Florida Senate - 2019 SB 1580 By Senator Book 32-01428-19 20191580__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to workplace sexual harassment; 3 creating s. 760.65, F.S.; requiring the Florida 4 Commission on Human Relations to create and publish a 5 model sexual harassment prevention guidance document 6 and sexual harassment prevention policy; providing 7 requirements; requiring employers to adopt the model 8 policy or one that equals or exceeds it; requiring the 9 commission to produce a model sexual harassment 10 prevention training program; providing program 11 requirements; requiring employers to use the program 12 or one that equals or exceeds it; providing for 13 enforcement; authorizing rulemaking; providing an 14 effective date. 15 16 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 17 18 Section 1. Section 760.65, Florida Statutes, is created to 19 read: 20 760.65 Prevention of sexual harassment.— 21 (1) The Florida Commission on Human Relations shall create 22 and publish a model sexual harassment prevention guidance 23 document and sexual harassment prevention policy that employers 24 may use in their adoption of a sexual harassment prevention 25 policy required by this section. 26 (a) Such model sexual harassment prevention policy must: 27 1. Prohibit sexual harassment consistent with guidance 28 issued by the commission and provide examples of prohibited 29 conduct that would constitute unlawful sexual harassment. 30 2. Include information concerning the federal and state 31 statutory provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies 32 available to victims of sexual harassment and a statement that 33 there may be applicable local laws. 34 3. Include a standard complaint form. 35 4. Include a procedure for the timely and confidential 36 investigation of complaints and ensure due process for all 37 parties. 38 5. Inform employees of their rights of redress and all 39 available forums for adjudicating sexual harassment complaints 40 administratively and judicially. 41 6. Clearly state that sexual harassment is considered a 42 form of employee misconduct and that sanctions will be enforced 43 against individuals engaging in sexual harassment and against 44 supervisory and managerial personnel who knowingly allow such 45 behavior to continue. 46 7. Clearly state that retaliation against individuals who 47 complain of sexual harassment or who testify or assist in any 48 proceeding under the law is unlawful. 49 (b) The commission’s model sexual harassment prevention 50 policy shall be publicly available and posted on its website. 51 (c) Every employer in this state shall adopt the model 52 sexual harassment prevention policy adopted pursuant to this 53 section or establish a sexual harassment prevention policy to 54 prevent sexual harassment that equals or exceeds the minimum 55 standards provided by the model sexual harassment prevention 56 policy. Each employer shall provide its sexual harassment 57 prevention policy to all employees in writing and shall post a 58 copy of the policy in an appropriate and conspicuous location on 59 the employer’s premises. 60 (2) The commission shall produce a model sexual harassment 61 prevention training program to prevent sexual harassment in the 62 workplace. 63 (a) The model sexual harassment prevention training program 64 shall be interactive and include: 65 1. An explanation of sexual harassment consistent with 66 guidance issued by the commission. 67 2. Examples of conduct that would constitute unlawful 68 sexual harassment. 69 3. Information concerning the federal and state statutory 70 provisions concerning sexual harassment and remedies available 71 to victims of sexual harassment. 72 4. Information concerning employees’ rights of redress and 73 all available forums for adjudicating complaints. 74 5. The telephone number of a confidential sexual assault 75 hotline serving the area in which the employer is located. 76 (b) The commission shall include information in such model 77 sexual harassment prevention training program addressing conduct 78 by supervisors and any additional responsibilities for such 79 supervisors. 80 (c) Every employer shall use the model sexual harassment 81 prevention training program pursuant to this section or 82 establish a training program for employees to prevent sexual 83 harassment that equals or exceeds the minimum standards provided 84 by such model training. Each employer shall provide sexual 85 harassment prevention training to all employees on an annual 86 basis. 87 (3) The commission may enforce this section as provided in 88 part I of this chapter. 89 (4) The commission may adopt rules to implement this 90 section. 91 Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.