Mr. Barry provided an overview of the legislative workplace laws, rules, and policies. He referenced federal laws that address discrimination, harassment, and retaliation in the employment context. He reviewed analogous state laws that are contained in Article 34 of Title 24, Colorado Revised Statutes. He stated that the ILG report did not recommend making changes to these state laws. Mr. Barry discussed the state laws that may need to be changed based on the report, including adopting laws to create a human resources department for the legislative branch and revisions to the Colorado Open Records Act.
Mr. Barry reviewed Joint Rule 38 of the Senate and House of Representatives and the Workplace Harassment Policy of the General Assembly [Attachment C]. He discussed how Joint Rule 38 influences the Workplace Harassment Policy and the procedures for revising them. Mr. Barry discussed the possible role the Legislative Culture Committees, recommended in the ILG report, could have in reviewing future changes to the Workplace Harassment Policy. He reiterated the charge of the committee. He stated the final report of the committee could contain draft documents, including draft policies, bills, and resolutions.