July 11, 2019
Authored by: Jay Warren and Laurie Belony
In 2018, in response to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, New York State enacted laws to provide stronger protections against workplace sexual harassment, including mandating that New York employers have a complaint and investigation process and a sexual harassment policy, and provide their employees with training.
On June 19, 2019, the New York Legislature voted to further reform New York law and to extend protections under the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”) to employees of all protected categories from all forms of discriminatory harassment in the workplace. See NYS Assembly Bill No. A8421. The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, who supported the measure.
Once enacted, some provisions will take immediate effect while others will be phased in over the course of one year. Here is the timeline for some of the provisions: