OLR Bill Analysis

SB 328

AN ACT CONCERNING TECHNICAL AND OTHER CHANGES TO THE LABOR DEPARTMENT STATUTES.

SUMMARY:

This bill merges the Twenty-First Century Skill Training program into the Incumbent Worker Training Program and requires that 50% of funds appropriated for the incumbent worker program must be used for companies that have not received incumbent worker funding in the previous three years.

By law, and unchanged by the bill, the program's purposes are to (1) sustain high-growth occupation and economically vital industries and (2) assist workers in obtaining skills to start or move up their career ladders. By law, “incumbent workers” mean individuals who are employed in this state, but who are in need of additional skills, training, or education to upgrade employment.

The bill requires the labor commissioner to (1) allocate funds for the program on a regional basis and (2) prescribe the program's application form. By law, the incumbent worker program is administered by the state's regional workforce development boards.

It eliminates the requirement that the labor commissioner consult with the education and economic and community development commissioners regarding the program.

The bill also eliminates the requirement that the Department of Labor issue regulations regarding procedures for employers to periodically report to the labor commissioner on their experience with employees taking unpaid leave under the state Family and Medical Leave Act. Under the act, employers must hold an employee's job while the employee takes unpaid leave for up to 16 weeks over a 24 month period to either address his or her own medical issue, or those of the employee's spouse, child, or parent, or upon the birth or adoption of a son or daughter.

It makes numerous conforming and technical changes.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

COMMITTEE ACTION

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

11

Nay

0

(03/15/2012)