OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR — News Release — Governor David Ige signs 11 bills into law, including workers’ compensation, equal pay, Title IX

Posted on Jul 5, 2018 in Latest News, Press Releases

HONOLULU – Gov. David Ige signed the following bills into law on Thursday, July 5, 2018:

SB 2790 (Act 105) Rights for Children in Foster Care – Replaces the guiding principles for children in foster care under the Child Protective Act, with the rights of children in foster care, and provides certain additional rights. Takes effect upon approval.

HB 1716 (Act 106) Youth Commission – Establishes a youth commission within the Office of Youth Services to advise the governor and Legislature on the effects of legislative policies, needs, assessments, priorities, programs, and budgets relating to youth. Takes effect on July 1, 2018.

HB 1778 (Act 107) Workers’ Compensation Medical Benefits – Improves firefighters’ and employees’ access to comprehensive medical benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Law when a cancer diagnosis is presumed to have developed during the course of employment. Takes effect upon approval.

Women’s Legislative Caucus Bills Signed:

SB 2351 (Act 108) Equal Pay – Prohibits prospective employers from requesting or considering a job applicant’s wage or salary history as part of an employment application process or compensation offer. Takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019.

SB 2990 (Act 109) Paid Family Leave – Requires the legislative reference bureau to conduct an analysis of the impacts of and best framework for the establishment of paid family leave. Requires a report and proposed legislation to be submitted to the legislature by Sept. 1, 2019. Takes effect on July 1, 2018.

HB 1489 (Act 110) Title IX – Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation, in any state education program or activity, or in any such program or activity that receives state financial assistance.
Takes effect on Jan. 1, 2020 (provided that part III takes effect on July 1, 2018)

SB 2340 (Act 111) Preserving the Affordable Care Act under Hawai‘i Laws – Ensures certain benefits under the federal Affordable Care Act are preserved under Hawai‘i law, including: extending dependent coverage for adult children up to 26 years old; prohibiting health insurance entities from excluding pre-existing conditions; and prohibiting health insurance entities from using an individual’s gender to determine premiums or contributions. Takes effect upon approval.

HB 2133 (Act 112) Police Departments/Domestic Violence – Specifies that citizen administrative complaints about a police officer that involve allegations of domestic abuse against a family or household member, will not require a notarized or sworn statement. Takes effect upon approval.

HB 2131 (Act 113) Sexual Assault Response and Training – Creates a Hawai‘i Sexual Assault Response and Training Program to address the manner in which sexual assault evidence collection kits are processed and tracked. Also ensures that sexual assault victims are informed of their legal rights. Takes effect Jan. 1, 2019.

HB 2134 (Act 114) Violation of Privacy – Amends the offense of first degree violation of privacy to prohibit threats or acts to disclose images or videos. Requires that any recording or image made or disclosed be destroyed or sealed and kept confidential. Takes effect on July 1, 2018.

SB 2346 (Act 115) Address Confidentiality – Establishes the Address Confidentiality Program in the Department of the Attorney General, to help survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking to relocate and keep their physical address confidential. Takes effect on July 1, 2018.
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