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SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND SMALL BUSINESSES

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Awareness surrounding legislation prohibiting sexual harassment may be wider spread in the small business community than commonly perceived. In fact, many New York State small businesses would already be in compliance if Governor Cuomo were to amend the state law to require employers to develop a policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace. That's because these businesses already have a non-harassment policy in their employee handbook, according to Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX), the payroll and human resource services company which prepared their handbooks.
 "We encourage our clients to include a non-harassment policy in their employee handbook even though it is not mandated by New York State law at this time," said Tony Tortorella, national sales manager for Paychex' Human Resource Services division.
 The non-harassment policy in the handbook defines harassment with descriptions and specific examples, explains the grievance process and includes an anti-retaliation statement, or a company's commitment to resolving the situation without retaliation against the employee should this situation occur.
 "Non-harassment policies, which include sexual harassment, are just good business sense," said Tortorella. "It shows a commitment on the part of the employer that this type of behavior will not be tolerated."
 Paychex prepares tailored employee handbooks for more than 4,200 businesses nationwide. The handbooks are tailored to the business and include local, state and federal-specific policies, which are selected from a database that is reviewed by labor law attorneys for legal accuracy.
 Only three states have mandated non-harassment policies, including Connecticut, Maine and, most recently, California.
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 /CONTACT: Kelly Ketchel Brown of Paychex, Inc., 716-383-3153/
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