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Legislative Update: February 5th Hearing Set on Bills Relating to FMLA Leave, Termination Notices, Paid Sick Leave and Workplace Bullying

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The Connecticut Labor & Public Employees Committee is now scheduled to hold a hearing on various labor bills of relevance and importance to employers in Connecticut. Some are re-hashes of bills raised last year, but others, including amendments to the state’s FMLA laws are new.  The hearing is scheduled for February 5, at 2 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building, Room 2-E.

Here are some of the bills scheduled to be discussed (the full list is available here):

 

  • Hugh Murray

    Seems to me like SB 715 would not so much alter the “at will” arrangement as lock in an employer to what its “legitimate non-dsicriminatory reason” under McDonnell-Douglas. It would probably be legal to state “no reason” for termination, but then it would be hard/impossible to defend a claim if the person got past the prima facie stage. I’ve never known someone to actaully fire anyone for “no reason.” A few years ago there was a move by some plaintiff’s employment lawyers to change the local federal rules to provide that in an employment case the defendant needed to state its legitimate non-discriminatory reason as part of the initial discolures. That didn’t get far.

  • Daniel Schwartz

    Excellent point, Hugh. And I agree with you that people never give a “no reason” reason, but this strikes me as a bit unnecessary and I wonder if there are some that will use it beyond its original purpose if it were ever passed.
    As a practical matter, many employers provide at least some semblence of a reason on the “pink slips” that employees can use to file unemployment compensation.

  • Adam692

    The bill on Workplace Bullying HB 6188 has had its hearing moved to Feb. 11. It is only a bill to study and report, not to penalize. There is a petition for a workplace bullying bill: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/support-a-healthy-workplace-bill-in-connecticut