Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement on the passage of H.R.1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which included two amendments he offered with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA):
“I was proud to vote in favor of H.R.1309. This important legislation requires certain employers in the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement comprehensive plans for protecting their employees from workplace violence. Our nation’s caregivers – including nurses, social workers, and many others working in the health care and social services sectors – suffer workplace violence injuries at rates nearly four times higher than any other profession. This legislation will take important steps to identify and mitigate risks to keep these workers safe.
“I was pleased to offer two amendments with my colleague Congressman Mark DeSaulnier to H.R.1309, which were adopted unanimously by the House of Representatives earlier today. These amendments require employers covered by this legislation to make their organization’s workplace violence prevention plans available to their employees through email and require the inclusion of information about trauma and related counseling for employees in reporting, incident response, and post-incident investigation procedures. These amendments will facilitate communication and between employers and their employees as they prepare for, respond to, and most importantly, prevent violence in their workplaces.”
Congressman Alcee L. Hastings serves as Vice-Chairman of the House Rules Committee, Chairman of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, and Co-Chairman of the Florida Delegation.