CHAPTER 113

MUNICIPAL EMPLOYEES

Table of Contents

Sec. 7-440. Contributions by members; interest; refunds to municipalities; payment to beneficiaries.

Sec. 7-460d. Additional compensation for certain retired public safety employees.

Sec. 7-464c. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Retirement plans offered by a political subdivision of the state. Administration. Disclosures required.

Sec. 7-473c. Neutral Arbitrator Selection Committee. Panel of neutral arbitrators. Mandatory binding arbitration; procedure; apportionment of costs. Rejection of award by legislative body of the municipal employer. Second arbitration format.


PART II

RETIREMENT

Sec. 7-440. Contributions by members; interest; refunds to municipalities; payment to beneficiaries. (a) Each member shall contribute to the fund five per cent of his pay as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are not to be deducted under section 7-453 and two and one-quarter per cent as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are to be so deducted, to be deducted from such pay by the municipality and forwarded not less frequently than once a month to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund.

(b) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019, each member shall contribute to the fund five and one-half per cent of such member's pay as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are not to be deducted under section 7-453 and two and three-quarters per cent as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are to be so deducted from such pay by the municipality and forwarded not less frequently than once a month to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund.

(c) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2020, each member shall contribute to the fund six per cent of such member's pay as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are not to be deducted under section 7-453 and three and one-quarter per cent as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are to be so deducted, to be deducted from such pay by the municipality and forwarded not less frequently than once a month to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund.

(d) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, each member shall contribute to the fund six and one-half per cent of such member's pay as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are not to be deducted under section 7-453 and three and three-­quarters per cent as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are to be so deducted from such pay by the municipality and forwarded not less frequently than once a month to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund.

(e) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022, each member shall contribute to the fund seven per cent of such member's pay as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are not to be deducted under section 7-453 and four and one-quarter per cent as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are to be so deducted from such pay by the municipality and forwarded not less frequently than once a month to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund.

(f) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2023, each member shall contribute to the fund seven and one-half per cent of such member's pay as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are not to be deducted under section 7-453 and four and three-quarters per cent as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are to be so deducted from such pay by the municipality and forwarded not less frequently than once a month to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund.

(g) For the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2024, and each year thereafter, each member shall contribute to the fund eight per cent of such member's pay as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are not to be deducted under section 7-453 and five and one-quarter per cent as to that portion of pay with respect to which contributions are to be so deducted from such pay by the municipality and forwarded not less frequently than once a month to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund.

