OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 6706

AN ACT CONCERNING THE FILING FEE FOR GRIEVANCES OR DISPUTES SUBMITTED TO THE STATE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION.

SUMMARY:

This bill increases, from $25 to $50, the grievance filing fee that each party to a dispute must pay to the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration (SBMA) in order for the board to consider the matter. By law and unchanged by the bill, in situations where a single public member of SBMA is chosen to arbitrate a grievance, the filing fee will be refunded to each party. Under the law, grievances can be heard by a single arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2015

BACKGROUND

SBMA

The SBMA provides mediation and arbitration services for disputes between employers and employees under the State Employee Relations Act and the Municipal Employee Relations Act and in certain private sector situations. An employer and its employees can choose to submit a grievance or dispute to the board for mediation or an arbitration decision.

Legislative History

The House referred the bill (File 315) to the Appropriations Committee which reported a substitute bill that eliminates the original bill's provisions to increase:

1. the per diem payments for arbitrators from $150 to (a) $200 on and after July 1, 2015, and (b) $225 on and after July 1, 2016 for each additional day after the first day, and

2. the payment for panel members on the conclusion of an executive session from $150 to $175, effective July 1, 2015.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Labor and Public Employees Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

13

Nay

0

(03/12/2015)

Appropriations Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

50

Nay

5

(04/29/2015)