Labor & Employment
Goal: Remove barriers to job creation by controlling business costs and reducing administrative burdens
Competitive states eliminate barriers to business growth and give employers the flexibility to meet the needs of both their employees and the markets they serve. Connecticut employers traditionally offer some of the highest wages, best benefits, and safest working conditions in the United States. Policymakers should help ease the high cost of doing business in the state so that employers get a clear indication that the time is right to create more jobs.
• Modify the paid sick leave law so that Connecticut employers are able to administer it more effectively by:
o Allowing employers the flexibility to administer the leave on a calendar, fiscal, or alternative year basis
o Exempting manufacturers as originally intended
o Permitting employers to address absenteeism that results from the misuse of paid sick leave
o Allowing employers to verify their number of employees by the same method used under the state’s family leave law
• Control workers’ compensation costs by controlling medical expenses:
o Eliminate barriers to encourage hospitals, employers, and insurers to negotiate appropriate charges for services provided in workers’ compensation cases
o Promote the effective use of rehabilitative services to help employees return to work
• Control unemployment compensation costs by:
o Ensuring benefit recipients are actively trying to return to the workforce
o Changing the definition of unexcused absence to mean one day of unexcused absence rather than the more expansive two consecutive days
o Modifying the definition of suitability of employment in a way that encourages individuals to return to work as soon as possible, reflects the realities of the modern economy, and puts Connecticut in alignment with other states
o Seeking efficiencies by expanding the use of electronic employer filings
• Reject any proposals to limit communications between employers and their employees (“captive audience” proposals).
• Reject any legislative efforts to eliminate the secret ballot process for labor union elections (“card check” proposals).
• Promote job growth by removing residency and unemployment-rate threshold barriers to participation in the Subsidized Training and Employment Program (STEP-Up).