August 19, 2018
Employment Law Alert
By September 6, 2018, New York City employers must post an anti-sexual harassment notice and provide new hires with an anti-sexual harassment factsheet. This alert describes and includes links to these newly published documents.
As we previously reported, the Stop Sexual Harassment in New York City Act (the “Act”) will soon require private employers with 15 or more employees working in New York City to conduct annual anti-sexual harassment training for all employees, to post an anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities poster in the workplace and to provide an anti-sexual harassment information sheet to all new hires, among other things. 
As required by the Act, the New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) recently released the Stop Sexual Harassment Act Notice (the “Notice”) that employers must post in breakrooms or other common areas, along with the Stop Sexual Harassment Act Factsheet (the “Factsheet”) that employers must provide to all employees at the time of hire. Copies of the Notice and Factsheet can be found here and here, respectively. The effective date of these posting and notice requirements is September 6, 2018.
The Notice and Factsheet are virtually identical in substance. Specifically, both documents summarize the New York City Human Rights Law, define and provide examples of sexual harassment, state that employers may not retaliate against employees who oppose or speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace and include information and resources for reporting sexual harassment. Despite the similarities between the documents, employers must ensure they comply with both the posting and notice requirements under the Act.
Aside from publishing the Notice and Factsheet, the Commission also created a new webpage, as required by the Act, providing additional information regarding the Act and resources about sexual harassment. The Commission has not yet, however, developed the online training module that New York City employers can use to comply with the training requirements of the Act.
By September 6, 2018, employers should post the Notice in a location where employees can see it. Although the Act requires employers to post the Notice in English and Spanish, the Commission has not yet published the Spanish version of the Notice. Employers should also make sure to include the Factsheet as part of the materials provided to all new hires to ensure compliance with the Act.
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