Labor and Public Employees Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6706

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE FILING FEE AT THE STATE BOARD OF MEDIATION AND ARBITRATION.

Vote Date:

3/12/2015

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/26/2015

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Labor and Public Employees Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To ensure the compensation for the state arbitrators is set at consistent rate and to increase the filing fee for submission of grievances to the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Heidi Lane spoke on behalf of Sharon M. Palmer, Commissioner, Department of Labor: testified that a Program Review and Investigations Committee study reported that since 1979, the $25 filing fee has remained unchanged. They recommended raising the fee, which has remained unchanged for at least 33 years.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Raymond Shea, Permanent member of the State Board of Mediation and Arbitration:

testified that there is an unintended error in payment of per diems. He expressed that currently all arbitrators are paid $225 a day for each hearing. However, when a hearing is continued after the first day, the per diem rate is reduced to $150 for each additional day. This is a $75 loss, regardless of the length of time for the hearing. This bill addresses the inequity of two separate diems, which levels the playing field in handling arbitration hearings.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None submitted.

Reported by: Marie Knudsen

Date: March 27, 2015