In the wake of the #MeToo movement, both New York State and New York City
have enacted new laws to stop sexual harassment. Key deadlines to be aware
of are as follows:
September 6, 2018: New York City employers must display a "Stop Sexual Harassment Act
Notice" and provide employees at the time of hire with a "Stop
Sexual Harassment Act Fact Sheet." Both of these documents are accessible
here. The Fact Sheet may also be included in an employer's handbooks.
October 9, 2018: Every New York State employer must provide anti-sexual harassment training
on an annual basis. Employers can use either a training program created
by the State or a program that equals or exceeds the State devised program.
The State's draft model program provides that current employees must
have this training by January 1, 2019. All new employees should complete
this training within 30 days of their start date. In addition, the State
will require employers to distribute the State's Anti-Harassment Policy
to all employees. Employers may use a model policy that will be created
by the State.
April 1, 2019: New York City will require employers with 15 or more employees to provide
anti-sexual harassment training annually and to new employees within 90
days of hire. The City will create an interactive training program.
In addition to the foregoing, New York State has already enacted laws which
limit the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements that
resolve sexual harassment claims. Moreover, new legislation provides that
most employment agreements in New York State cannot require employees
to submit claims for sexual harassment to mandatory arbitration.
Feel free to contact our offices for assistance in complying with the
new City and State legislation.
Should you have any questions on this or other
employment-related matters, please contact Mr. Kimler at 516.437.4385, x122, or