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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 5285

February Session, 2010

 

LCO No. 1394

 

*01394_______LAB*

Referred to Committee on Labor and Public Employees

 

Introduced by:

 

(LAB)

 

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 Section 4a-2a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2010):

(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 the 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, 2011, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of Administrative Services shall report, in accordance with the provisions of 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.

Sec. 2. (Effective from passage) On or before January 1, 2011, the Commissioner of Administrative Services, or the commissioner's designee, in consultation with the Commissioners of Public Safety, Public Works, and Mental Health and Addiction Services, or their designees, shall, within existing budgetary resources, establish policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, evaluating and investigating complaints of abusive conduct occurring in the workplace between state employees.

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

Section 1

October 1, 2010

4a-2a

Sec. 2

from passage

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To require that the Department of Administrative Services report the number of complaints of bullying or abusive conduct to the General Assembly.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]