The New York City Council passed 11 bills on Wednesday designed to strengthen workplace harassment protections.
Speaker Corey Johnson says the legislation is designed to provide all New Yorkers “a safe and respectful workplace.” The bills are subject to approval by Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Employers with 15 or more workers would have to conduct annual anti-harassment training for all employees. Another bill extends protections to any employee, regardless of a company’s size. The statute of limitations for filing harassment claims would be extended from one year to three years.
Johnson left Thursday for a nine-day trip to Israel, along with eight of his colleagues and two staffers. The trip is being funded by the Jewish Community Relations Council on New York. The trip is Johnson’s fourth to Israel and will overlap with the country’s 70th birthday next week.