Levin Amendment to Help Protect Health Care and Social Service Workers from Workplace Violence Passes House

November 21, 2019
Press Release

An amendment authored by Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, that would ensure that health care and social service workers know their right to report workplace violence free from retaliation passed the House today. The amendment was added to H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.

“Health care and social service workers are some of this country’s most precious workers, taking care of us and our loved ones – sometimes under some of the most trying conditions imaginable,” Rep. Levin said. “It is essential that those workers are protected from workplace violence, and that starts with ensuring that they know their rights. My amendment would make sure that health care and social service workers are made aware of their right to report workplace violence without risk of retaliation. Empowering these workers is a necessary step to preventing, and hopefully eliminating, workplace violence.”

Rep. Levin’s amendment will require that mandatory violence prevention plan trainings include information about workers’ ability to report incidents without retaliation.

H.R. 1309, which passed the House 251 to 158, will:

  • Provide health and social service workers the protection they deserve by compelling OSHA to issue an interim final standard within one year and a final standard within 42 months, requiring employers within the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement comprehensive violence prevention programs to prevent or mitigate violent incidents in the workplace using proven prevention techniques tailored to the risks in a given workplace.
  • Require employers, in developing their workplace violence prevention programs, to identify risks, specify solutions, and require training, reporting, and incident investigations.
  • Provide protections to workers from retaliation for reporting violent incidents in the workplace.
  • Protect health care and social service workers in the public sector in the 24 states not covered by OSHA.