Appropriations Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-269

Title:

AN ACT REQUIRING THE SECRETARY OF THE OFFICE OF POLICY AND MANAGEMENT TO STUDY THE IMPACT OF IMPLEMENTING A FORTY-HOUR WORK WEEK FOR STATE EMPLOYEES.

Vote Date:

4/7/2016

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

3/4/2016

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Appropriations Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The purpose of the bill is to direct the Office of Policy and Management to study and evaluate the costs and benefits of requiring fulltime state employees to work a forty hour week. The information collected would be used to inform decisions on staffing, increasing productivity, overtime, contract negotiations and the need for outside consultants that could result in savings to the State.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Office of Policy and Management, Secretary Benjamin Barnes opposed the bill citing ongoing union negotiations; say additional reporting requirements were not supported.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Representative Tami Zawistowski supported the bill saying, “this study will provide sufficient information to evaluate whether an increase in hours worked will result in efficacies, reduction of overtime and/or decreased use of consultants.” She said this information would be useful in forming the budget and in contract negotiations.

Connecticut Business and Industry Association, Vice President Peter Gioa supported the bill saying it would contribute to reasonable and efficient staffing and the elimination of unnecessary overtime.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None expressed

Reported by: Elizabeth Gillette

Date: April 8, 2016