STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1221-20
RE: S.B. No. 2313
Honorable Scott K. Saiki
Speaker, House of Representatives
Thirtieth State Legislature
Regular Session of 2020
State of Hawaii
Your Committee on Judiciary, to which was referred S.B. No. 2313, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, entitled:
"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES,"
begs leave to report as follows:
(1) Requiring employees to enter into, as a condition of employment, a nondisclosure agreement preventing the employee from disclosing or discussing sexual harassment or sexual assault in the workplace, at work-related events, between employees, or between an employer and an employee; and
(2) Retaliating against employees for disclosing or discussing sexual harassment or sexual assault.
Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission; Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii; American Association of University Women of Hawaii; Hawaii Women's Coalition; Hawaii Women Lawyers; United Public Workers, AFSCME, Local 646, AFL-CIO; and seven individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from one individual. Your Committee received comments on this measure from The Queen's Health Systems.
Your Committee finds that maintaining and fostering a safe work environment that is respectful and free from workplace harassment, intimidation, and assault are important to ensuring the safety and dignity of all employees. Prohibiting employers from using nondisclosure agreements to suppress disclosure of sexual harassment or sexual assault occurring in the work environment and retaliating against employees for disclosure provides enhanced protections and supports a safe and positive work environment for all individuals.
As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Judiciary that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 2313, S.D. 2, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 2313, S.D. 2, H.D. 2.
Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Judiciary,
CHRIS LEE, Chair