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March 4th, 2019

NYS Sexual Harassment: Do I have to Train 1099 Non-Employees?

NYS Sexual Harassment Training

Hey this is Matt from Benetech answering your common questions when it comes to NY State’s new Sexual Harassment Training. Today’s question:

Do I have to train my 1099 contracted employees to be compliant?

Great question, and it’s a short answer, but always with a caveat. This stuff is never that simple.

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So do you have to train your 1099 employees to be compliant with the NYS Sexual Harassment Training Mandate? The answer is:

No. Employers are only responsible for training their employees. Contracted employees would fall into the non-employee contractor category.

So I said there’s a caveat. What is it?

While the employer is not responsible for training 1099 employees, he or she is responsible for providing non-employees with a “harassment-free workplace.”

That means a non-employee working at your office, be they part of a janitorial service, or someone there for long-term project work, then they are subject to both the rules and protections provided by your employer policy.

Here's an example...

So if a non-employee janitor is repeatedly asking one of your employees out on a date, and your employee doesn’t want that, then that Janitor is in violation of your office policy and you can take that up with the Janitor’s employer.

On the flip-side...

However, if one of your employees is repeatedly hitting on the janitor, and that janitor doesn’t want that, then that non-employee janitor can come and complaint to his or her own boss, or directly to you. That non-employee janitor is subject to the protections under your sexual harassment prevention policy for a harassment free workplace.

So, while it is not an employer’s responsibility per say to train non-employees, that employer must make sure that their policy is posted where non-employees can read it. To be extra safe, employers may even go as far as to have non-employees review their Sexual Harassment Prevention policy, and sign-off on having done so.

So, great question, we’re going to keep posting more quick Q and A’s on this topic and other compliance topics. So please subscribe.

And if you are a NYS employer looking for an affordable training solution, we’ve got the simplest and affordable solution on the market getting your employees trained and your company compliant for as low as $180 a year. Don’t get sucked into the common mistake of overpaying for compliance.

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About Matt Ingold

Matt serves as Benetech's Director of Business Development. He helps employers reduce the cost of personnel management, and discover where improved talent management can give their business a competitive advantage.

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