On June 20, the House Science Committee passed Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s (D-TX) bill, H.R. 36, the Combating Sexual Harassment in Science Act of 2019, out of committee. This comes after a June 12 hearing which evaluated higher ed’s response to sexual harassment in STEM jobs on and off campuses, offered feedback on the bill, and gave an early look at an upcoming Government Accountability Office study commissioned by the committee on this topic.
Each month, CUPA-HR General Counsel Ira Shepard provides an overview of some labor and employment law cases and regulatory actions with implications for the higher ed workplace. Here’s the latest from Ira.
CUPA-HR has long been supportive of a full repeal of the tax and has joined efforts over the years to repeal and delay the provision from taking effect. In the latest effort, CUPA-HR joined a June 4 letter signed by 665 organizations including businesses, nonprofits, chambers of commerce, insurers, brokers, unions and patient advocacy groups urging the Senate to repeal the Cadillac tax and to co-sponsor S. 684, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.
On May 17, the House passed the Equality Act, which would make employment discrimination and other forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity unlawful. While the House vote is largely symbolic (as the bill is not expected to come up for a vote in the Senate), the bill’s approval in the House comes at a time when the Supreme Court is considering three cases that look at whether the Civil Rights Act’s Title VII prohibition against sex-based employment discrimination extends to sexual orientation and gender identity.