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2016 UT Legislative Progress

Utah was the 14th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill

Utah was 3rd to pass a state law related to workplace abusive conduct (2015)


  • Sen. Alvin Jackson introduced SB 214, Workplace Abusive Conduct Amendments
  • This bill modifies the definitions of "retaliatory action" and "adverse action" to include engaging in abusive conduct; and prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee if the employee reports abusive conduct. It is an extension of protections for government employees under the state whistleblower law.
  • Read the Amendments
  • Please contact the State Coordinator via the form below to help work to pass a Utah law.

Sponsor

Primary Sponsor of Senate Bill 214

Name District Phone E-mail Website
Sen. Alvin B. Jackson    R-14 (Utah County) 801-216-4479 abjackson@le.utah.gov Here




Endorsements

The following organizations have endorsed the legislation.


Bill History

2015

On Feb. 2, 2015 Rep. Keven Stratton introduced HB 216 Gov. Gary Herbert signed the HB 216 into law! It took effect on July 1, 2015.

Features of the law: The law requires state agencies to train supervisors and employees about how to prevent abusive conduct. Biannual training must include the definition of abusive conduct, its ramifications, resources available and the employer's grievance process. In addition, professional development training will also cover ethical conduct and leadership practices based on principles of integrity. The bill was amended in committee. Read the law. (This law extends and clarifies training in abusive conduct first passed by California in 2014. Utah has the superior law.)

2014

Utah State Coordinator Denise Halverson, chief advocate for the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill and citizen lobbyist Travis Ackerman joined Feedback show host Abby Bonell on KNRS-FM (Salt Lake City) to discuss workplace bullying and the HWB on October 30, 2014.

Listen to the 15 min. show


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On June 18, 2014, the Economic Development and Workforce Services Interim Committee heard testimony from Rep. Kevin J. Stratton and Utah State Coordinator Denise Halverson, PhD

2012

HB 196 was introduced on Feb 3 by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom. It is called the Abusive Workplace Policies Act and mandates that certain public employers create policies to address workplace bullying that protect both employees and the employer.

  • Listen to the audio of The House Workforce Services and Community and Economic Development Standing Committee hearing for HB 196 from Wed Feb. 22, 2012. The Committee voted to table the bill.
  • Committee Hearing

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    2011

    HB 292 was sponsored by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom.

    2010

    HB 224 sponsor Rep. Sandstrom was notified that 2010 state budget crises preclude further consideration of the bill during the 2009-10 legislative session.

    2009

    The Bill was sponsored by Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, and titled: "Health Care Provider Abusive Work Environment Prohibition Act" or House Bill 224. It was the state's first-ever attempt at anti-bullying legislation for any Utah workplace.

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