April 27, 2018

Combating Sexual Harassment

The recently approved state budget included significant changes to laws combating sexual harassment in the workplace. The budget included:

  • Establishing a model sexual harassment policy, in consultation with the Department of Labor and Division of Human Rights, for employers to adopt or use to establish a similar policy that meets or exceeds the minimum standards of the model policy
  • Amending the law to protect contractors, subcontractors, vendors, consultants or others providing services in the workplace from sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Requiring all state contractors to submit an affirmation that they have a sexual harassment policy and that they have trained all of their employees.
  • Prohibiting employers from using a mandatory arbitration provision in an employment contract in relation to sexual harassment.
  • Requiring officers and employees of the state or of any public entity to reimburse the state for any state or public payment made upon a judgement of intentional wrongdoing related to sexual harassment.
    The Chamber encourages you to review these new provisions aimed at combating sexual harassment.