2019 CT Legislative Progress

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

    • Sen. Gary Winfield introduced SB 698
    • The entire text of the bill: "That the general statutes be amended to require the Department of Administrative Services to report to the Governor and the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to labor summarizing the number of complaints of workplace violence or abusive conduct involving state employees and the outcomes of such complaints for the preceding year. Such report shall include recommendations for policies and procedures to prevent, report, evaluate and investigate such complaints."
    • The bill's stated purpose is: "To require that the Department of AdministrativeServices report the number of complaints of bullying or abusive conduct involving state employees to the Governor and the General Assembly."
    • Referred to the Committee on Labor and Public Employees.
    • This legislation is a very limited approach to preventing and correcting abusive conduct, a.k.a., workplace bullying. Bullying is a sub-lethal, non-physical form of workplace bullying.


    Senate Bill 698

    Name District Phone E-mail Website
    Sen. Gary A. Winfield    D-10 860-240-0475 E-mail form for Sen. Winfield Here


    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


    SB 432 was jointly introduced by Sen. Gary Winfield and Rep. Victor Cuevas.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


    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.