File #: Int 0553-2022    Version: * Name: Requiring the fire dept to implement training on diversity, inclusion, and harassment.
Type: Introduction Status: Laid Over in Committee
Committee: Committee on Fire and Emergency Management
On agenda: 6/16/2022
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the fire department to implement training on diversity, inclusion, and harassment
Sponsors: Kevin C. Riley, Tiffany Cabán, Shaun Abreu, Christopher Marte, Alexa Avilés, Crystal Hudson, Lincoln Restler, Julie Won, Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, Marjorie Velázquez, Shekar Krishnan, Amanda Farías, Carmen N. De La Rosa, Pierina Ana Sanchez, (by request of the Bronx Borough President)
Council Member Sponsors: 14
Summary: The proposed legislation would require the Fire Department, in consultation with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Commission on Human Rights, to develop and implement a plan for providing ongoing training and education to all members and staff regarding harassment, diversity and inclusion. Such plan would be required to include annual in-person training regarding the Department’s harassment policies and annual in-person training regarding diversity and inclusion for all Fire Department staff and members. The Fire Department would also be required to post a report each year on its website regarding efforts taken to implement the diversity, inclusion and harassment training plan.
Indexes: Report Required
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 553, 2. Int. No. 553, 3. June 16, 2022 - Stated Meeting Agenda, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 6-16-22, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - June 16, 2022, 6. Committee Report 9/19/22, 7. Hearing Testimony 9/19/22, 8. Hearing Transcript 9/19/22

Int. No. 553

 

By Council Members Riley, Cabán, Abreu, Marte, Avilés, Hudson, Restler, Won, Brooks-Powers, Velázquez, Krishnan, Farías, De La Rosa and Sanchez (by request of the Bronx Borough President)

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the fire department to implement training on diversity, inclusion, and harassment

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Title 15 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 15-141 to read as follows:

15-141 Diversity, inclusion, and harassment training.  a. The department, in consultation with the department of citywide administrative services and commission on human rights, shall develop and implement a plan for providing ongoing training and education to all members and staff regarding harassment, diversity and inclusion.  Such plan shall include, but not be limited to:

1. Providing annual in-person training for all department staff and members regarding the department’s harassment policies;

2.  Providing annual in-person training for all department staff and members regarding diversity and inclusion, which  shall include but not be limited to instruction on: (a) cultural sensitivity, (b) conscious and unconscious biases in relation to race ethnicity, gender and sexual identity, and (c) fostering positive attitudes regarding departmental diversity and inclusion; 

3. Providing members and staff in supervisory roles with training on promoting inclusion within the workplace, and identifying and remedying workplace discrimination and harassment, including through mediation and restorative practices;

4. Providing advanced training on diversity, inclusion and the department’s harassment policies to dedicated staff and members responsible for visiting firehouses on a rotating basis to provide counseling, training and mediation sessions on issues related to diversity, inclusion and harassment; and

5. Engaging with department staff and members, including affinity group leaders, on a quarterly basis regarding efforts the department should take to improve workplace culture for firefighters of diverse backgrounds.

b. Reporting. The department shall post a report on its website by March 1st of each year regarding efforts taken to implement the diversity, inclusion and harassment training plan as required by subdivision a of this section.  Such report shall include but not be limited to details on specific department actions and budgetary commitments made to implementing each provision contained within subdivision a of this section.

§ 2.   This local law takes effect immediately after it becomes law.

 

 

 

Session 12:

LS 9331

JDK

5/24/2022

 

Session 11:

Int. 1768-2019

LS #10589; 10592; 11091