Senate Bill 2952
115th Congress(2017-2018)
Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act
Active
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Passed Senate on May 24, 2018
Overview
Text
Introduced
May 24, 2018
Latest Action
May 29, 2018
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
2952
Congress
115
Policy Area
Congress
Congress
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Oregon
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Rhode Island
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West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Passed
May 24, 2018
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
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Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Voice Vote.(consideration: CR S2899-2907; text: CR S2899-2906)
Summary

Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act

This bill amends the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (CAA) to revise administrative and judicial dispute resolution procedures for initiating and resolving claims by employees alleging that employing offices have violated their CAA rights and protections, including protections against sexual harassment.

The bill revises CAA provisions, including to:

  • eliminate CAA counseling requirements and make mediation an employee's option before filing a claim with the Office of Compliance (OOC) alleging the violation;
  • require current and former Members of Congress to reimburse the Treasury for compensatory damages included in an award or settlement resulting from the Member's alleged act of discrimination or retaliation;
  • require referral to congressional ethics committees of final disposition of claims alleging CAA violations by Members of Congress and senior staff of employing offices;
  • require non-congressional legislative offices that violate CAA requirements to reimburse the Treasury for resulting award or settlement payments;
  • extend CAA nondiscrimination requirements and remedies to uncompensated legislative branch interns, detailees, and fellows; and
  • provide OOC and CAA resources and services to employees outside of the Washington, DC area.

The bill applies CAA rights and protections to the China Review Commission, the Congressional-Executive China Commission, the Helsinki Commission, the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development, and their employees.

Non-congressional CAA employing offices must develop programs to train and educate employees about their CAA rights and protections and available procedures to consider alleged CAA violations.

The bill renames the OOC the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights.

Text (2)
Actions (6)
05/29/2018
Held at the desk.
05/29/2018
Received in the House.
05/25/2018
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
05/24/2018
Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Voice Vote. (consideration: CR S2899-2907; text: CR S2899-2906)
05/24/2018
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Introduced in the Senate, read twice, considered, read the third time, and passed without amendment by Voice Vote.(consideration: CR S2899-2907; text: CR S2899-2906)
05/24/2018
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Record Created
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