On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.6577/A.8421) that greatly expanded the protections for workplace discrimination and harassment. These additional protections come just a little over one year after the state enacted comprehensive legislation designed to combat sexual harassment.
Effective October 15, 2018, New York City employers with four or more employees will be required to engage in a “cooperative dialogue” in response to employee accommodation requests for the following: disability-related accommodations; religious accommodations; accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition; and for the needs of a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking.
As discussed in our previous post, on April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Budget Bill which included “the nation’s most aggressive anti-sexual harassment agenda.” The draft guidance issued by the State on August 23, 2018 provided several significant policy and training requirements to address workplace sexual harassment. Yesterday, the Governor announced the release of the finalized materials and guidance after an active public comment period and some noteworthy adjustments were made to the draft guidance.
As discussed in our May 18, 2018 LEGALcurrents®, on April 12, 2018 Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York State Budget, which included new requirements to address workplace sexual harassment. Under the new rules, by October 9, 2018 all New York employers (regardless of size) are required to either adopt the State’s model anti-harassment policy and training or adopt a policy and implement a training program that meets New York standards.