Boccieri Agrees Legislators Should Undergo Sexual Harassment Training
Lawmaker cosponsors pending legislation to require training for state employees
December 21, 2017
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State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today announced that he is cosponsoring legislation that would require mandatory sexual harassment training for state employees. State Reps. Teresa Fedor (D-Toledo) and Tavia Galonski’s (D-Akron) pending legislation, the Safe at Work Act, comes as sexual harassment claims have rocked state legislatures, Congress and private companies in recent weeks.

“I believe that with the number of harassment claims we’re seeing brought to light, all staff and members of the General Assembly should undergo training on this issue to reinforce that we must all rise to a higher standard in government service,” said Boccieri.

The bill would mandate that all state employees undergo sexual harassment training within 60 days of starting employment or being sworn in. Current employees would be required to submit to training within 60 days of the bill’s effective date. Specifics of what the trainings would look like would be left up to the individual employers so that the instruction could be tailored to the culture of each individual workplace.

There would be a period of one year between the passage of the bill and the first required trainings in order to give the state time to build and implement its training programs.

Republican leadership is planning on discussing the legislation’s language with the sponsors and has said that it would help move the bill through once it is introduced.

The Safe at Work Act is set to be introduced in early January.

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