April 1st is just a few weeks away. I’m not telling you this to remind you to look out for pranks (which don’t really belong in the workplace anyway), but because 4/1/19 is an important deadline for employers in New York City. It’s the day The Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act becomes law.
I’m not sure if the NYC legislature made a good decision when it chose April Fools’ Day as the effective date for these new regulations. After all, sexual harassment—and workplace discrimination of all kinds—is no joke. Regardless, if you do business in the Big Apple, you can’t afford to take this deadline lightly.
The Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act is not an inconsequential law. It actually comprises 11 measures that, in the words of friends at Fisher Phillips, “significantly expand the obligations of New York City employers to prevent sexual harassment.” The new law will, among other things…
- require mandatory yearly sexual harassment training;
- expand New York City Human Rights Law coverage to protect all employees, regardless of employer size;
- lengthen the statute of limitations from 1 year to 3 years;
- require all employers in NYC are required to conspicuously display anti-harassment notices in both English and Spanish, as well as distribute a factsheet to individual employees at the time of hire.
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