The House Administration Committee on Tuesday adopted guidelines to implement Congresswoman Barbara Comstock’s (R-Va.-10th) resolution requiring all members and staff to complete anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training each session of Congress.
The guidelines also included moving forward on a “Climate Survey” of the Capitol Hill workplace. The survey will be conducted within the House of Representatives within 180 days.
“I am pleased we are taking another important step in changing the culture on Capitol Hill by mandating and implementing training that is detailed, interactive, and in-person. We need to ensure that the House has an effective system that will continue to learn and improve training accordingly,” Comstock said in a prepared statement.
On Nov. 29, the House of Representatives passed by voice vote a bipartisan resolution for all members and staff, including interns, to complete the mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training.
The resolution was also sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), House Administration Chairman Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Ranking Member Robert Brady (D-Penn.).
The new training will last at least one hour. It will cover the prevention of harassment, discrimination, retaliation and instructing individuals how to recognize situations of harassment.
The training will be carried out in person by a “qualified entity designated by the committee,” according to Comstock’s office. For district office employees, an interactive webinar or video conference may constitute in-person training.
The committee will also conduct an annual review looking at the effectiveness of the training based on feedback.
By Chantalle Edmunds
Friday, Dec. 22, 2017