Well, the Connecticut General Assembly ended earlier this week and, as predicted, it ended with a whimper and not a bang. Many employment law proposals failed to receive votes, including those on minimum wage and Paid FMLA, leaving many employers (and the CBIA) breathing a bit of a sigh of relief.
- The Governor is expected to sign a bill expanding the requirements for employers to provide reasonable accommodations to pregnant employees. Again, I’ve recapped the measure here but this is probably the most significant bill to come out of the session regarding employers.
- There will be no minimum wage hike and the introduction of Paid FMLA failed to get enough votes this term. There is little doubt that the split in the Senate along party lines slowed momentum down for what was going to be the Democrat party’s signature achievement this session.
- Also not getting votes this session was a bill that would have prohibited many employers from running credit checks on prospective employees and a bill that would required employers to give advance notice to employees about their work shifts.
- Another bill that would change whistleblower protections in Connecticut also failed to clear the House.
Some of the other technical changes, to workers compensation or unemployment compensation, offer up a mixed bag. I’ve covered them in a prior post.
A special session is still on the way and it’s possible that some measures will get plopped into an “implementer” bill for the budget like it did a few years ago. But my gut tells me that the budget is unlike to be used this way given the significant financial issues in play. Nonetheless, employers should continue to watch for any developments in this area until the special session is closed.