(h) In the case of members serving with the armed forces of the United States in time of war, hostilities or national emergency or any acts incident thereto, as provided in section 7-434, the municipality shall forward to the Retirement Commission to be credited to the fund a like contribution on behalf of such member based upon his pay at the time of entering such service. Any member leaving the employment of the municipality before becoming eligible for retirement may withdraw on request to the Retirement Commission the total of all contributions made by him, including contributions made to another system and transferred to the Municipal Employees' Retirement Fund under the provisions of section 7-442b, less any retroactive contributions payable by such member under section 7-453 to the Old Age and Survivors Insurance System which have been paid from the fund under the provisions of section 7-451, provided, if no request is made within ten years, such contributions shall revert to the fund. The withdrawal of contributions shall include interest credited from July 1, 1983, or the first of the fiscal year following the date of actual contribution, whichever is later, to the first of the fiscal year coincident with or preceding the date the employee leaves municipal service. Such interest shall be credited at the rate of five per cent per year. In addition, for the partial year during which the employee leaves municipal service or withdraws his contributions, whichever is later, interest shall be credited at the rate of five-twelfths of one per cent multiplied by the full number of months completed during that year, such interest rate to be applied to the value of contributions including any prior interest credits as of the first day of that year. Any employee who withdraws his contributions from the fund and is subsequently reinstated shall not receive credit for service for such prior employment in the computation of his eventual retirement allowance unless the withdrawn contributions plus interest, if any, have been repaid with additional interest at a rate to be determined by the commission. Any municipality which has made contributions on behalf of any member serving in the armed forces who is not reemployed by the municipality within six months following the termination of such service, unless this period is further extended by reason of disability incurred in such service, shall be entitled to receive from the fund on application to the Retirement Commission the amount of such contributions. Any municipality which has made contributions in accordance with subsection (b) of section 7-436b on behalf of any member who leaves the employment of the municipality and withdraws from the municipal employees' retirement system before becoming eligible for retirement shall be entitled to receive from the fund on application to the Retirement Commission the amount of such contributions. In case of the death of a member before retirement, who has not elected a retirement income option in accordance with the provisions of this part or who has made such election but has not completed the age and service requirements that would permit him to retire on his own application, or after retirement without having made such election, or in case of the death of the survivor of a member who has made such election and his spouse after a retirement allowance has become payable, his contributions to the fund plus such five per cent interest, if any, less any retirement allowance paid to him or his spouse, and less any retroactive contributions paid by such member to the Old Age and Survivors Insurance System which have been paid from the fund under the provisions of section 7-451, shall be paid from the fund on the order of the Retirement Commission to the beneficiary or beneficiaries, if any, named by such member. If no named beneficiaries survive the member, or the survivor of the member and his spouse, payment shall be made to the executors or administrators of such member or his spouse, as the case may be, except that, if the amount is less than five hundred dollars, the refund may be made, at the option of the Retirement Commission, in accordance with the terms of section 45a-273.

(1949 Rev., S. 894; 1957, P.A. 447, S. 9; 1959, P.A. 310; 1967, P.A. 399; 1969, P.A. 244; P.A. 84-106, S. 5, 8; P.A. 86-243, S. 5, 10; P.A. 87-72; P.A. 88-149, S. 3, 5; P.A. 19-124, S. 1.)

History: 1959 act added provision re service credit for reemployed member who had withdrawn his contributions and added qualification re nonelection of option in providing for disposition of contributions where member dies before retirement; 1967 act allowed refunds to beneficiaries of deceased members who have not completed age and service requirements; 1969 act allowed withdrawal of contributions originally made to another system and transferred to municipal employees' retirement fund; P.A. 84-106 provided that interest at the rate of 5% per year shall be credited to contributions withdrawn from the fund, and to contributions paid to eligible beneficiaries of deceased members and that such interest shall be repaid by members attempting to reinstate previous service credits in the system; P.A. 86-243 provided that upon withdrawal of contributions, interest shall be included and shall be calculated from July 1, 1983, instead of July 1, 1984; P.A. 87-72 provided that members who leave municipal service but do not immediately withdraw their contributions shall continue to earn interest on such contributions until they are withdrawn; P.A. 88-149 provided for the refund of contributions made by a municipal employer for the purchase of wartime military service credit for an employee who leaves the employment of the municipality and withdraws from the municipal retirement system; P.A. 19-124 designated existing provisions re member contribution to fund and members serving in armed forces as Subsecs. (a) and (h), respectively, and added Subsecs. (b) to (g) re member contributions for fiscal years beginning July 1, 2019, July 1, 2020, July 1, 2021, July 1, 2022, July 1, 2023 and July 1, 2024, respectively, effective July 1, 2019.

PART III

GENERAL PROVISIONS

Sec. 7-460d. Additional compensation for certain retired public safety employees. (a) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes or of any charter or special act, a municipality may, by two-thirds vote of its legislative body or, in a municipality where the legislative body is a town meeting, by two-thirds vote of the board of selectmen, provide for compensation, in accordance with subsection (b) of this section, by such municipality of a retired public safety employee (1) with a permanent and severe disability caused by a serious bodily injury which (A) arose out of and in the course of his or her employment as a public safety employee, and (B) was suffered in the line of duty and within the scope of his or her employment as a public safety employee, (2) who retired from service as a public safety employee as a result of such disability, and (3) who is under the age of sixty-five. As used in this section, “public safety employee” means a retired uniformed member of such municipality's paid fire department or a retired regular member of such municipality's paid police department.

