OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5239

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DISCLOSURE OF PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF LABOR RELATIONS AND THE STATE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires performance evaluations of any member of the State Board of Labor Relations or the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration to be made available to the member, labor commissioner, governor, and anyone responsible for evaluating the member's performance. The information disclosed must be used only for the purpose of improving the service provided by the boards, evaluation of the member's performance, and for the governor to consider regarding the member's reappointment.

Under current law, personnel files, including evaluations, are exempt from disclosure under the state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The bill supersedes the provisions of the state personal data law (CGS Chapter 55) and the exceptions to the FOIA (CGS 1-210 (b)). Presumably, under current law the member and anyone responsible for evaluating the member's performance would have access to the member's evaluation.

The governor appoints the members of the two boards (three for labor relations and six for mediation and arbitration, plus alternates when necessary). The labor relations members are paid by the day and the mediation and arbitration members are paid by the individual case.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2012.

BACKGROUND

Personal Data Act

The act regulates the maintenance and dissemination of personal data by any state board, commission, department, or officer other than the legislature, courts, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, or town or regional boards of education.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

11

Nay

0

(03/15/2012)