OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5860

AN ACT RECOGNIZING PROBATE COURT EMPLOYEES AS STATE EMPLOYEES FOR PURPOSES OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 16 $

FY 17 $

Probate Court

PCAF - Cost

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Judicial Dept.

GF - Potential Cost

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PCAF = Probate Court Administration Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill allows probate court employee to become a collectively bargained unit or units and results in a cost to the Probate Court Administration (PCA). PCA currently has no human resources/labor relations staff and it is anticipated that PCA would need two additional staff to oversee human resources and labor relations for the probate courts at a cost of $395,093 in FY 16 ($250,000 for salaries and other expenses and $145,093 for fringe benefits1) and $411,147 in FY 17 ($259,525 for salaries and other expenses and $151,622 for fringe benefits). This cost assumes one unified collective bargaining unit amongst all probate court employees.

However if the probate courts employees choose to create multiple collective bargaining units, the bill would result in significant costs to hire human resources/labor relations staff for the probate courts. It is anticipated that an additional 10 positions would be needed, resulting in a cost of $964,700 in FY 16 ($550,000 for salaries and other expenses and $414,700 for fringe benefits) and $1,006,962 in FY 17 ($573,600 for salaries and other expenses and $433,362 in fringe benefits).

In addition, it should be noted that the bill may result in additional costs to the Probate Court Administration based on the negotiated agreement with the collective bargaining unit. Cost will be dependent on the terms of the negotiated agreement.

The Probate Court Administration Fund receives revenue through probate court fees as well as a General Fund subsidy through an appropriated account in the Judicial Department. These additional costs may result in an increase to the General Fund subsidy or an increase to probate court fees.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to inflation.

Sources:

Core-CT Financial Accounting System

1 The fringe benefit costs for employees funded out of other appropriated funds are  budgeted within the fringe benefit account of those funds, as opposed to the fringe benefit accounts within the Office of the State Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes for other appropriated fund employees is 82.91% of payroll in FY 16 and FY 17.