OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5253

AN ACT CONCERNING IMPROVEMENTS TO INCOME WITHHOLDING FOR CHILD SUPPORT.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires employers whose employees owe child support to take additional steps when such employees make claims for workers' compensation benefits.

By law, when an employee who owes child support makes a claim for workers' compensation benefits, his or her employer must promptly notify the dependent (i.e., spouse, former spouse, or child owed the support) or the Judicial Branch's Support Enforcement Services as directed. In such circumstances, the bill additionally requires the employer to include a copy of any withholding order the employer received with its first report of occupational illness or injury to its workers' compensation benefits carrier. The carrier must withhold funds pursuant to the order and pay the withheld funds to the Department of Social Services' disbursement unit. By law, the unit must ensure that it distributes the funds to the dependent, state, or support enforcement agency of another state, as appropriate, within two business days of receiving them.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2016

COMMITTEE ACTION

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable Change of Reference

Yea

17

Nay

0

(03/03/2016)

Judiciary Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

45

Nay

0

(03/30/2016)