Employment Law Update
All employers should be concerned about the recently passed New York State Sexual Harassment Law. The law requires all employers to comply with the following new requirements by October 9, 2018:
- Adopt the policy prohibiting sexual harassment in the form promulgated by the New York State Department of Labor (the “NYSDOL”) in consultation with the New York State Division of Human Rights, or adopt another policy that equals or exceeds the standards set by the NYSDOL; and
- Provide annual sexual harassment training for all their employees.
Needless to say, the State has not provided the “form of policy” with which employers must comply. We will continue to monitor NYSDOL reporting in anticipation of further guidance, including potential penalties for noncompliance. We will notify you as soon as they become available.
The Labor and Employment Practice Group for Spolzino Smith Buss & Jacobs LLP consists of Jack Malley, Joanna Topping, Michael Mauro, Jacob Amir and Matthew Beyer. Our attorneys have broad experience counseling owners, managing agents and cooperative and condominium Boards regarding their rights and obligations as employers, including dealing with unions such as Local 32 BJ and other collective bargaining units. The Group also litigates on behalf of employers in federal and state courts, the federal and NYS Departments of Labor, New York State Division of Human Rights, New York City Commission on Human Rights, EEOC, and other governmental agencies.