OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-5237

AN ACT CONCERNING FAIR CHANCE EMPLOYMENT.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Labor Dept.

GF - Cost

47,457

94,913

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Cost

18,954

37,908

Various State Agencies

All Funds - Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Note: All Funds=All Funds; GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Various Municipalities

Cost

Potential Minimal

Potential Minimal

Explanation

The bill provides employment protections for certain employees and job applicants with criminal conviction records. This results in: (1) a General Fund cost of $66,411 in FY 17 (partial year) and $132,821 in FY 18, and (2) a potential minimal cost to various state agencies and municipalities.

The bill prohibits criminal history questions in the job application process and requires private employers to follow the same rules as public employers when asking about criminal history. Employers can ask these questions after a conditional offer of employment is made. There may be a minimal printing cost to those agencies that would have to alter their job applications to adhere to the terms of the bill.

The bill allows aggrieved employees and applicants to file a complaint with the labor commissioner, who must investigate the complaint and may hold a hearing. Based on the number of complaints for a similar provision for state employees heard annually by the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, it is anticipated that the number of investigations and hearings will require additional resources within the Department of Labor (DOL). Specifically, the DOL would require one part-time Wage Enforcement Agent ($41,875 for salary and $16,275 for fringe costs) and one part-time Staff Attorney ($53,038 for salary and $21,183 for fringe costs) to investigate, hold hearings, render decisions and write reports.

There is no impact to the Judicial Department from allowing appeals in Superior Court. The number of appeals is not anticipated to be great enough to need additional resources. The court system disposes of over 500,000 cases annually.

The Out Years

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

1 The fringe benefit costs for most state employees are budgeted centrally in accounts administered by the Comptroller. The estimated active employee fringe benefit cost associated with most personnel changes is 39.94% of payroll in FY 17 and FY 18.