15 Nov New Sexual Harassment Laws Go Into Effect
New York State’s new anti-Sexual Harassment in the Workplace law has gone into effect, and requires that all employers regardless of size adopt and distribute a written sexual harassment prevention policy.
The New York State law also requires that by Oct. 9, 2019, all employers must implement sexual harassment training for all employees who work a portion of their time in New York.
New York State has issued a model sexual harassment policy that employers can adopt and distribute in order to comply with the law. If employers want to draft their own policy, New York has issued requirements that employers must meet to ensure their policy is compliant.
New York City has also passed its own similar law. The New York City law requires that New York City employers must display a poster in English and Spanish about anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities.
New York State has issued a model sexual harassment policy that employers can use. The model policy is available here: https://www.ny.gov/combating-sexual-harassment-workplace/employers
The State and City laws include other requirements and provisions that could affect your business, including rules relating to independent contractors, and permissible provisions in employment agreements.
This article does not provide legal advice. If you are interested in understanding these new regulations, contact Heerde Blum LLP online or by phone at (212) 920-5858 or (310) 620-7172.