On April 12, 2018, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the New York State budget bill, which makes some big changes in the obligations of New York employers relative to sexual harassment.
The new law has both immediate and rolling implications for all New York employers.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY (I.E., RIGHT NOW)
The New York State Human Rights law now extends protections to certain non-employees, including contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants, and other persons providing services pursuant to a contract.
This means that employers may now be held liable for the sexual harassment of non-employees if the employer, its agents, or supervisors knew or should have known that the non-employee was subjected to sexual harassment and the employer failed to take appropriate corrective action.
This is a significant change in the law and employers should make sure that Human Resources and managers are aware of it.