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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: April 10, 2018 01:12 PM
From: Representative Sheryl M. Delozier and Rep. Donna Oberlander, Rep. Marcy Toepel
To: All House members
Subject: Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Legislative Package
 
We will be introducing a two-piece legislative package to investigate the laws, practices, and procedures surrounding harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. It is imperative that we protect every citizen in the Commonwealth from all types of harassment in their prospective places of employment. Recent events require a thorough review of these laws and the procedures to determine the realities for PA’s workforce and the best path forward on these critical issues.
  • The first resolution will establish a Task Force on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace. Currently, there are several federal, state, and local laws in place that prohibit harassment and sexual misconduct at work.The taskforce will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive review to unearth any inadequacies in current laws, regulations and policies surrounding this subject and producing a report to the General Assembly with its findings and recommendations. It is important to examine an issue of this severity with extreme care, before we legislate – and this Task Force can provide us with the basis for a carefully considered legislative response.

    The resolution is largely based on the resolution that created the Child Protection Task Force established in 2011 following the PA child abuse scandals. Their report led to a package of 23 laws to remedy the insufficiencies identified in the former Child Protection Laws.
  • As state legislators we also have to look at the situation of Commonwealth employees.Therefore, the second resolution will direct the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to study the frequency of harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace in state government. The JSGC will conduct a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the prevalence and results of harassment and sexual misconduct complaints. In addition quantifying the prevalence of this very serious issue in PA, the JSGC will provide a comparison of workplace policies on harassment and sexual misconduct throughout state government to identify strengths to further implement - and weaknesses that can be eliminated. The findings of this study will be made public in order to increase transparency and expose the realities of this extremely important issue.
I hope you will consider co-sponsoring these important resolutions. Thank you.



Document #1

Introduced as HR828

Description: This resolution will establish a Task Force on Harassment and Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace. Currently, there are several federal, state, and local laws in place that prohibit harassment and sexual misconduct at work.The taskforce will be responsible for conducting a comprehensive review to unearth any inadequacies in current laws, regulations and policies surrounding this subject and producing a report to the General Assembly with its findings and recommendations. It is important to examine an issue of this severity with extreme care, before we legislate – and this Task Force can provide us with the basis for a carefully considered legislative response.
 
The resolution is largely based on the resolution that created the Child Protection Task Force established in 2011 following the PA child abuse scandals. Their report led to a package of 23 laws to remedy the insufficiencies identified in the former Child Protection Laws.
 

Document #2

Introduced as HR829

Description: As state legislators we also have to look at the situation of Commonwealth employees.Therefore, this resolution will direct the Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) to study the frequency of harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace in state government. The JSGC will conduct a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the prevalence and results of harassment and sexual misconduct complaints. In addition quantifying the prevalence of this very serious issue in PA, the JSGC will provide a comparison of workplace policies on harassment and sexual misconduct throughout state government to identify strengths to further implement - and weaknesses that can be eliminated. The findings of this study will be made public in order to increase transparency and expose the realities of this extremely important issue.