We are excited to report a win for Pay Equity. House Bill 1294 passed the House by a vote of 65-25. This bill prohibits retaliation by employers when employees discuss their compensation. This is important legislation helps eliminate the secrecy surrounding pay discrimination. People can’t take action against discrimination if discrimination is kept a secret. HB 1257 is still a work in progress with the committee considering amendments. We will keep following it.
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Please join us Saturday at 9am CT for our weekly video conference update at the link below.
We will give great focus to SB 2279, the anti-discrimination bill that would had sexual orientation and gender identity to the state Human Rights Act. Our guest will be Representative Joshua Boschee.
This week also had a hearings on a host of bills regarding human trafficking. These bills have broad and strong support across the spectrum. There is no doubt the bills will be receive favorable support throughout the process. Another package of bills will receive hearings next week as well.
Coming up on Wednesday, February 4th at 10:00am in Senate Judiciary is a hearing on the Compassionate Care for Victims of Rape, SB 2284. If you jumped on the videoconference last week, you heard a nice overview of that legislation. The bill would provide funding for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) across the state. SANE programs are Registered Nurses with advanced education regarding the medical-forensic examination and the psychological and emotional trauma victims experience from a sexual assault.
Below is a list of other bills of interest. NDWN will be testifying on HB 1463 relating to reasonable accommodations for pregnant women at work on Monday, February 2 at 2:30pm.