The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association will host a Continuing Education seminar at Belmont Park on Monday, Nov. 12. The two-hour training seminar will be conducted by Hilary Moreira, a labor and employment law attorney at the firm of Bond, Schoenck and King, who will review current Department of Labor regulations relevant to the racing industry. The first hour will focus on the wage and hour topics of travel time, meal periods, split shifts and allowances; the second hour will bring horsemen up to date on New York’s new sexual harassment legislation.
Trainers and assistant trainers who attend will earn two hours of CE credit toward the four-hour annual New York State Gaming Commission requirement. The seminar will be held in the Film Theater in the basement at Belmont Park.
NEW YORK STATE ADOPTS NEW ANTI-HARASSMENT REGULATIONS
As of October 9, 2018, all New York State employers must adopt a sexual harassment prevention policy and complaint form and must provide a written copy of the policy to all employees, and to certain non-employees working or providing services in the workplace, including paid and unpaid interns, temporary employees, independent contractors, vendors, and consultants. Examples include but are not limited to veterinarians, blacksmiths, equine therapists, equine dentists, etc. The policy must also be posted conspicuously in the workplace. Many employers may already have sexual harassment policies in place, but New York State has provided an 8-page template which brings anti-harassment policies into compliance with the new regulations. The links to the template and complaint form is below. They are currently only available in English. If you would like assistance in creating a policy for your stable, please stop by the NYTHA Office and we will be happy to help. In addition, NYTHA can provide copies of the policy and complaint form to trainers.
Every employer should set up a protocol to maintains a receipt/acknowledgement from each employee who receives a copy of the policy, which should be distributed to all new hires as well, and records should be kept for at least six years.
New York City has also adopted new sexual harassment regulations. To ensure that New York’s horsemen are in compliance, NYTHA, with the help of Team RTCA-NY, has posted anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities notices in English and Spanish in all barns at Aqueduct. If you do not have these notices in your barn at Aqueduct, please contact the NYTHA Office at (516) 488-2337, and we will get them to you. THESE NOTICES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR BARNS AT BELMONT PARK OR SARATOGA.
In addition, trainers with employees at Aqueduct should provide copies of the anti-sexual harassment factsheet to all employees, and to new employees at the time of hire. Links to the factsheets are below; they are also available in the NYTHA Office.