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Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies

Concerning a worker's rights in the workplace for conduct related to a principal's actions during a public health emergency, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2020 Regular Session
Labor & Employment
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a principal, which includes an employer, certain labor contractors, public employers, and entities that rely on independent contractors for a specified percentage of their workforce, from discriminating, retaliating, or taking adverse action against any worker who:

  • Raises any concern about workplace health and safety practices or hazards related to a public health emergency to the principal, the principal's agent, other workers, a government agency, or the public if the workplace health and safety practices fail to meet guidelines established by a federal, state, or local public health agency with jurisdiction over the workplace; or
  • Voluntarily wears at the worker's workplace the worker's own personal protective equipment, such as a mask, faceguard, or gloves.

A person may seek relief for a violation of the bill by:

  • Filing a complaint with the division of labor standards and statistics in the department of labor and employment;
  • Bringing an action in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies; or
  • Bringing a whistleblower action in the name of the state in district court, after exhausting administrative remedies.

Appropriates $270,153 to the department of labor and employment to implement the act.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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