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Guidelines for Comstock Mandatory Anti-Harassment Training Adopted

Provided by Congressman Barbara Comstock’s Office

Today the House Administration adopted guidelines to implement the Congresswoman’s House Resolution requiring each Member, Officer, employee, (including interns, fellows, and detailees) of the House of Representatives to complete training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress.  The guidelines also included moving forward on a “Climate Survey” of the Capitol Hill workplace.

“I am pleased we are taking another important step in changing the culture on Capitol Hill by mandating and implementing training that is detailed, interactive, and in-person.  We need to ensure that the House has an effective system that will continue to learn and improve training accordingly.  The Committee’s extensive review is still an ongoing process and I look forward to additional reforms that will foster a safe work environment and provide transparency about past wrongdoing.”

Background:

  • The Committee on House Administration’s regulations state that the training must:

o   Last at least one hour in length;

o   Cover the prevention of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and instructing individuals how to recognize situations of harassment;

o   Occur in person with a qualified entity designated by the Committee. For District Office employees, an interactive webinar or videoconference may constitute in-person training.

  • In the first quarter of 2018, the Committee will designate the official provider of training to offices. The Committee will notify offices when the new training is available and how to schedule it to meet their individual requirements.
  • Individuals will submit a digital or physical certificate with the Committee on House Administration.
  • The Chairman of the Committee on House Administration will submit to the House for inclusion in the Congressional Record on December 31of each year a report on compliance with the training.
  • Each office must post a statement of the rights and protections provided to employees of the House of Representatives under the Congressional Accountability Act.
  • Assurances that a climate survey will be conducted within the House of Representatives within 180 days.
  • The Committee will annually review the effectiveness of the training program based upon the feedback of the training participants and consultation with leading experts.

 

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