OFFICE OF FISCAL ANALYSIS

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sHB-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 workplace harassment provisions, requiring an increased number of employers and employees to receive additional information, education, or trainings. Employers can either hire private firms to conduct trainings or request free trainings from the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO).

To the extent these requirements result in a significant increase in the number of training requests CHRO receives, there may be 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.

The bill requires the free trainings to be provided within available appropriations. It does not appear that this mandates that the agency perform the activity regardless of available funding, therefore the cost described above is potential.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to number of training requests.

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.