(b) The compensation paid to any public safety employee described in subsection (a) of this section shall be in an amount equal to the difference between (1) the total payment of benefits received by such employee under the provisions of chapter 568 and any other benefits, and (2) the regular rate of pay of such employee at the time of his or her retirement. Upon approval by the legislative body or board of selectmen, as applicable, in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, such compensation shall be paid annually to such employee and shall continue until such employee attains the age of sixty-five.

(c) A municipality providing for compensation in accordance with this section shall establish procedures for the evaluation of any retired public safety employee considered for such compensation to determine such person's eligibility.

(P.A. 19-111, S. 1.)

Sec. 7-464c. *(See end of section for amended version and effective date.) Retirement plans offered by a political subdivision of the state. Administration. Disclosures required. (a) On or after January 1, 2019, any company that administers a retirement plan offered by a political subdivision of the state to the employees of such political subdivision shall disclose to each participant in such retirement plan: (1) The fee ratio and return, net of fees, for each investment under the retirement plan, and (2) the fees paid to any person who, for compensation, engages in the business of providing investment advice to participants in the retirement plan either directly or through publications or writings. Such disclosures shall be made upon initial enrollment in the retirement plan and at least annually thereafter. For the purposes of this section, “retirement plan” means any retirement plan created in accordance with the provisions of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, that is not made available through the State Comptroller pursuant to subsection (c) of section 5-264.

(b) Any such company shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of subsection (a) of this section if such company adheres to the disclosure requirements for plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 set forth in Section 2550.404a-5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect on July 1, 2017, or as amended from time to time, provided any amended disclosure requirements are substantially similar to those in effect on July 1, 2017.

(P.A. 17-142, S. 1; 17-236, S. 22.)

*Note: On and after January 1, 2021, this section, as amended by section 13 of public act 19-125, is to read as follows:

Sec. 7-464c. Retirement plans offered by a political subdivision of the state. Administration. Disclosures required. (a) For the purposes of this section, “retirement plan” means any retirement plan created in accordance with the provisions of Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or any subsequent corresponding internal revenue code of the United States, as amended from time to time, that is not made available through the State Comptroller pursuant to subsection (c) of section 5-264.

(b) On or after January 1, 2021, any company that administers a retirement plan offered by a political subdivision of the state to the employees of such political subdivision shall disclose to each participant in such retirement plan and the State Comptroller, in an electronic form and manner prescribed by the State Comptroller:

(1) The fee ratio and return, net of fees, for each investment under the retirement plan;

(2) The fees paid to any person who, for compensation, engages in the business of providing investment advice to participants in the retirement plan either directly or through publications or writings; and

(3) Any other information required to be disclosed pursuant to 29 CFR 2550.404a-5 (d), as amended from time to time, if such retirement plan is a participant-directed individual account plan, as such term is used in 29 CFR 2550.404a-5.

(c) Any such company shall be deemed to comply with the requirements of subsection (b) of this section if such company adheres to the disclosure requirements for plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 set forth in Section 2550.404a-5 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as in effect on July 1, 2017, or as amended from time to time, provided any amended disclosure requirements are substantially similar to those in effect on July 1, 2017.

(d) Each company that is subject to the disclosure requirements established in subsection (b) of this section shall make the disclosures required by said subsection upon initial enrollment in the retirement plan and at least annually thereafter.

(e) Not later than March 1, 2022, and annually thereafter, the State Comptroller shall post, on the State Comptroller's Internet web site, each disclosure that the State Comptroller received pursuant to subsection (b) of this section on or before the January first immediately preceding for the calendar year immediately preceding.”

(P.A. 17-142, S. 1; 17-236, S. 22; P.A. 19-125, S. 13.)

