January 11, 2019
Senate Democrats called on the federal court system to provide its own employees “an avenue for the confidential reporting of claims of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct and establish a clear, uniform process to ensure” that such claims are investigated by independent investigators.
The letter from Senate Judiciary Democrats raised concerns about:
House Democrats are likely to hold hearings on the issue, which could expand to private sector employers, with House leadership signaling that addressing sexual harassment in the workplace is a priority.
Outlook: Employers can expect a number of bipartisan bills, such as the EMPOWER Act, to be introduced in both the House and Senate, and for states to enact legislation in 2019 similar to California’s new law that expanded harassment liability, imposed new restrictions on non-disclosure agreements, and expanded training requirements.