OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 7037

AN ACT CONCERNING WITHHOLDING WORKERS' COMPENSATION INCOME FOR CHILD SUPPORT.

SUMMARY

This bill requires employers whose employees are subject to an income withholding order for child support to take additional steps when such employees make claims for workers' compensation benefits.

By law, when an employee under an income withholding order for child support makes such a claim, 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. Under the bill, when such an employee makes a claim for workers' compensation benefits, employers must also include a copy of the income withholding order with the first report of occupational illness or injury to the workers' compensation carrier. The carrier must withhold funds pursuant to the order and pay the withheld funds to the Department of Social Services' Office of Child Support Services. By law, the office must ensure that it distributes the withheld funds to the dependent, state, or support enforcement agency of another state, as appropriate, within two business days of receipt.

EFFECTIVE DATE: January 1, 2018

COMMITTEE ACTION

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

18

Nay

0

(03/03/2017)