Engrossed House Bill 1756 (EHB 1756) passed the Washington State Legislature and was signed into law in 2019. The bill tasked the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) with convening an adult entertainer advisory committee.

EHB 1756 establishes requirements addressing panic buttons and “blacklists,” both of which took effect beginning July 28, 2019. Adult entertainment establishments are required to provide panic buttons in certain locations of the establishment, and may be used by an entertainer if they have been harmed, believe there is a risk of harm, or there is another emergency in their presence.

Adult entertainment establishments must also document accusations of customer violence against adult entertainers through the use of a “blacklist,” which records the customer’s identifying information for a period of at least five years. If an accusation of a violence by a customer is supported by a statement made under penalty of perjury or other evidence, the establishment must ban such customer for a period of not less than three years. Establishments with common ownership must share this information and also decline admission to the customer.

Beginning July 1, 2020, adult entertainers will be required to take a “know your rights” training and provide proof of training completion in order to receive or renew an adult entertainer license issued by a local government.

Additional Safety and Security Considerations

The advisory committee must consider whether additional measures would increase safety and security of adult entertainers. If the committee identifies measures to increase the safety and security of adult entertainers, and those additional measures would require legislative action, the committee must report these recommendations to the Legislature. The advisory committee is targeting late summer/early fall 2020 for making any such recommendations.

Rulemaking Advisory Committee

The adult entertainer advisory committee is facilitated by L&I, and comprised of currently/formerly licensed adult entertainers, industry representatives, and advocates. The advisory committee is tasked with assisting in the development of the “know your rights” training. The committee is also required to report to the Legislature any additional measures that would increase the safety and security of adult entertainers, and would require legislative action.

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Training

L&I must develop or contract for the development of training for adult entertainers. The training is required for adult entertainer licensing and must include, but is not limited to:

  • education about the rights and responsibilities of entertainers, including with respect to working as an employee or independent contractor;
  • reporting of workplace injuries, including sexual and physical abuse and sexual harassment;
  • financial aspects of the entertainer profession;
  • the risk of human trafficking; and
  • resources for assistance.

Adult Entertainer Safety:  Know Your Rights

Staff Contact

Legislative & Advisory Committee
Allison Drake
Senior Policy Advisor
360-902-5304
allison.drake@lni.wa.gov

DOSH Rulemaking
Kevin Walder
Administrative Regulations Analyst
360-902-6681
kevin.walder@lni.wa.gov