History: P.A. 17-236 designated existing provisions re disclosures by company that administers retirement plan offered by political subdivision of the state to employees and added Subsec. (b) re company deemed to comply with requirements of Subsec. (a) if company adheres to other disclosure requirements; P.A. 19-125 added new Subsec. (a) re definition of “retirement plan”, redesignated existing Subsecs. (a) and (b) as Subsecs. (b) and (c), amended redesignated Subsec. (b) by substituting “2021” for “2019”, adding provision requiring retirement plan disclosures to State Comptroller, deleting definition of “retirement plan” and provision re annual disclosures of retirement plan in Subdiv. (2), and added Subdiv. (3) re federally required retirement plan disclosures, added Subsec. (d) re annual disclosures of retirement plan, added Subsec. (e) requiring State Comptroller to post retirement plan disclosures on State Comptroller's web site, and made conforming changes, effective January 1, 2021.

Sec. 7-473c. Neutral Arbitrator Selection Committee. Panel of neutral arbitrators. Mandatory binding arbitration; procedure; apportionment of costs. Rejection of award by legislative body of the municipal employer. Second arbitration format. (a) The Labor Commissioner shall appoint a Neutral Arbitrator Selection Committee consisting of ten members, five of whom shall represent the interests of employees and employee organizations and five of whom shall represent the interests of municipal employers, provided one of the members representing the interests of municipal employers shall be a representative of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. The members of the selection committee shall serve for a term of four years. Arbitrators may be removed for good cause. The selection committee shall appoint a panel of neutral arbitrators consisting of not less than twenty impartial persons representing the interests of the public in general to serve as provided in this section. Each member of the panel shall be a resident of the state and shall be selected by a unanimous vote of the selection committee. The members of the panel shall serve for a term of two years.

(b) (1) If neither the municipal employer nor the municipal employee organization has requested the arbitration services of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration (A) within one hundred eighty days after the certification or recognition of a newly certified or recognized municipal employee organization required to commence negotiations pursuant to section 7-473a, or (B) within thirty days after the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement, or within thirty days after the specified date for implementation of reopener provisions in an existing collective bargaining agreement, or within thirty days after the date the parties to an existing collective bargaining agreement commence negotiations to revise said agreement on any matter affecting wages, hours, and other conditions of employment, said board shall notify the municipal employer and municipal employee organization that one hundred eighty days have passed since the certification or recognition of the newly certified or recognized municipal employee organization, or that thirty days have passed since the specified date for implementation of reopener provisions in an existing agreement, or the date the parties commenced negotiations to revise an existing agreement on any matter affecting wages, hours and other conditions of employment or the expiration of such collective bargaining agreement and that binding and final arbitration is now imposed on them, provided written notification of such imposition shall be sent by registered mail or certified mail, return receipt requested, to each party.

(2) Within ten days of receipt of the written notification required pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, the chief executive officer of the municipal employer and the executive head of the municipal employee organization each shall select one member of the arbitration panel. Within five days of their appointment, the two members of the arbitration panel shall select a third member, who shall be an impartial representative of the interests of the public in general and who shall be selected from the panel of neutral arbitrators appointed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Such third member shall be the chairperson of the panel.

(3) In the event that the municipal employer or the municipal employee organization have not selected their respective members of the arbitration panel or the two members of the panel have not selected the third member, the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration shall appoint such members as are needed to complete the panel, provided (A) the member or members so appointed are residents of this state, and (B) the selection of the third member of the panel by the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration shall be made at random from among the members of the panel of neutral arbitrators appointed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Within ten days of appointment of the chairperson, the arbitration panel shall, by call of its chairperson, hold a hearing within the municipality involved. At least five days prior to such hearing, a written notice of the time and place of such hearing shall be sent to the municipal employer, the municipal employee organization and the other members of the panel. The chairperson of the panel shall preside over such hearing. Any member of the panel shall have the power to take testimony, to administer oaths and to summon, by subpoena, any person whose testimony may be pertinent to the matters before said panel, together with any records or other documents relating to such matters. In the case of contumacy or refusal to obey a subpoena issued to any person, the Superior Court, upon application by the panel, shall have jurisdiction to order such person to appear before the panel to produce evidence or to give testimony touching the matter under investigation or in question, and any failure to obey such order may be punished by said court as a contempt thereof.

