This past April, the New York City Council passed the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act
to help prevent harassment within workplaces throughout NYC.
On May 9th
, Mayor Bill de Blasio officially signed the act into law, which triggered a countdown to various effective dates of different provisions within the legislation.
Some of these provisions became effective immediately, while others were set to take effect throughout 2018 and early 2019.
One in particular will be effective in early September, and it is important for employers in New York City to understand what this provision means and how to remain compliant with it.
Employers in NYC Must Display Anti-Sexual Harassment Posters and Information
Under the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act, and effective on September 6th, 2018
, NYC employers must comply with notice-posting requirements
More specifically, all New York City employers covered under the law must “conspicuously display an anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities poster” and distribute a sexual harassment information sheet to new hires.
Both the poster and information sheet will be designed by the New York City Commission on Human Rights
, which have since been made available to employers.
The posters must be at least 8.5 x 14 inches, have a minimum 12-point type, and be displayed – at a minimum – in English and Spanish versions in breakrooms or other common areas where employees gather.
The information fact sheet may either be distributed to new employees as a separate document or as part of an employee handbook
Employers can find these resources on the New York City Commission on Human Right’s website.
What Does the Poster and Information Sheet Cover?
The poster and information sheet employers will be required to display and provide to employees will contain the following details:
- 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 constitutes sexual harassment, including examples
- The complaint process that is available through the New York City Commission on Human Rights, as well as how to contact them
- The complaint process that is available through the State Division of Human Rights, as well as how to contact them
- The complaint process that is available through the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as how to contact them
- Retaliation by employers is prohibited under New York City Law
New York City Employers Must Have These Materials Displayed by September 6
This provision of the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act takes effect on September 6th, 2018
. This means that employers must display the anti-sexual harassment poster and distribute the employee information sheet no later than September 6th
Failing to properly display and hand out these notices could result in fines and penalties for employers.
Be sure to visit the New York City Commission on Human Rights for additional information about the law and when all provisions take effect.
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