Mandatory annual sexual harassment training for employees in New York City is one feature of a package of legislation targeting sexual harassment in the workplace signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio on May 9, 2018. Most private employers in New York City will be required to conduct annual sexual harassment training for employees beginning April 1, 2019.

During the bill signing and press conference, Mayor de Blasio remarked “I’m proud to say today, with this legislation, New York City government is standing up. We’re saying very clearly where we stand and what we believe – we will not tolerate harassment or abuse of any kind.”

In addition, the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) now covers employers with fewer than four employees with respect to claims of sexual harassment. This aligns the NYCHRL with the New York State Human Rights Law’s coverage of sexual harassment claims.

Further, effective immediately, the statute of limitations for filing harassment claims arising under the NYCHRL with the New York City Commission on Human Rights is three years, rather than one year, after the alleged conduct.