PA 07-125—SB 1293

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Government Administration and Elections Committee

Judiciary Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING DATA UNDER THE FEDERAL TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE ACT

SUMMARY: This act requires authorized users of the CTWorks Business System (the Labor Department's database of displaced workers and others seeking work) to agree in writing to confidentiality safeguards in order to access federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) information added to the system. It requires each authorized user to reimburse the department for all costs incurred for disclosing the information. The act also prohibits the disclosure of system information, except that aggregate reports that do not reveal identifiable individual data may be disclosed to unauthorized users.

Violators are (1) subject to a fine of up to $200, imprisonment for up to six months, or both and (2) prohibited from any further access to the system's information.

The act's safeguards allow federal TAA data to be added into the system while satisfying federal confidentiality requirements.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

CTWorks Business System

The Labor Department merged data on individuals looking for work from several programs (including the federal Workforce Investment Act and Connecticut Jobs First Employment Services) into one database.

Federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA)

This program provides various forms of employment assistance to individuals who lose their jobs or experience a loss of work hours due to increased foreign imports or production shifts to certain countries. For example, a layoff at a factory can be designated TAA- eligible, which allows the individuals who lost their jobs to apply individually for assistance with retraining, education, and job-search activities.

OLR Tracking: JM: VR: JL: TS