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May 15, 2018

New York City Passes The "Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act"

On May 9, 2018, Mayor De Blasio signed into law the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act (the "Act"), which consists of 11 bills originally proposed by the New York City Council back in April of this year

The new legislation is aimed at combating sexual harassment in the workplace and strengthening protection for public and private employees. For more information on the Act, see our previous alert: New York City Council Proposes the "Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act. "

To recap, the Act amends the provisions of the New York City Human Rights Law, as it relates to sexual harassment, to apply to all New York City employers regardless of the number of employees. The Act also expands the statute of limitations for sexual harassment claims from one year to three years. Furthermore, all employers with 15 or more employees will be required to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment interactive training for all employees employed within New York City, for more than 80 hours in a calendar year, within 90 days of being hired. Additional annual training for supervisors and managerial employees is required under the Act. Employers in New York City will also be required to display anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities posters.

Takeaway for Employers

Employers should assess their sexual harassment and other preventive practices to ensure compliance with the Act. Employers should create sexual harassment training programs. To the extent that employers have sexual harassment and training policies in place, they should review those programs to ensure that they comply with the training requirements under the Act.

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