STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1296

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2019

 

RE: S.B. No. 1048

S.D. 1

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirtieth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2019

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Labor & Public Employment, to which was referred S.B. No. 1048, S.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO SEXUAL HARASSMENT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Make confidentiality clauses in employment agreements or contracts unenforceable as to sexual harassment claims unless included in a specific legal settlement or as provided by federal law; and

 

(2) Prohibit mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims, make such agreements unenforceable, and make confidentiality clauses in arbitration agreements unenforceable unless included in a specific legal settlement or as otherwise provided by federal law.

 

The Hawaii State Commission on the Status of Women, American Association of University Women of Hawaii, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Hawaii Women's Coalition, Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, and a few individuals testified in support of this measure. The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and Hawaii Women Lawyers provided comments on this measure.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Changing its effective date to January 1, 2050, to facilitate further discussion; and

 

(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for clarity, consistency, and style.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Labor & Public Employment that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1048, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1048, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Judiciary.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Labor & Public Employment,

 

 

 

 

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AARON LING JOHANSON, Chair