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State legislative activity update

Since the end of the 2019 legislative session, 122 bills have been approved by Gov. Cuomo and chaptered, including the following bills of interest to HANYS and our members:

  • Prohibiting discrimination against religious attire – clarifies that it is an unlawful discriminatory practice for an employer to require a person to violate or forego the wearing of religious attire, clothing or facial hair, unless the employer demonstrates that it is unable to reasonably accommodate without undue hardship (Chapter 154).
  • Workplace harassment protections – increases protections for employees from sexual harassment by removing the “severe and pervasive” standard, expanding non-disclosure agreement prohibition and extending statute of limitations for sexual harassment claims from one to three years (Chapters 160 & 161).

There are currently 755 bills that passed both houses but are still awaiting delivery to the governor for consideration and action before the end of the year. We will update members as the governor takes action on bills of interest. 

Should you have questions on the information provided or any other legislative activity or issues please contact our state governmental affairs team: Amy Nickson, vice president, governmental affairs; Katie Gordon, director, research and legislation; and Scott Janke, director, state governmental affairs.

Published August 16, 2019