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CT Low Wage Employer Advisory Board

 

Public Act 15-5, Section 485, establishes this Board and the following is a summary of the   responsibilities of the Board:

The act establishes a 13-member Connecticut Low Wage Employer Advisory Board within the Department of Labor (DOL) for administrative purposes only. The board must advise the labor commissioner, DDS, DSS, and Office of Early Childhood (OEC) on matters related to:

1. the causes and effects of businesses paying low wages to state residents,

2. public assistance usage among working state residents,

3. minimum wage rates needed to ensure working state residents can achieve an economically stable living standard,

4. improvement of the quality of public assistance programs that affect working state residents,

5. wages and working conditions of the workforce that delivers services to low-wage working families, and

6. reliance of business on state-funded public assistance programs.

The board must:

1. consider, suggest, and review legislative and agency proposals and actions regarding the above matters;

2. study and monitor the (a) causes and effects of large businesses paying low wages to state residents, including the impact of such practices on workers' need for public assistance; (b) minimum wage rates needed for working state residents to meet basic needs, such as food, housing, health care, and child care, without state-funded public assistance programs; and (c) benefits that employers receive from public assistance benefits provided to the state workforce and solutions to associated problems;

3. foster communication between working state residents who provide or receive public assistance and employers and state agencies to improve the quality of state public assistance programs serving lower-income residents; and

4. advise the labor commissioner and other interested state agencies or officials on policies and procedures related to the board's study areas.

Advisory Board members:

James Bhandary-Alexander - Co-chair
Jamie Mills- Co-chair -
resigned 9/14/16 Board Meeting
Stanley McMillen
Susan Coleman
Eddie Stephens
Merrill Gay
Deborah Schwartz
Helene Figueroa
Michael Seid
Kurt Westby
Paul S. Lavoie
Merle Berke-Schlessel 

Monica Morneau

Jennifer Putteti

 

Advisory Board Meeting Dates  

At the request of the Co-Chairs and in accordance with actions at the June 14th Board Meeting, future meeting dates have been changed from Tuesdays to Wednesdays. Please refer to the following list and adjust your schedules accordingly.

  • Wednesday, August 10th Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00-5:00 P.M.

  • Wednesday, September 14th Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00-5:00 P.M.

  • Wednesday, October 19 (to accommodate Yom Kippur) Room 1C (instead of 1D) of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00-5:00 P.M.

  • Wednesday, November 9th Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00-5:00 P.M.

  • Wednesday, December 14th Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00-5:00 P.M. - cancelled

  • Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Conference Rooms A&B at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd Wethersfield, CT  -- 3:00-5:00 PM

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield,   CT 3:00 PM

  • Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM

  • Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM

  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM

 

Meeting Agenda's and Minutes

 

                            September 14, 2016 | October 19, 2016 | November 9, 2016 | January 11, 2017 | February 21, 2017

                                     March 21, 2017

                        June 14, 2016 | July 20, 2016 | August 10, 2016 | September 14, 2016 | October 19, 2016

                        January 11, 2017                                         

Labor and Public Employees Committee - Thursday, February 16, 2017 - Public Hearing Agenda

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