OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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HB-5043

AN ACT PROMOTING A FAIR, CIVIL AND HARASSMENT-FREE WORKPLACE.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Human Rights & Opportunities, Com.

GF - Potential Cost

105,090

140,120

State Comptroller - Fringe Benefits1

GF - Potential Cost

38,179

50,906

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill extends existing workplace harassment provisions, resulting in an increased number of employers and employees requiring additional information, education, or trainings.

While employers can hire private firms to conduct trainings, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) provides free trainings. To the extent these requirements result in a significant increase in the number of requests CHRO receives for training, a potential cost for two additional training staff of $143,269 in FY 19 (partial year) and $191,026 in FY 20 (annualized), including fringe benefits, may be incurred.

The Out Years

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

Sources:

Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

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 36.33% of payroll in FY 19 and FY 20.