PA 15-31—sSB 985

Labor and Public Employees Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING BARBERSHOPS AND APPRENTICESHIPS

SUMMARY: This act authorizes the Department of Public Health (DPH) to grant a barber license to an applicant who successfully completes a Labor Department-approved apprenticeship program and meets other requirements.

Under prior law, an applicant for a barber's license had to:

1. successfully complete eighth grade;

2. complete a barber course of study of at least 1,000 hours at a school approved by the Connecticut Examining Board for Barbers, Hairdressers, and Cosmeticians or an equivalent out-of-state school; and

3. pass a written examination that satisfies DPH requirements.

Under the act, completing an approved apprenticeship (presumably for barbers) can substitute for the 1,000-hour course of study.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2015

BARBER APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

The act requires the barber apprenticeship program to conform to existing apprenticeship law, which requires:

1. each apprentice to work at and learn a specific trade under a written agreement with an employer or an employer-employee joint apprenticeship committee;

2. the agreement to be for at least 2,000 hours of work in approved trade training consistent with the industry or joint labor-industry standards, plus supplemental hours of related instruction;

3. the Connecticut State Apprenticeship Council to oversee all apprenticeship programs and issue certificates of completion for those who successfully complete a program; and

4. participating employers and apprentices to annually register with the Labor Department.

Related regulations also require an employer's apprenticeship program to meet numerous requirements (Conn. Agencies Reg. 31-51d-1 to -12).

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