Reminder: Key Provisions of New York’s Sexual Harassment Law Take Effect Today

New York State and New York City recently passed several anti-harassment laws in the wake of the #MeToo movement that will soon require employers to provide annual sexual harassment prevention training to all workers, distribute a comprehensive sexual harassment prevention policy, and update their form employment contracts and settlement agreements. Today, key parts of the state law go into effect.  Companies in the insurance and reinsurance industries are covered by the new laws. No Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Claims. Effective July 11, 2018, New York State law prohibits employers with more than four employees from including contractual provisions in any written employment contracts that mandate arbitration of sexual harassment claims. Ban on Non-Disclosure Agreements. Also effective July 11, 2018, New York State law prohibits employers from including confidentiality/nondisclosure clauses in settlement agreements of sexual harassment claims, unless the…

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