On April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Budget Bill which includes several significant requirements to address workplace sexual harassment.

Proclaimed by Cuomo as “the nation’s most aggressive anti-sexual harassment agenda,” the new rules include protecting certain non-employees from harassment, prohibiting mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims (including how it interplays with collective bargaining agreements), rules on the use of confidentiality/non-disclosure clauses, and harassment prevention policy and training requirements. These new provisions will be phased in over the next six months.

Here are some brief highlights:

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