(d) (1) The hearing may, at the discretion of the panel, be continued and shall be concluded within twenty days after its commencement. Not less than two days prior to the commencement of the hearing, each party shall file with the chairperson of the panel, and deliver to the other party, a proposed collective bargaining agreement, in numbered paragraphs, which such party is willing to execute and cost data for all provisions of such proposed agreement. At the commencement of the hearing each party shall file with the panel a reply setting forth (A) those paragraphs of the proposed agreement of the other party which it is willing to accept, and (B) those paragraphs of the proposed agreement of the other party which it is unwilling to accept, together with any alternative contract language which such party would accept in lieu of those paragraphs of the proposed agreement of the other party which it is unwilling to accept. At any time prior to the issuance of a decision by the panel, the parties may jointly file with the panel stipulations setting forth the agreement provisions which both parties have agreed to accept.

(2) Within five days after the conclusion of the taking of testimony, the panel shall forward to each party an arbitration statement, approved by a majority vote of the panel, setting forth all agreement provisions agreed upon by both parties in the proposed agreements and the replies, and in the stipulations, and stating, in numbered paragraphs, those issues which are unresolved.

(3) Within ten days after the conclusion of the taking of testimony, the parties shall file with the secretary of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration five copies of their statements of last best offer setting forth, in numbered paragraphs corresponding to the statement of unresolved issues contained in the arbitration statement, the final agreement provisions proposed by such party. Immediately upon receipt of both statement of last best offer or upon the expiration of the time for filing such statements of last best offer, whichever is sooner, said secretary shall distribute a copy of each such statement of last best offer to the opposing party.

(4) Within seven days after the distribution of the statements of last best offer or within seven days of the expiration of the time for filing the statements of last best offer, whichever is sooner, the parties may file with the secretary of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration five copies of their briefs on the unresolved issues. Immediately upon receipt of both briefs or upon the expiration of the time for filing such briefs, whichever is sooner, said secretary shall distribute a copy of each such brief to the opposing party.

(5) Within five days after the distribution of the briefs on the unresolved issues or within five days after the last day for filing such briefs, whichever is sooner, each party may file with said secretary five copies of a reply brief, responding to the briefs on the unresolved issues. Immediately upon receipt of the reply briefs or upon the expiration of the time for filing such reply briefs, whichever is sooner, said secretary shall simultaneously distribute a copy of each such reply brief to the opposing party.

(6) Within twenty days after the last day for filing such reply briefs, the panel shall issue, upon majority vote, and file with the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration its decision on all unresolved issues set forth in the arbitration statement, and said secretary shall immediately and simultaneously distribute a copy thereof to each party. The panel shall treat each unresolved issue set forth in the arbitration statement as a separate question to be decided by it. In deciding each such question, the panel agreement shall accept the final provision relating to such unresolved issue as contained in the statement of last best offer of one party or the other. As part of the arbitration decision, each member shall state the specific reasons and standards used in making a choice on each unresolved issue.

(7) The parties may jointly file with the panel stipulations modifying, deferring or waiving any or all provisions of this subsection.

(8) If the day for filing any document required or permitted to be filed under this subsection falls on a day which is not a business day of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration then the time for such filing shall be extended to the next business day of such board.

