We are pleased and excited to have a quarterly newsletter!
In the upcoming months we will ask for Field Staff feedback as to the content they wish to read about. My first introductory portion of this newsletter will concentrate on NYS Mandatory Sexual Harassment policy.
Under Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New York State is a national leader in the fight against sexual harassment in the workplace and the 2019 Budget includes legislation to further combat it. Under the new law, every employer in New York State is now required to establish a sexual harassment prevention policy pursuant to Section 201-g of the Labor Law. The Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights has established a model sexual harassment prevention policy for employers which The Nurse Connection Staffing is following.
Harassment is a form of discrimination that consists of words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical actions or violence that is directed at an employee due to any protected characteristic. These include age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, gender identity and criminal history.
Harassment includes offensive behavior based on stereotypes about a protected class and behavior that is intended to cause discomfort or humiliation because of a protected characteristic. It also includes any expression of contempt or hatred for the group to which the victim belongs based on a protected characteristic.
We have a zero tolerance policy toward harassment. Any harassing behavior will be investigated and the perpetrator or perpetrators will be told to stop. Disciplinary action will be taken, if appropriate. If the behavior is sufficiently serious, disciplinary action may include termination. Repeated behavior, especially after an employee has been told to stop, is particularly serious and will be dealt with accordingly
We have until October 9, 2019 to make sure all Staff (office and/or Field Staff) must complete the sexual harassment in-service. Our Clinical and Education department led by Shelley Schwedatscheko, RN, Director of Clinical Services and Education and her team are diligently scheduling Field Staff employees for this mandatory in-service.
Please make every positive effort to service this mandatory in-service (if you haven’t done so already).
Lynn E. Coveney
Director of Human Resources
518-459-6612 Ext 102
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