senate Bill S2261

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Establishes a civil cause of action for employees who are subjected to an abusive work environment

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Labor Committee


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Jan 23, 2019 referred to labor

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S2261 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Labor
Law Section:
Labor Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 20-D §§760 - 769, Lab L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: S1823
2011-2012: S3617, S4289
2013-2014: S3863
2015-2016: S6438
2017-2018: S4053

S2261 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Establishes a civil cause of action for employees who are subjected to an abusive work environment.

S2261 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S2261 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  2261

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 23, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens. SANDERS, ADDABBO, BRESLIN, CARLUCCI, COMRIE, HOYL-
  MAN, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAVINO, SEPULVEDA,  SERRANO,  STAVISKY  --  read
  twice  and  ordered  printed,  and when printed to be committed to the
  Committee on Labor

AN ACT to amend the labor law, in relation to establishing healthy work-
  places

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section  1.  The  labor law is amended by adding a new article 20-D to
read as follows:
                               ARTICLE 20-D
                           HEALTHY WORKPLACES
SECTION 760. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT.
        761. DEFINITIONS.
        762. ABUSIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT.
        763. EMPLOYER LIABILITY.
        764. EMPLOYEE LIABILITY.
        765. AFFIRMATIVE DEFENSES.
        766. REMEDIES.
        767. ENFORCEMENT.
        768. EFFECT ON COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS.
        769. EFFECT OF OTHER LAWS.
  § 760. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS AND INTENT. THE LEGISLATURE  HEREBY  FINDS
THAT  THE  SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC WELL-BEING OF THE STATE IS DEPENDENT UPON
HEALTHY AND PRODUCTIVE EMPLOYEES. AT LEAST ONE-THIRD  OF  ALL  EMPLOYEES
DIRECTLY  EXPERIENCE  HEALTH  ENDANGERING  WORKPLACE BULLYING, ABUSE AND
HARASSMENT DURING THEIR WORKING LIVES.   SUCH FORM  OF  MISTREATMENT  IS
FOUR  TIMES  MORE  PREVALENT  THAN  SEXUAL HARASSMENT ALONE.   WORKPLACE
BULLYING, MOBBING AND HARASSMENT CAN INFLICT SERIOUS HARM UPON  TARGETED
EMPLOYEES,  INCLUDING FEELINGS OF SHAME AND HUMILIATION, SEVERE ANXIETY,
DEPRESSION, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, IMPAIRED IMMUNE SYSTEMS,  HYPERTENSION,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.

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