CHAPTER 569a*
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC
AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:
JOB INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT. MINIJOBS

*See chapter 127b (Sec. 8-37i et seq.) and title 32 re Department of Economic and Community Development.

Table of Contents

Sec. 31-362a. Commission on Job Innovation and Development.
Sec. 31-362b. Duties of Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.
Sec. 31-362c. Statement of policy. Minijobs.
Sec. 31-362d. Definitions.
Sec. 31-362e. Responsibilities of commissioner with regard to minijobs.
Sec. 31-362f. Pilot minijob program.
Sec. 31-362g. Defense diversification. Alternative use committees.


Sec. 31-362a. Commission on Job Innovation and Development. Section 31- 362a is repealed.
(P.A. 75-208, S. 1, 2, 4; P.A. 76-56, S. 5, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 609, 610.)

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Sec. 31-362b. Duties of Commissioner of Economic and Community Development. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall: (1) Evaluate existing and potential job skills needed for Connecticut business and industry; (2) coordinate and recommend improvements in vocational educational programs in order to match vocational programs with job needs; (3) encourage work-study programs in industry and more scholarships funded by employers, unions and government; (4) encourage retraining programs for the underemployed and unemployed in order to provide a guaranteed work force; and (5) evaluate and make recommendations for executive and legislative action to improve programs regarding job innovation and development. The commissioner shall make a report of his findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly not later than February 15, 1980, and annually thereafter.
(P.A. 75-208, S. 3, 4; P.A. 77-614, S. 285, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 34, 136; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commission on job innovation and development with commissioner of economic development and changed date of initial report from 1976 to 1978, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-303 postponed report date to 1980 since P.A. 77-614 is not effective until 1979; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Sec. 31-362c. Statement of policy. Minijobs. It is found and declared that there has been and continues to be a severe unemployment problem in this state; that allowing unemployment to go unchecked results in increased state costs in the form of welfare benefits, jobless payments, crime prevention, social services and correctional institutions, and that the harmful psychological, financial and social ramifications of being unemployed must be avoided. It is therefore further found and declared that it is essential to adopt in this state an innovative and realistic approach to the unemployment problem; that the limited available work must be distributed throughout the unemployed population; and that it is necessary to develop and coordinate a plan of identifying and providing minijobs and matching unemployed persons to those jobs.
(P.A. 76-56, S. 1, 6.)

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Sec. 31-362d. Definitions. For purposes of sections 31-362b to 31-362f, inclusive:
(1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, and
(2) "Minijob" means a job with a maximum work week of twenty-five hours per week.
(P.A. 76-56, S. 2, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 286, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 35, 102, 136; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced definition of "commission" with definition of "commissioner", effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-303 substituted Sec. 31-362b for repealed Sec. 31-362a; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Sec. 31-362e. Responsibilities of commissioner with regard to minijobs. The commissioner shall in addition to the responsibilities prescribed by section 31-362b:
(1) Develop a plan to implement the minijob concept;
(2) Coordinate and implement the minijob development plan, including the provision of those general support facilities considered by the commissioner to be necessary, desirable or appropriate in carrying out the provisions of the minijob implementation plan;
(3) Provide for the education and training of persons in order to match such persons with available jobs;
(4) Provide for utilization of private employers for implementation of some or all of the requirements of the minijob development plan.
(P.A. 76-56, S. 3, 6; P.A. 77-614, S. 287, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 121, 136.)
History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commission on job innovation and development with commissioner of economic development, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-303 deleted Subdiv. (1) re commissioner's duty to collect and analyze population and employment data, renumbering remaining Subdivs. accordingly.

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Sec. 31-362f. Pilot minijob program. The commission shall institute a pilot minijob program in a limited area and shall report to the 1977 session of the General Assembly on or before February 1, 1977, with respect, thereto, including in such report any recommendations for legislation to further the purposes of sections 31-362b to 31-362f, inclusive.
(P.A. 76-56, S. 4, 6; P.A. 78-303, S. 103, 136.)
History: P.A. 78-303 substituted Sec. 31-362b for repealed Sec. 31-362a.

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Sec. 31-362g. Defense diversification. Alternative use committees. (a) As used in this section, "defense contract" includes any contract for the production or manufacture of weapons or other defense equipment to be used by the military or naval forces of this state or the United States, "defense contractor" means any contractor, subcontractor, manufacturer or service company which is a party to a defense contract and has agreed to produce or manufacture weapons or defense equipment under such contract and "value" means gross value.
(b) Each defense contractor which (1) performs one or more defense contracts in this state, the combined value of which exceeds one million dollars in any one year, and (2) after October 1, 1994, is the recipient of state assistance provided pursuant to section 32-222a or other funds from the Department of Economic and Community Development shall establish an alternative use committee. The committee shall consist of representatives of employees and employers. The employees of such contractor who are represented by a collective bargaining organization shall be represented on such committee by a representative of such organization. The employees of such contractor who are not represented by a collective bargaining organization shall designate a person to serve as their representative. The committee may invite representatives of the community to participate in committee meetings. The committee shall prepare a plan to reduce or eliminate the dependence of the contractor on defense contracts. The plan shall include: (A) Alternative products that are feasible to produce and marketable; and (B) retraining resources needed to produce such products in order to avoid dislocation of the current workforce. The Labor Commissioner shall adopt regulations pursuant to chapter 54 to administer the establishment and composition of alternate use committees and the committee's duty to establish plans pursuant to this subsection.
(P.A. 94-234; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6.)
History: P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Economic Development with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development.

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