Employment-Related Legislation Adds Reproductive Health Decisions as a Protected Category
The 30th Legislature of the State of Hawaii adjourned on May 2, 2019. Employment-related bills that passed include:
HB710: Adds reproductive health decisions to the list of categories that are protected against discriminatory employment practices.
HB390: Makes permanent Act 172, Session Laws of Hawaii 2017, which: (1) grants employees the right to have a chaperone present during a medical examination relating to a workers’ compensation work injury and, with the approval of the examining physician or surgeon, to record the examination; and (2) provides that if an employee or employee’s chaperone obstructs the medical examination, the employee’s right to worker’s compensation shall be suspended until the refusal or obstruction ceases. Effective 6/29/2019.
Both bills await being signed into law by Governor Ige.
HB 710 was signed into law as Act 178 on July 2, 2019.
HB 390 was signed into law as Act 201 on July 2, 2019.