive of the parent company, Alphabet issued apologies. According to a Wall Street Journal article on the walkout, Pichai stated that Google no longer makes payouts to employees who are dismissed due to sexual harassment. He also stated, “Moments like this show we didn’t always get it right. We are listening to employees, which is why today is important.”

Another point of contention among the protesters was Google’s mandatory arbitration requirement in employee contracts. Employees who were protesting submitted a letter to the company that stated they wanted Google to remove mandatory arbitration and allow sexual harassment lawsuits, the way the Microsoft Co. and Uber had done during the past year.

A letter to the CEO also requested that the board of directors include an employee representative and that Google’s Chief Diversity Officer report directly to the CEO.

Google has been known for its open relationship with employees where debate is encouraged and employees enjoy many perks that come with their jobs.

Do You Have Questions about Employment Law?

Having anti-sexual harassment policies in place has become vitally important for employers in many different industries and countries around the world.

If you have questions, our attorneys at Stephen Hans & Associates are glad to advise regarding your concerns.

EMPLOYMENT LAW ALERT: EMPLOYER COMPLIANCE WITH NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWS COMMENCES ON OCTOBER 9,2018

A BRIEF BY COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO COMPLY WITH THE NEWLY ENACTED NEW YORK STATE AND NEW YORK CITY SEXUAL HARASSMENT TRAINING LAWS

Author: CHRISTOPHER L. VAN DE WATER, ESQ. MANAGING PARTNER

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In 2018, both New York State and New York City have enacted the strictest harassment training laws in the Nation as a clear outgrowth of the #MeToo movement that swept the country following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. All Employers must begin compliance with the New York State Law commencing on October 1, 2019, and the New York City Law on April 1, 2019.

I. 2018 New York State Budget Sexual Harassment Training Provisions Contained within Part KK of S7507-C

On April 12, 2018 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law several bills that were included in the 2018-2019 New York State budget. The bills address workplace sexual harassment. Part KK of S7507-C 0g the new law requires New York employers to adopt and distribute a sexual harassment policy and training program. The new requirements take effect October 9, 2018.

A. Content Requirements of the New York State Sexual Harassment Policy:

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More specifically, the new law requires employers adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy which:

1)  prohibits sexual harassment and provides examples of prohibited conduct;

2)  includes information concerning federal and state sexual harassment lawsand mentions there may be applicable local laws;

3)  includes a standard complaint form;

4)  includes a procedure for the timely and confidential investigation ofcomplaints including due process for all parties;

5)  informs employees of their rights of redress and available forums foradjudicating claims administratively and judicially;

6)  clearly states sexual harassment is a form of employee misconduct and that sanctions will be enforced against individuals engaging in sexual harassment and against supervisory management who knowingly allow such behavior to continue; and

7)  clearly states retaliation against individuals who complain of sexual harassment or who testify or assist in any proceedings is unlawful.

 

This sexual harassment policy must then be provided to all of your employees in writing. It would be advisable to include this policy in your orientation package. You should should informally and formally routinely remind employees of this policy. Read More

The Stop Sexual Harassment Fact Sheet can be found here in English:

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE NYC AND NEW YORK STATE NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT LAWS

The two tables below detail the obligations and the differences between the New York State and New York City laws regarding:

  • Training Requirements (Table 1)
  • Training Content (Table 2) Read More

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Frequently Asked Questions about the New York Workers’ Compensation Coverage—Was My Injury Work-Related?

Author: Pyrros  & Serres LLP

Attorney-Michael-Pyrros, Workers Compensation AttorneysUnder the New York workers’ compensation laws, there are two requirements to recover workers’ compensation benefits—you must prove that you were injured and that the injury was work-related (sustained while you were in the course of your employment). Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked about pertaining to whether an accident was work-related.

Q: Can I recover workers’ compensation benefits if I was injured while on a break at work?   

A: Under state and federal labor laws, you are entitled to periodic breaks, including meal breaks, based on the number of hours you work. As a general rule, if you are on a meal break or regularly scheduled break, and you remain on company property (in the cafeteria, break room or other location), you will still be eligible for workers’ compensation for any injuries suffered. However, if you leave company premises to go on a meal break, you won’t be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits for injuries suffered on the break, unless you went at the request of your employer or were on a work-related errand.

