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Sexual harassment and assault policyAdoption of by hotel, motel, retail, or security guard entity, or property services contractorsRequirements.

(1) Every hotel, motel, retail, or security guard entity, or property services contractor, who employs an employee, must:
(a) Adopt a sexual harassment policy;
(b) Provide mandatory training to the employer's managers, supervisors, and employees to:
(i) Prevent sexual assault and sexual harassment in the workplace;
(ii) Prevent sexual discrimination in the workplace; and
(iii) Educate the employer's workforce regarding protection for employees who report violations of a state or federal law, rule, or regulation;
(c) Provide a list of resources for the employer's employees to utilize. At a minimum, the resources must include contact information of the equal employment opportunity commission, the Washington state human rights commission, and local advocacy groups focused on preventing sexual harassment and sexual assault; and
(d) Provide a panic button to each employee. The department must publish advice and guidance for employers with fifty or fewer employees relating to this subsection (1)(d). This subsection (1)(d) does not apply to contracted security guard companies licensed under chapter 18.170 RCW.
(2)(a) A property services contractor shall submit the following to the department on a form or in a manner determined by the department:
(i) The date of adoption of the sexual harassment policy required in subsection (1)(a) of this section;
(ii) The number of managers, supervisors, and employees trained as required by subsection (1)(b) of this section; and
(iii) The physical address of the work location or locations at which janitorial services are provided by workers of the property services contractor, and for each location: (A) The total number of workers or contractors of the property services contractor who perform janitorial services; and (B) the total hours worked.
(b) The department must make aggregate data submitted as required in this subsection (2) available upon request.
(c) The department may adopt rules to implement this subsection (2).
(3) For the purposes of this section:
(a) "Department" means the department of labor and industries.
(b) "Employee" means an individual who spends a majority of her or his working hours alone, or whose primary work responsibility involves working without another coworker present, and who is employed by an employer as a janitor, security guard, hotel or motel housekeeper, or room service attendant.
(c) "Employer" means any person, association, partnership, property services contractor, or public or private corporation, whether for-profit or not, who employs one or more persons.
(d) "Panic button" means an emergency contact device carried by an employee by which the employee may summon immediate on-scene assistance from another worker, a security guard, or a representative of the employer.
(e) "Property services contractor" means any person or entity that employs workers: (i) To perform labor for another person to provide commercial janitorial services; or (ii) on behalf of an employer to provide commercial janitorial services. "Property services contractor" does not mean the employment security department or individuals who perform labor under an agreement for exchanging their own labor or services with each other, provided the work is performed on land owned or leased by the individuals.
(f) "Security guard" means an individual who is principally employed as, or typically referred to as, a security officer or guard, regardless of whether the individual is employed by a private security company or a single employer or whether the individual is required to be licensed under chapter 18.170 RCW.
(4)(a) Hotels and motels with sixty or more rooms must meet the requirements of this section by January 1, 2020.
(b) All other employers identified in subsection (1) of this section must meet the requirements of this section by January 1, 2021.
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