Back last fall, we anticipated that this legislative session would be a busy one and so far, the number of bills being considered by the Connecticut General Assembly for employers is substantial. One of the bills that is receiving a fair amount of attention is one limiting employer use of so-called “captive audiences.”
Senate Bills 64 and 440 are this year’s versions and would limit employers from being able to talk to their employees about political or religious views. But as a recent CTNewsJunkie.com report indicates, “Most often the meetings Senate Democrats find objectionable involve scaring employees out of organizing a union.”
Way back in 2011, a similar measure was being considered until then-Attorney General George Jepsen expressed concerns about the constitutionality of such a measure; he issued a formal opinion in April 2018 saying that such a bill would be barred by federal law.
It’s still unclear whether the new Attorney General William Tong will see things the same way as his predecessor. For employers, this will be one bill worth following as the General Assembly continues.