Q: Does the injury have to occur on company premises?

A: Not necessarily. If your employer requires that you travel for work, whether it’s part of your daily regimen or you are attending a conference, workshop or meeting, you can recover workers’ compensation benefits, provided you weren’t involved in a personal endeavor at the time of the injury. As a general rule, there’s no coverage for injuries sustained on your commute to or from work, unless you deviated from your normal route to perform a work-related task.

Q: What if I am hurt at the company golf outing?

A: As a general rule, if you are injured at any type of company-sponsored event, whether it’s a business meeting, a team-building exercise, or pure entertainment, you have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits for your losses. There are exceptions, though. For example, if you engage in horseplay or consume too much alcohol, you may not be covered. However, if the company provided or encouraged the use of alcohol, there may still be liability.

Q: Can I recover workers’ compensation if I was partially responsible for my injuries?

A: That depends. The workers’ compensation laws are based on the legal concept of “no fault,” meaning that there’s no requirement to show that your employer was negligent in order to recover benefits. Because of that principle, it rarely matters whether you were careless—you will still be entitled to benefits. However, if your actions were in clear violation of company policies, or if it can be shown that your injuries were intentionally self-inflicted, your claim may be denied.

Effective Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Queens, New York

At Pyrros & Serres, we bring more than 50 years of combined workers’ compensation experience to clients throughout Queens and across the greater New York City area. We place a premium on personal service and attention, taking the time to learn the specific details of your case, so that we can tailor our efforts to get the outcome you seek. Because of our longstanding record of hard work and success, we receive many of our new cases as referrals from doctors, lawyers and satisfied clients.

We take all types of work-related injury claims, including cases involving:

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) | Fractures | Burns | Paralysis | Spinal Cord Injury | Permanent Scarring or Disfigurement | Amputation or Loss of Limb | Hip, Leg, Foot and Toe Injury | Hearing or Vision Loss | Back and Neck Injury | Shoulder, Arm, Hand and Finger Injury | Accidental or Wrongful Death | Occupational Disease or Illness

For more information about the services we provide, see our practice area overview page.

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How Would You Know Whether Your Newborn Suffered from Hypoxia and Asphyxia?

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Symptoms of Birth Hypoxia or Asphyxia that Parents Should Be Aware of

Birth hypoxia and asphyxia both refer to lack of oxygen to the brain in a fetus. This can occur right before, during or immediately after birth.

Seattle Children’s Research Foundation explains that a baby’s cells do not function properly when deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Oxygen deprivation can result in waste products building up in the cells, which causes damage.

What Factors Determine the Degree of Harm?

Factors that determine the extent of harm include:

  • The length of time the baby was deprived of oxygen
  • How low the baby’s oxygen level is
  • The speed with which the baby receives proper treatment

When hypoxia or asphyxia is mild, babies can fully recover. When it is severe, a baby may suffer from permanent injury, affecting the baby’s brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, bowels or other organs.

What Can Cause Asphyxia or Hypoxia?

The following can result in these medical conditions:

  • Airways blocked in the baby
  • Baby’s airway is not properly formed
  • Too little oxygen in the mother’s blood prior to delivery
  • Difficulties with the placenta prematurely separating from the womb
  • A long or difficult delivery
  • Umbilical cord problems during delivery
  • High or low blood pressure in the mother
  • Anemia in the baby where the baby’s blood cells do not carry enough oxygen

What You Should Look for

When suffering from asphyxia or hypoxia, a baby could be manifesting the following symptoms:

  • Not breathing or very weak breathing
  • Abnormal breathing
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Lack of energy (lethargy)
  • Low blood pressure
  • Not urinating
  • Blood clotting abnormalities
  • Skin color is bluish, gray or lighter than normal
  • Low heart rate
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Weak reflexes
  • Too much acid in the baby’s blood (acidosis)
  • The baby’s first stool shows evidence of amniotic fluid stain
  • Seizures

If you suspect that medical malpractice might have been a factor in your child’s care, consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP , we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your concerns.