STAND. COM. REP. NO. 2112

 

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 Finance, to which was referred S.B. No. 1048, S.D. 1, H.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;

 

(2) Prohibit mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims, and make agreements for mandatory arbitration of sexual harassment claims unenforceable; and

 

(3) Make confidentiality clauses in arbitration agreements unenforceable as to sexual harassment claims 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, Hawaii Women's Coalition, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Midwives Alliance of Hawaii, Oahu County Democrats, and an individual testified in support of this measure. The Hawaii Civil Rights Commission and Hawaii Women Lawyers provided comments.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1048, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair