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2015-16 CT Legislative Progress

    Connecticut was the 12th state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill



    • Sen. Gary Winfield and Rep. Victor Cuevas introduced SB 432
    • Text of the bill: AN ACT CONCERNING WORKPLACE BULLYING.
      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened: That the general statutes be amended to (1) provide greater protections to employees who are bullied in the workplace, (2) lessen the legal burdens necessary for employees who wish to bring an action against their employer for bullying, and (3) create a workplace bullying advisory board to explore and address instances of workplace bullying in the state.
    • The bill's stated purpose is: To offer more protections to employees in the workplace and to prevent workplace bullying.
    • SB 432 is not yet the full version of the WBI anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill (HWB).

    Sponsors

    Senate Bill 432

    Name District Phone E-mail Website
    Sen. Gary A. Winfield    D-10 (860)240-0393 E-mail form for Sen. Winfield Here
    Rep. Victor Cuevas    D-75 (860)240-8585 Victor.Cuevas@cga.ct.gov Here

    Video

    Watch Connecticut State Coordinator, Dr. Kathy Hermes, on Waterford CT community television -- Feb 8, 2015.
    Includes discussion of the suicide of Marlene Braun.



    Bill History

    2012

    SB 154 introduced by the Joint Labor and Public Employees Committee.SB 154: An Act Concerning State Employees and Violence and Abusive Conduct in the Workplace. Read the text of the bill. This is a very limited version of the HWB.

    2010

    HB 5285 was introduced and called for designated state agencies to monitor the frequency of incidents reported as well as the outcomes of any subsequent investigations and if the budget permits after one year, policies and procedures for resolving complaints about abusive conduct (bullying) shall be developed. 5285 is not the HWB.

    2009

    The Healthy Workplace Bill was not introduced in 2009. Instead, HB 6188 was introduced. It simply calls and directs the Commissioner of Administrative Services to establish policies and procedures for preventing, reporting, evaluating and investigating complaints of abusive conduct occurring in the workplace between state employees by Jan. 2010.

    A Public Hearing was held on Feb. 10 by the Labor Committee. On 2/26/09, committee vote was 11-0 to pass, the bill was amended and sent to Government Administration and Elections. HB 6188 was amended as Substitute HB 6188 and passed GAE 10-5 on 3/30/09. The bill was placed on the House Calendar on 4/15/09.

    2008

    Sen. Prague introduced and held a public hearing in that same committee for her bill SB 60 co-sponsored by Reps. Kevin Ryan and Roberta Willis. The bill was withdrawn.

    2007

    The first CT State version of the Healthy Workplace Bill SB 371 was introduced in the General Assembly by Sen. Thomas Colapietro. It was heard in the Labor and Public Employees Committee chaired by Sen. Edith Prague. It passed the committee and died in a referred committee.

    Audio & Video

    Audio

    Connecticut Public Radio Show on Workplace Bullying, March 17, 2008.

    Where We Live hosted by Ray Hardman.
    Featuring: CT Sen. Edith Prague; Dr. Tara L'Hereux (Univ. of New Haven), Dr. Gary Namie, Workplace Bullying Institute; CT Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and callers. WNPR, 90.5 FM, Hartford, CT. 52 Minutes Long.





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    *Note: Coordinators cannot give advice and are not equipped to help those currently bullied at work. Visit WBI to find resources for bullied targets.


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