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Davis Recognizes Enactment of Critical Workplace Protections for Legislative Branch

WASHINGTON – Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis (IL-13) released the following statement on the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA) being implemented in its entirety today, June 19, 2019.

“Last Congress, this Committee took great strides to ensure a safer and more professional work environment for all who serve within the Legislative Branch. The CAA Reform Act reflects the first set of comprehensive reforms that have been made to the Congressional Accountability Act since 1995, including key reforms like creating and implementing mandatory training in workplace rights for all employees, extending protections to unpaid staff, holding Members personally liable, and creating a more streamlined process to resolve alleged violations of the Act. I am proud to see these important reforms go into effect today and remain committed to bringing more transparency and accountability to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Background: 
On December 21, 2018, the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 Reform Act (CAA) was signed into law, becoming Public Law 115-397. Most of the final provisions of CAA take effect on June 19, 2019, 180 days following enactment. Other reforms being implemented include creating availability for a new confidential advisor to consult with employees about their rights and renaming the agency who oversees these reforms from Office of Compliance (OOC) to the Office of Congressional Workplace Rights (OCWR).

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