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What’s New at the General Assembly? Anti-Employer Bills, Says CBIA

Posted in Legislative Developments

There’s been little press over what is going on at the Connecticut General Assembly this spring. 

With no big employment law issue (other than minimum wage) dominating the headlines like Paid Sick Leave in the past, you might think that there isn’t much happening.

But as the Connecticut Business and Industry Association highlighted in a post late last week, there are a number of, what it termed, “anti-employer” bills that have already passed committee which, if approved, will make it ”much harder and more costly for Connecticut employers to operate successfully in the state.”

Here are three things still to keep an eye on:

  • A parental leave bill that mandates employers provide up to eight hours of leave to attend a child’s qualified school activities is still being considered.   
  • Senate Bill 159 states that employers can’t ask or require employees or job candidates to disclose to the company their social media passwords. As I’ve noted before, however, the bill leaves employers vulnerable in the event the employee uses his or her own personal social media account to violate policy or share inappropriate information. 
  • A minimum wage increase is still up for debate too. 

On a positive note, some needed changes to the existing Paid Sick Leave law have also passed committee. These changes would clean up some of the issues that have been plaguing employers.   One of the changes would make calculating the number of employees an employer has more consistent with how CTFMLA is determined too. 

There’s still a little more than two months left to the session so there’s plenty of time to see how things all plays out.