In Washington: New guidance on panic buttons for hospitality workers

In Washington, The State Department of Labour and Industries has published a guidance on a new state law design to protect workers on the hospitality industry form sexual harassment and assault.

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries has published guidance on a new state law designed to protect workers in the hospitality industry from sexual harassment and assault.

The law requires hotel, motel and retail employers to provide a panic button to employees who may work alone, including housekeepers, room service attendants, janitors and certain security guards.

Employers also are required to adopt an anti-sexual harassment policy and provide mandatory employee training to help prevent sexual assault, harassment and discrimination in the workplace.

The law went into effect Jan. 1 for hotels and motels with more than 60 rooms, while all other covered employers must comply by Jan. 1, 2021.

 

Follow this link to see details of the new law – (RCW 49.60.515 https://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=49.60.515)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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