On November 17, 2023, Governor Hochul signed State Assembly Bill A00501 into law, extending the statute of limitations for discrimination and retaliation claims brought under the New York State Human Rights Law (“NYSHRL”) from one year to three years. New York law previously set a three-year statute of limitations period for claims involving sexual harassment in employment, and a one-year limitations period for other claims brought under the NYSHRL. The new law will go into effect on February 15, 2024, 90 days after signing, and will apply prospectively “to all unlawful discriminatory practice claims arising on or after such effective date.”
Governor Hochul also signed Senate Bill S4516 into law, which amends Section 5-336 of the New York General Obligations Law. The amendment applies to settlement agreements entered into by employers that concern claims of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation. The law went into effect immediately upon signing.
Senate Bill S4516:
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