(9) In arriving at a decision, the arbitration panel shall give priority to the public interest and the financial capability of the municipal employer, including consideration of other demands on the financial capability of the municipal employer. There shall be an irrebuttable presumption that fifteen per cent of the municipal employer's budget reserve is not available for payment of the cost of any item subject to arbitration under this chapter. The panel shall further consider the following factors in light of such financial capability: (A) The negotiations between the parties prior to arbitration; (B) the interests and welfare of the employee group; (C) changes in the cost of living; (D) the existing conditions of employment of the employee group and those of similar groups; and (E) the wages, salaries, fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment prevailing in the labor market, including developments in private sector wages and benefits.

(10) The decision of the panel and the resolved issues shall be final and binding upon the municipal employer and the municipal employee organization except as provided in subdivision (12) of this subsection and, if such award is not rejected by the legislative body pursuant to said subdivision, except that a motion to vacate or modify such decision may be made in accordance with sections 52-418 and 52-419.

(11) In regard to all proceedings undertaken pursuant to this subsection the secretary of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration shall serve as staff to the arbitration panel.

(12) Within twenty-five days of the receipt of an arbitration award issued pursuant to this section, the legislative body of the municipal employer may reject the award of the arbitrators or single arbitrator by a two-thirds majority vote of the members of such legislative body present at a regular or special meeting called and convened for such purpose. If the twenty-fifth day specified in this subdivision falls on a weekend or a holiday, such deadline shall be extended through the next business day following the twenty-fifth day.

(13) Within ten days after such rejection, the legislative body or its authorized representative shall be required to state, in writing, the reasons for such vote and shall submit such written statement to the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration and the municipal employee organization. Within ten days after receipt of such notice, the municipal employee organization shall prepare a written response to such rejection and shall submit it to the legislative body and the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration.

(14) Within ten days after receipt of such rejection notice, the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration shall select a review panel of three arbitrators or, if the parties agree, a single arbitrator who are residents of Connecticut and labor relations arbitrators approved by the American Arbitration Association and not members of the panel who issued the rejected award. Such arbitrators or single arbitrator shall review the decision on each such rejected issue. The review conducted pursuant to this subdivision shall be limited to the record and briefs of the hearing pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the written explanation of the reasons for the vote and a written response by either party. In conducting such review, the arbitrators or single arbitrator shall be limited to consideration of the criteria set forth in subdivision (9) of this subsection. Such review shall be completed within twenty days of the appointment of the arbitrators or single arbitrator. The arbitrators or single arbitrator shall accept the last best offer of either of the parties.

(15) Within five days after the completion of such review the arbitrators or single arbitrator shall render a decision with respect to each rejected issue which shall be final and binding upon the municipal employer and the employee organization except that a motion to vacate or modify such award may be made in accordance with sections 52-418 and 52-419. The decision of the arbitrators or single arbitrator shall be in writing and shall include specific reasons and standards used by each arbitrator in making a decision on each issue. The decision shall be filed with the parties. The reasonable costs of the arbitrators or single arbitrator and the cost of the transcript shall be paid by the legislative body. Where the legislative body of a municipal employer is the town meeting, the board of selectmen shall perform all of the duties and shall have all of the authority and responsibilities required of and granted to the legislative body under this subsection.

(e) The cost of the arbitration panel shall be distributed among the parties in the following manner: (1) The municipal employer shall pay the costs of the arbitrator appointed by it, (2) the municipal employee organization shall pay the costs of the arbitrator appointed by it, (3) the municipal employer and the municipal employee organization shall equally divide and pay the cost of the chairperson, and (4) the costs of any arbitrator appointed by the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration shall be paid by the party in whose absence the board appointed.

(f) A municipal employer and a municipal employee organization may, at any time, file with the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration a joint stipulation modifying, deferring or waiving any or all of the provisions of this section, or modifying, deferring or waiving any or all of the provisions of a previously filed stipulation, and any such stipulation shall be controlling over the provisions of this section or of any previously filed stipulation.

(g) No party may submit for binding arbitration pursuant to this section any issue or proposal which was not presented during the negotiation process, unless the submittal of such additional issue or proposal is agreed to by the parties.

