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Substitute Bill No. 6188

    January Session, 2009

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AN ACT CONCERNING STATE EMPLOYEES AND VIOLENCE AND BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 4a-2a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2009):

(a) As used in this section:

(1) "Abusive conduct" means conduct or a single act of a state employee in the workplace that is performed with malice and is unrelated to the state's legitimate interest that a reasonable person would find hostile or offensive considering the severity, nature and frequency of the conduct or the severity and egregiousness of the single act. Abusive conduct includes, but is not limited to, (A) repeated infliction of verbal abuse such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults and epithets; (B) verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating or humiliating; or (C) sabotaging or undermining a person's work performance; and

(2) "State employee" means all state agency personnel, but does not include contractors, subcontractors or vendors of this state.

(b) For the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, and each fiscal year thereafter, the Commissioner of Administrative Services, in consultation with the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Commissioner of Public Safety, shall, within the limits of available appropriations, provide an appropriate program of workplace stress and violence awareness, prevention and preparedness for state employees.

(c) On or before January 1, 2010, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Administrative Services shall report, in accordance with section 11-4a, to the Governor and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to labor summarizing the number of complaints of workplace violence or abusive conduct involving state employees and the outcomes of such complaints for the preceding year. Such report shall include recommendations for administrative or legislative action related to such complaints.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2009

4a-2a

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Joint Favorable Subst. C/R

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