Labor and Employment Alert: New York State and New York City Sexual Harassment Laws to Take Effect

In our April 24, 2018 alert, we reviewed the newly enacted New York State and New York City sexual harassment laws that were coming into effect later in the year. As New York State and New York City publish guidance on these new laws, it is a good time for employers to review their policies to ensure they are compliant with their new obligations.

Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act Taking Effect on September 6


On May 9, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act. This new law expands sexual harassment protections under the New York City Human Rights Law by applying provisions related to gender-based discrimination to all employers, regardless of the number of employees. It also increases the statute of limitations for filing harassment claims from one year to three years from the time that the alleged harassment occurred.

New Notice and Training Requirements for Employers

New York State Sexual Harassment Prevention Law Taking Effect on October 9


On April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new sexual harassment prevention law. The new law limits confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements, precludes the arbitration of sexual harassment claims, expands coverage of sexual harassment laws to contractors, vendors, and consultants, and requires employers to adopt sexual harassment prevention policies and conduct annual training on such policies.

Templates for New Policy and Training Materials Released by New York State

For more information about both the New York State and New York City laws addressing sexual harassment in the workplace, please see our previous alert.

For questions about how to comply with the new sexual harassment prevention laws, contact labor and employment partner Robert J. Tracy at or (212) 705-9814.