New York passed a prohibition on smoking on the grounds of libraries which took effect on June 19, 2019. Public Health Law §1399-o was amended by adding a new subdivision 6 to read:
6. Smoking shall not be
permitted and no person shall smoke within one hundred feet of the entrances,
exits or outdoor areas of any public or association library as defined in
subdivision two of section two hundred fifty-three of the education law;
provided, however, that the provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to
smoking in a residence, or within the real property boundary lines of such
residential real property.
Libraries (which includes reading rooms) are required to “prominently post” and “properly maintain” signage where smoking is restricted. The signs should be located approximately where the 100-foot restricted perimeter begins, or as close as possible. Libraries which are co-located in a building with non-library entities should contact the local county department of health to determine what is required to comply with the law. A sign needs to be outside of each door of the building, regardless of whether such door serves as a public entrance or exit.
We recommend that each library adopt a Tobacco Free Policy. Below is a sample that libraries can use and customize for their needs.
Under a new law passed in 2018, employers must offer yearly sexual harassment prevention training required by the State of New York. All employees and Board members need to attend the training. Volunteers and interns are strongly encouraged to take the training. Any employee or Board member who does the training through another employer does NOT need to duplicate the effort—just show your completion certificate to your director or other person you’ve designated for tracking compliance. The initial deadline for compliance was October 9, 2019.
In the summer of 2019, CEFLS offered some live training session, but there is another option for those who couldn’t attend: a FREE online certification. This is a course prepared by New York City and has a few points that go further than State law requires, but it does meet all State requirements. Once completed you will be able to print a certificate of completion. It takes about 45 minutes to complete the course. Find it at the following link:
Helping All Trustees Succeed (HATS) Mini-Webinars — A series of short online webinars focused on information trustees need to know. Issues such as Open Meetings Law, the Role of the Board President, Hiring a New Director, as well as other topics, covered in 10-15 minute presentations.
A recent series on the site TechSoup.org explains how to go about getting 501(c)3 status. Written by a retired IRS official, the series goes beyond what’s available on the IRS website. The first part is available here: http://bit.ly/1qKJEvg.