Employers in New York and nationwide have seen an increase in fraudulent claims for unemployment benefits.
When the New York State anti-sexual harassment training and policy requirements went into effect in 2018, many companies adopted the state’s model sexual harassment prevention policy.
On August 12, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.6577/A.8421) that greatly expanded the protections for workplace discrimination and harassment. These additional protections come just a little over one year after the state enacted comprehensive legislation designed to combat sexual harassment.
Effective October 15, 2018, New York City employers with four or more employees will be required to engage in a “cooperative dialogue” in response to employee accommodation requests for the following: disability-related accommodations; religious accommodations; accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition; and for the needs of a victim of domestic violence, sex offenses or stalking.
As discussed in our previous post, on April 12, 2018, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State Budget Bill which included “the nation’s most aggressive anti-sexual harassment agenda.” The draft guidance issued by the State on August 23, 2018 provided several significant policy and training requirements to address workplace sexual harassment. Yesterday, the Governor announced the release of the finalized materials and guidance after an active public comment period and some noteworthy adjustments were made to the draft guidance.