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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 - Co-Chair (elected 2/21/17 Board Meeting)

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.

Monday, October 30, 2017, Conference Room 217 at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM
Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 Room 1A of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00 P.M.
 - cancelled
Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 Room 1A of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, August 10th, 2017 Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00-5:00 P.M.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 2:00 PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT DOL, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM - cancelled
Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT DOL, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM - cancelled
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT DOL, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM
Tuesday, February 21, 2017, Conference Rooms A&B at the CT DOL, 200 Folly Brook Blvd, Wethersfield, CT 3:00 PM
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - Conference Rooms A&B at the CT DOL, 200 Folly Brook Blvd Wethersfield, CT -- 3:00-5:00 PM
Wednesday, November 15th, 2016 Room 1A of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, December 13th, 2016 Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00 P.M.
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building, Hartford 3:00-5:00 P.M. - cancelled

Meeting Agenda's and Minutes

Agenda's
October 30, 2017 October 18, 2017 September 27, 2017
August 15, 2017 June 20, 2017 March 21, 2017
February 21, 2017 January 11, 2017 November 9, 2016
October 19, 2016 September 14, 2016 August 10, 2016
July 20, 2016 June 14, 2016 May 10, 2016
April 21, 2016 March 8th, 2016

Minutes
June 20, 2017 March 21, 2017 February 21, 2017
January 11, 2017 October 19, 2016 September 14, 2016
August 10, 2016 July 20, 2016 June 14, 2016
May 10, 2016 April 21, 2016 March 8, 2016
February 9, 2016 January 26, 2016

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

Presentations and References - click here

Testimony & Reports - click here

Links - click here 

 

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