Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: March 3 and 6 Public Hearings

LR-municipalities_m_3439204As promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly.

A. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills.

1. S.B. No. 953 AN ACT CONCERNING LABOR PEACE. (LAB)

2. S.B. No. 984 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE UNIONIZATION OF AGRICULTURAL WORKERS, NONPARTISAN LEGISLATIVE MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES AND STATE EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER EMPLOYEES. (LAB)

3. S.B. No. 985 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING BARBERSHOPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS. (LAB)

4. S.B. No. 986 (RAISED) AN ACT REQUIRING EMPLOYERS TO ENTER INTO PROPRIETARY INTEREST PROTECTION AGREEMENTS PRIOR TO RECEIVING FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE STATE. (LAB)

5. S.B. No. 988 (RAISED) AN ACT UPDATING THE OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH CLINICS STATUTES. (LAB)

6. S.B. No. 989 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REEMPLOYMENT AND THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES’ RETIREMENT SYSTEM. (LAB)

7. S.B. No. 1034 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE WAGES. (LAB)

8. S.B. No. 1036 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION. (LAB)

9. S.B. No. 1038 (RAISED) AN ACT ALLOWING FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLDS TO BE EMPLOYED AS REFEREES, UMPIRES AND OFFICIALS OF YOUTH ATHLETIC PROGRAMS. (LAB)

10. S.B. No. 1039 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING GENERAL CONTRACTOR LIABILITY FOR WAGES AND WORKERS’ COMPENSATION. (LAB)

11. H.B. No. 6850 AN ACT CONCERNING PAY EQUITY AND FAIRNESS. (LAB)

12. H.B. No. 6871 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING MINOR AND CLARIFYING CHANGES TO THE SUBSIDIZED TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM AND OTHER STATUTES AFFECTING THE LABOR DEPARTMENT. (LAB)

13. H.B. No. 6872 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REIMBURSEMENT OF WAGES AND DEPOSITION APPEARANCES. (LAB)

14. H.B. No. 6873 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING INJURED VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS AND SICK LEAVE BENEFITS. (LAB)

15. H.B. No. 6879 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING HAZARDOUS DUTY AND CERTAIN DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS STAFF. (LAB)

16. H.B. No. 6880 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING LARGE CORPORATIONS RECEIVING STATE ASSISTANCE AND EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION. (LAB)

17. H.B. No. 6930 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. (LAB)

18. H.B. No. 6931 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING NEW MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES AND THE MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM. (LAB)

19. H.B. No. 6934 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING WAGES PAID TO INDIVIDUALS PROVIDING FOOD, BUILDING, PROPERTY OR EQUIPMENT SERVICES TO MUNICIPALITIES. (LAB)

20. H.B. No. 6935 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING THE LABOR DEPARTMENT. (LAB)

21. H.B. No. 6936 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE WORKING CONDITIONS. (LAB)

The hearing on these proposed bills will take place at 12:00 P.M. in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building.     

B. On Thursday, March 5, 2015, the Labor and Public Employees Committee will then conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills:

1. S.B. No. 106 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING RETALIATION AGAINST IMMIGRANT WORKERS. (LAB)

2. S.B. No. 426 (COMM) AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE ONLINE PRIVACY. (LAB)

3. S.B. No. 858 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEES WHO CUSTOMARILY AND REGULARLY RECEIVE GRATUITIES AND THE MINIMUM FAIR WAGE. (LAB)

4. S.B. No. 914 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING AN EMPLOYER’S FAILURE TO PAY WAGES. (LAB)

5. S.B. No. 987 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING OVERTIME PAY AND CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS. (LAB)

6. S.B. No. 990 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CONSUMER PROTECTION IN THE HOME CARE INDUSTRY. (LAB)

7. S.B. No. 1035 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE. (LAB)

8. S.B. No. 1037 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING EMPLOYEE LIENS AGAINST EMPLOYERS FOR UNPAID WAGES. (LAB)

9. H.B. No. 6784 (RAISED) AN ACT EXPANDING PAID SICK LEAVE. (LAB)

10. H.B. No. 6791 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ WAGES AT LARGE CORPORATIONS. (LAB)

11. H.B. No. 6874 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING GRADUATE ASSISTANT BENEFITS. (LAB)

12. H.B. No. 6875 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING CRIMINAL RECORDS AND EMPLOYMENT APPLICATIONS. (LAB)

13. H.B. No. 6876 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS. (LAB)

14. H.B. No. 6877 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING A MINIMUM WORK WEEK FOR PERSONS PERFORMING JANITORIAL WORK. (LAB)

15. H.B. No. 6878 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LIABILITY FOR INDIVIDUALS RECEIVING SERVICES FROM PERSONAL CARE ATTENDANTS. (LAB)

16. H.B. No. 6932 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PAID FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE. (LAB)

17. H.B. No. 6933 (RAISED) AN ACT CONCERNING PREDICTABLE SCHEDULING FOR EMPLOYEES. (LAB)

The hearing on these proposed bills will take place at 2:30 P.M. in Room 1E of the Legislative Office Building.     

PLEASE NOTE: The fact that a public hearing has been scheduled on these bills is not necessarily an indication that the Committee will pass these bills, but it is at least an indication that such bills are under serious consideration.  Should these bills advance toward a vote by the Committee, we will provide more detail as to their contents.

As we indicated previously, the deadline for the Labor and Public Employees Committee to approve and “forward” bills out of Committee is March 17, 2015. Bills affecting labor and employment issues may also emerge from other committees (such as the Judiciary Committee). Stay tuned.