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.)