[lg policy] Is Your Company Speaking the Right Language?

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Oct 26 11:02:16 EDT 2018


Is Your Company Speaking the Right Language?
Ford & Harrison LLP
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USA <https://www.lexology.com/hub/usa> October 24 2018

On October 17, 2018, the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL)
released foreign language resources for employers and employees regarding
the state’s new sexual harassment prevention laws and the necessary policy
and training documents. As discussed in our August 29, 2018 Alert
<https://www.fordharrison.com/new-york-state-issues-draft-anti-sexual-harassment-training>,
earlier this year, New York State passed several new laws aimed at
expanding employee awareness of sexual harassment. Among the new
requirements placed on employers is mandatory annual anti-sexual harassment
training and an anti-sexual harassment policy, which were required to be
implemented by October 9, 2018. The state previously published English
versions of a Model Sexual Harassment Policy, Model Complaint Form,
Training Requirements, and FAQs, available at
https://www.ny.gov/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace/employers.

In addition to the previously released English language version, these
materials have now been released in the following languages: Chinese,
Haitian-Creole, Korean, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Spanish and are
available at
https://www.ny.gov/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace/combat-harassment-translations
.

Employers are required to provide policy and training materials in an
employee’s primary language. If the NYSDOL has not translated a document
into the language spoken by an employee, an employer is considered in
compliance by providing the employee English language documents.



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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~haroldfs/

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