PUBLIC POLICY ALERT
April 20, 2016
Dear Chamber Member,
We would like to call your attention to several bills moving forward in the state legislature. We encourage you to cut and paste from the corresponding form on the Chamber's website here and email your local legislators (listed below) on the bills here that most concern your business:
- Senate Bill 221, An Act Concerning Paid Family And Medical Leave. The Chamber opposes this bill, which would allow employees in companies with three or more workers up to 12 weeks of fully paid leave per year to care for their own illness or for an ill family member. Under this bill, Connecticut would be the first state to provide fully paid leave. Also, while it taxes workers to fund the leave, it places another financial burden on employers, who must pay benefits to workers on leave while paying to replace that worker for up to 12 weeks.
- Senate Bill 391, An Act Concerning The Recoupment Of State Costs Attributable To Low Wage Employers. The Chamber opposes this bill, which would fine employers up to $1 an hour for each hour worked by an employee paid less than $15 per hour. The bill would apply to employers with 500 or more workers and to workers for franchises.
- House Bill 5367, An Act Concerning The Total Unemployment Benefit Rate And An Online Employment Exchange. The Chamber supports this bill, which would help reduce your unemployment tax burden. For an analysis of its full benefits, CBIA offers this.
- House Bill 5591, An Act Concerning The Connecticut Retirement Security System. The Chamber opposes this bill, which would create a government-run retirement system for private-sector workers. This would place a major administrative burden on employers, while putting the state in direct competition with financial services companies.
Contact Your Legislators:
Senate Democrats (1-800-842-1420)
Sen. Dante Bartolomeo: Cheshire, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown
Sen. Joseph J. Crisco Jr.: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Derby, Hamden, Naugatuck, Woodbridge
Sen. Joan Hartley: Waterbury, Middlebury
Senate Republicans (1-800-842-1421)
Sen. Rob Kane: Bethlehem, Bridgewater, Middlebury, Oxford, Seymour, Southbury, Roxbury, Washington, Watertown, Woodbury
Sen. Joe Markley: Cheshire, Prospect, Southington, Waterbury, Wolcott
House Democrats (1-800-842-1902)
Rep. Jeff Berger: Waterbury
Rep. Larry Butler: Waterbury
Rep. Theresa Conroy: Beacon Falls, Seymour, Derby
Rep. Mary Fritz: Cheshire, Wallingford
House Republicans (1-800-842-1423)
Rep. Al Adinolfi: Cheshire, Southington, Wallingford
Rep. Eric Berthel: Watertown, Woodbury
Rep. Anthony D'Amelio: Middlebury, Waterbury
Rep. David Labriola: Naugatuck, Oxford, Southbury
Rep. Craig Miner: Bethlehem, Litchfield, Morris, Warren, Woodbury
Rep. Selim Noujaim: Waterbury
Rep. Arthur O'Neill: Bridgewater, Roxbury, Southbury, Washington
Rep. John Piscopo: Burlington, Harwinton, Litchfield, Thomaston
Rep. Rosa Rebimbas: Naugatuck
Rep. Rob Sampson: Southington, Wolcott
Rep. Lezlye Zupkus: Bethany, Cheshire, Prospect