(July 9) – The Legislative Workplace Interim Study Committee held its initial hearing today. The hearing focused on the structure of human resources departments at the state capitol. This was the first of five meetings the committee will hold over the interim to examine and review policies, make recommendations to address sexual harassment and reform the culture of the capitol.
“We have a shared responsibility to change our policy so there is no perception that politics could get in the way of a just outcome,” said Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. “We must work toward the common goal of promoting a work environment where employees are evaluated by their qualification, hard work, merit and skill.”
The committee discussed the current structure of and process for changes to legislative workplace laws, rules, policies and legislative workplaces in other states and an overview of the Investigations Law Group 2018 legislative workplace study and recommendations regarding the human resources department structure.
“Today was the first step of creating a workplace environment that encourages everyone to use their voice and take part in democracy,” Rep. Faith Winter, D-Westminster. “I look forward to making sure the capitol is a harassment free workplace.”
Individuals participating in the hearing included Jerry Barry, Office of Legislative Legal Services, Jonathan Griffin, National Council of State Legislatures, Ben FitzSimons, Legislative Human Resources Administrator, Tamara Dixon, Human Resources Director for Town of Parker, Valerie Simons, Associate Vice Chancellor and Title IX Coordinator for the University of Colorado Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.
The committee will meet again on Aug. 15 at 9am.