New York has enacted legislation (Senate Bill 660) that prohibits discrimination based on reproductive health decisions. Senate Bill 660 is effective immediately.
Under Senate Bill 660, employers are prohibited from discriminating or retaliating against employees, and their dependents, based on their reproductive health decisions. Additionally, employers are prohibited from:
· Accessing an employee’s or their dependent’s personal information regarding reproductive health decisions without the employee’s prior written consent, including the decision to use or access a particular drug, device, or medical service; and
· Requiring an employee to sign a waiver that purports to deny them the right to make their own reproductive health decisions.
An employer that provides an employee handbook to its employees must include a notice of employee rights and remedies under the law.
Employers should update their policies and procedures and train supervisors to comply with Senate Bill 660. Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.