The New York State budget, which Governor Andrew Cuomo signed on April 13, 2018, contains new sexual harassment prevention requirements applicable to all New York employers. Non-disclosure provisions in settlement agreements and mandatory arbitration clauses for sexual harassment claims are prohibited effective July 11, 2018. Mandatory annual sexual harassment training and written anti-harassment policy will be effective October 9, 2018.
The new laws will impose employer responsibilities and restrictions including: mandatory annual training, prohibitions on arbitration and confidentiality clauses, and specific policy requirements.
If you haven’t held non-harassment training in a while, be sure to schedule a training session soon. Need help? Contact us at ESC.