(P.A. 75-570, S. 7; P.A. 77-117; P.A. 82-37, S. 3; P.A. 84-242, S. 2; P.A. 85-18, S. 1; 85-31, S. 1; P.A. 87-11; 87-100, S. 1; P.A. 92-84, S. 1, 7; 92-170, S. 18, 26; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11, S. 53, 70; P.A. 93-17, S. 3, 6; P.A. 99-270, S. 1; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2, S. 158; P.A. 19-107, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 77-117 amended Subsec. (c) to include cost data for all provisions in collective bargaining agreements; P.A. 82-37 provided that when contract reopener provisions have not been agreed to within 90 days of the contractual date of implementation, mandatory binding arbitration shall be invoked; P.A. 84-242 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that the board shall notify, in writing, the parties who have waived fact finding that binding arbitration is imposed on them; P.A. 85-18 amended Subsec. (c)(2) to establish a more specific and extensive list of factors to be considered by the arbitration panel, including prior negotiations, public interest, employee interests, cost of living changes, existing conditions of employment of the employee group and prevailing conditions in the labor market; P.A. 85-31 amended Subsec. (c) to require each panel member to state the reasons and standards used in making his arbitration decision; P.A. 87-11 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that binding arbitration will be imposed when neither party requests arbitration within 90 days of starting negotiations to revise a collective bargaining agreement; P.A. 87-100 added Subsec. (f) which limited the presentation of new issues to binding arbitration; P.A. 92-84 added Subsec. (a) re neutral arbitrator selection committee and panel of neutral arbitrators, relettered former Subsec. (a) as Subsec. (b), changed the time period for imposition of binding and final arbitration from 90 days to 30 days, added requirements that the third member of an arbitration panel shall be selected from the panel of neutral arbitrators, relettered former Subsecs. (b) and (c) as Subsecs. (c) and (d), respectively, required the arbitration panel to give priority to the public interest and the financial capability of the municipal employer in arriving at a decision, required the arbitration panel to consider developments in private sector wages and benefits, added Subsec. (d)(5) providing for rejection of arbitration decision by the legislative body of the municipal employer, and relettered former Subsecs. (d), (e) and (f) as Subsecs. (e), (f) and (g); P.A. 92-170 removed references to fact-finding, changed the order for submission of last best offers and briefs in Subsec. (d), in Subdiv. (5) changed 30 days to 25 days, required the municipal employee organization to prepare a written response when an award is rejected, changed the requirement that arbitrators for the second round be members of the American Arbitration Association to labor relations arbitrators approved by the association and residents of Connecticut, required the review in the second round to be limited to consideration of the criteria set forth in Subdiv. (2), required the decision in the second round to be in writing and to include specific reasons and standards used in making the decision on each issue, required the decision to be filed with the parties and specified that the legislative body pay the costs and made technical changes, effective May 26, 1992, and applicable to arbitration proceedings commencing on or after that date; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-11 made a technical change in Subsec. (b); P.A. 93-17 added new Subdivs. (1) and (2) in Subsec. (b) to require state board of mediation and arbitration to impose binding arbitration on a newly certified municipal employee organization and a municipal employer if the parties fail to approve an original collective bargaining agreement within 180 days after the employee organization is certified or recognized, and redesignated existing Subdivs. (1) and (2) as Subparas. (A) and (B), respectively, effective April 21, 1993; P.A. 99-270 made technical changes, added Subdiv. indicators to Subsec. (b) and reorganized the Subdiv. indicators in Subsec. (d); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 17-2 amended Subsec. (d)(9) by adding provision re irrebuttable presumption that 15 per cent of municipal employer's budget reserve is not available to pay cost of item subject to arbitration, effective October 31, 2017; P.A. 19-107 amended Subsec. (d) by adding provision re extension of deadline in Subdiv. (12).