Employee Training Requirements and Resources for New York Businesses
Updated: 5 days ago
Over the past several years, New York, like every other state and region of the world, has seen a dramatic shift in how businesses build and deliver employee training programs.
The introduction of powerful new SaaS-based technologies, combined with increasingly remote and hybrid workforces has led many companies away from in-person, classroom-based training in favor of online learning (eLearning).
The foundational technology to support an eLearning-based training program is a Learning Management System (LMS). This is the application that is used to build, deliver, manage, and track an eLearning program.
Employee Training Requirements for New York Businesses
In addition to a shift to eLearning, New York businesses have seen an evolving set of requirements for employee training. Some of these include:
Sexual Harassment Prevention Training
Employers with four or more employees must provide sexual harassment prevention training to all employees on an annual basis. The training must cover topics such as the definition of sexual harassment, how to report it, and the employer's policies and procedures for addressing it.
Workplace Violence Prevention Training
Employers in certain industries, such as healthcare and social services, must provide workplace violence prevention training to their employees. The training should cover topics such as recognizing the signs of potential violence, strategies for de-escalating situations, and emergency response procedures.
Bloodborne Pathogens Training
Employers in certain industries, such as healthcare and emergency services, must provide bloodborne pathogens training to their employees. The training should cover topics such as how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted, how to protect against exposure, and what to do in the event of an exposure incident.
Hazard Communication Training
Employers must provide hazard communication training to employees who work with hazardous chemicals. The training should cover topics such as how to read and interpret safety data sheets, how to handle and store hazardous chemicals, and what to do in the event of a chemical spill or exposure.
Employers must provide COVID-19 training to employees on topics such as how to prevent the spread of the virus, how to use personal protective equipment (PPE), and what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
It's important for employers to ensure that all employees receive the necessary training and that the training is documented. Failure to comply with these training requirements can result in fines and penalties. It is recommended to work with an employment lawyer to understand the full requirements for employee training.
Employee Training Resources for New York Businesses
New York State provides a variety of resources for businesses to help them meet their employee training requirements. Here are some resources that employers can utilize:
New York State Department of Labor
The New York State Department of Labor provides a range of training resources, including online courses and webinars, to help employers meet their training requirements. They also offer resources on safety and health training, workplace violence prevention, and more.
New York State Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
The New York State SBDC offers training and resources to help small businesses comply with state regulations, including training requirements. They offer workshops and online training on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment prevention, cybersecurity, and more.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA provides training resources on a range of safety and health topics, including bloodborne pathogens, hazard communication, and workplace violence prevention. They offer online courses, webinars, and in-person training options.
Local Business Associations
Many local business associations offer training resources and workshops to help businesses meet their training requirements. They may also provide access to training materials and experts who can provide guidance and support.
Professional associations related to specific industries may offer training resources and workshops tailored to the needs of their members. This can be a valuable resource for businesses in those industries to ensure they are meeting their training requirements and staying up-to-date on industry-specific regulations.
It's important for employers to research and utilize these resources to ensure that their employees receive the necessary training and that the training is documented. Compliance with training requirements can help businesses avoid fines and penalties, while also promoting a safe and healthy workplace.
About LMS Portals
At LMS Portals, we provide our clients and partners with a SaaS-based, multi-tenant learning management system that allows you to launch a dedicated training environment (a portal) for each of your unique audiences.
The system includes an embedded course authoring tool that enables most anyone to build engaging courses quickly and easily.
We offer a complete library of ready-made corporate training courses. So you can build your own courses, utilize our off-the-shelf library, or some combination of the two.
If you choose to, you can create Learning Paths to deliver courses in a logical progression and add structure to your training program. The system also supports Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) and provides tools for online coaching and social learning.
The combination of our platform features and services make LMS Portals the ideal choice for our New York-based clients and partners.
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