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Raised Bill No. 518

January Session, 2013

 

LCO No. 1422

 

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Referred to Committee on AGING

 

Introduced by:

 

(AGE)

 

AN ACT CREATING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY EMPLOYMENT ISSUES CONCERNING REGISTRIES IN THE HOMEMAKER AND COMPANION SERVICES INDUSTRY.

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

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2013) (a) There is established a task force to study whether registries, as defined in section 20-670 of the general statutes, should be responsible for the payment of unemployment insurance and workers' compensation coverage for the individuals supplied, referred or placed by such registries. Such study shall include, but not be limited to, an examination of (1) the impact that requiring such registries to be responsible for such payments would have on the availability of individuals to provide care for consumers in need of homemaker or companion services, as defined in section 20-670 of the general statutes, and (2) the ways in which other states register or regulate such registries.

(b) The task force shall consist of the following members:

(1) The chairpersons and ranking members of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to aging and labor;

(2) Two appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, each of whom shall be a representative from a registry;

(3) Two appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate, who shall be individuals who are supplied or referred to or placed with consumers by a registry;

(4) One appointed by the majority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a representative from a homemaker-companion agency;

(5) One appointed by the majority leader of the Senate, who shall be an individual who is employed by a homemaker-companion agency;

(6) One appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives, who shall be a consumer or the legal representative of a consumer who receives homemaker or companion services through a registry;

(7) One appointed by the minority leader of the Senate, who shall be a consumer or the legal representative of a consumer who receives homemaker or companion services through a homemaker-companion agency;

(8) The Labor Commissioner, or the commissioner's designee;

(9) The Commissioner of Revenue Services, or the commissioner's designee;

(10) The Commissioner of Public Health, or the commissioner's designee;

(11) The Commissioner of Consumer Protection, or the commissioner's designee; and

(12) The Insurance Commissioner, or the commissioner's designee.

(c) Any member of the task force appointed under subdivision (6) or (7) of subsection (b) of this section may be a member of the General Assembly.

(d) All appointments to the task force shall be made not later than thirty days after the effective date of this section. Any vacancy shall be filled by the appointing authority.

(e) The speaker of the House of Representatives and the president pro tempore of the Senate shall select the chairpersons of the task force from among the members of the task force. Such chairpersons shall schedule the first meeting of the task force, which shall be held not later than sixty days after the effective date of this section.

(f) The administrative staff of the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to aging and labor shall serve as administrative staff of the task force.

(g) Not later than January 1, 2014, the task force shall submit a report on its findings and recommendations to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to aging, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes. The task force shall terminate on the date that it submits such report or January 1, 2014, whichever is later.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2013

New section

Statement of Purpose:

To study the benefits and potential concerns associated with designating a homemaker-companion agency, registry or homemaker-home health agency as the employer of individuals providing certain services to consumers for the purposes of unemployment compensation, wages and workers' compensation.

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