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Harassment and Sexual Assault Legislation

An Act to

Mandate Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness for Aestheticians, Barbers, Cosmetologists, Electrologists, Hairdressers, Manicurists, and Massage Therapists

SD 1685

This recognizes the value of expanding education about domestic violence and sexual assault in a community setting.  It builds upon a program that District Attorney Marianne Ryan has successfully implemented. Specifically it would require licensed aestheticians, barbers, cosmetologists, electrologists, hairdressers, manicurists, and massage therapists to complete domestic violence and sexual assault awareness training upon receiving or renewing their license to practice.  Under the new bill licensed practitioners would be protected from any criminal or civil liability.

An Act

relative to the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program

SD 1165

This would establish a dedicated revenue stream for the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Trust Fund and would seek to expand the SANE program throughout underserved regions in the state, to make sure that all victims of sexual violence have access to specially trained nurses.

An Act to

Require

Sexual Harassment Training

SD 1694

This would require employers with 6 or more employees to provide annual sexual harassment training to all employees.  The training must be at least 2 hours and include information on sexual harassment laws, bystander intervention, supervisory and managerial responsibilities relative to complaints. Businesses with more than 50 employees would be required to conduct an anonymous climate survey every 5 years.  The survey will include an assessment of employee knowledge and awareness of: (i) sexual harassment policies and laws; (ii) employee and supervisor knowledge of prevention and reporting responsibilities; and (iii) whether an employee have experienced sexual harassment in the workforce. 

An Act to

Enhance Investigations of Sexual Harassment and Discrimination

SD 1927

This will provide the Attorney General with concurrent rights with the MCAD to investigate claims of sexual harassment or discrimination before filing suit. Currently, the AG has no authority to subpoena witnesses, obtain documents or compel testimony pre-suit.  The AG has all of these tools in investigating a case of consumer fraud, so all this bill does is give the AG these same powers when investigating claims of sexual harassment and discrimination.  Because of notice requirements in the bill, it also makes it easier for the AG to identify cases of recidivist harassers.