As we close the books on 2019, and enter the new decade, New York employers should keep a list of all new legislation handy. Below is our brief summary of legislation effective 2020.
New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL)
In August 2019, Governor Cuomo signed groundbreaking legislation amending the NYSHRL, which we covered. Several pieces of the law will become effective in the upcoming months, including the following:
- January 1, 2020: Settlement agreements cannot bar individuals from speaking to an attorney, the New York State Division of Human Rights, the EEOC, local human rights commissions, or any other form of law enforcement.
- February 8, 2020: NYSHRL will be applicable to employers of all sizes who do business in the state.
- August 12, 2020: Statute of limitations for filing sexual harassment claims with the State Division of Human rights will be expanded from one to three years.