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NYC Stop Sexual Harassment Act

On May 9, 2018, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act, a comprehensive legislative package aimed at addressing and preventing sexual harassment in the workplace, into law. Employers with 15 or more employees are required to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for all employees.

Under Local Law 96 of 2018, employers with 15 or more employees are required to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for all employees. Effective April 2019, employers have one year to implement the training for all employees and must ensure all employees are trained annually thereafter.

The Commission will develop and share an online training to be available on its website that will satisfy this requirement in the coming months. Employers may also choose to provide their own annual anti-sexual harassment training for employees provided that it includes the following elements:

• An explanation of sexual harassment as a form of unlawful discrimination under local law;

• A statement that sexual harassment is also a form of unlawful discrimination under state and federal law;

• A description of what sexual harassment is, using examples;

• Any internal complaint process available to employees through their employer to address sexual harassment claims;

• The complaint process available through the Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, including contact information;

• The prohibition of retaliation including examples;

• Information concerning bystander intervention, including but not limited to any resources that explain how to engage in bystander intervention; and

• The specific responsibilities of supervisory and managerial employees in the prevention of sexual harassment and retaliation, and measures that such employees may take to appropriately address sexual harassment complaints.

All applicable training should be done during paid work hours. Please click here for more information.

Employers are also required to provide written notice of employees’ rights under the Human Rights Law in English and Spanish both in the form of a displayed poster and as an information sheet distributed to individual employees at the time of hire. A link to the Sexual Harassment Act Fact Sheet is provided here