Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives
in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same,
Section 51B of chapter 119 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 1988 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following three paragraphs:-
Notwithstanding any privilege created by statute or common law relating to confidential communications or any statute prohibiting the disclosure of information, any person required to make a report pursuant to section fifty-one A who has information which he believes might aid the department in determining whether a child has been abused or neglected pursuant to an investigation under this section shall, if requested by the department, disclose such information relevant to the specific investigation to the department. Such statutory or common law privileges shall not preclude the admission of any such information in any civil proceeding concerning abuse or neglect of a child, placement or custody of a child.
No person required to provide such information pursuant to this section shall be liable in any civil or criminal action for providing such information.
No employer of a person required to provide information pursuant to this section shall discharge, or in any manner discriminate or retaliate against any such person who in good faith provides such information, testifies or is about to testify in any proceeding involving child abuse or neglect; provided, however, that such person did not perpetrate or inflict such abuse or neglect. Any such employer who discharges, discriminates or retaliates against such person shall be liable for treble damages, costs and attorney's fees.