Legislative Memo

Frank Kerbein
Director, Center for Human Resources
T 518.465.7511


A.8195 (Rosenthal) / S.5606 (Little)



Requires sexual harassment training for hotel and motel employees



June 10, 2011


This bill would impose unwarranted and expensive training and notification obligations on private sector employers in New York State. The Business Council opposes enactment of this bill. 

This bill comes shortly after two arrests for alleged sexual assaults occurring in two New York City hotels.  Our current legal system is now applying the appropriate process to adjudicate these allegations.  There would have been no impact had the employer obligations contained in this proposal been in affect prior to the alleged assaults by the two individuals referred to.  The mandates in this bill are unnecessary.

These unnecessary and time consuming requirements are an attempt to single out one sector of an industry that is already under the heavy hand of state government. This bill does not consider safety systems that these employers already employ nor does it reflect the culture, size and location of these businesses and their vast diversity here in New York State.

For these reasons, The Business Council opposes this bill and strongly urges that it not be enacted by the New York State Legislature.