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Bill Detail: HB20-1415

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Title Whistleblower Protection Public Health Emergencies
Status Sent to the Governor (06/26/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors L. Herod (D)
T. Sullivan (D)
Senate Sponsors B. Pettersen (D)
R. Rodriguez (D)
House Committee Finance
Senate Committee Finance
Date Introduced 06/04/2020

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

  • 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.

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