As we previously reported, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act” (the “Act”) into law earlier this year. The New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “NYCCHR”) has now released additional guidance, including the mandatory fact sheet and notice referenced in the Act.
Effective September 6, 2018, all New York City employers must display the anti-sexual harassment notice in a conspicuous location. The notice provides examples of sexual harassment and how to report incidents within an employer’s organization or to the NYCCHR. Additionally, New York City employers must provide the fact sheet to all new hires. Employers may comply with this requirement by placing the fact sheet in an employee handbook, as long as the handbook is distributed to new hires.
The NYCCHR posted the fact sheet and notice on its new website, which includes additional information on the Act. As a reminder, beginning on April 1, 2019, New York City employers with at least 15 employees will be required to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment trainings. These trainings must be “interactive” and explain what sexual harassment is, along with the process of reporting complaints internally and to the respective federal, state, and city administrative agencies.
The Labor and Employment Team at Hogan Lovells has extensive experience providing interactive anti-harassment training, developing anti-harassment policies and complaint procedures, and guiding companies on the best practices for complying with federal and state labor and employment laws. We will continue to keep you updated on the latest developments concerning recent legislation introduced to address sexual harassment in the workplace.
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