February 14, 2011

Bills Introduced to the Rhode Island House (Labor Committee), February 8-10

Carroll Andrew Morse

Significant Rewrites with Statewide Impact

H5295 From the official description: "This act would authorize the department of corrections to enter into agreements with other state and federal agencies in order to allow inmates to provide labor on conservation projects and would establish a correctional facility garden for inmates to develop gardening skills and provide fresh vegetables to inmates and state hospitals".

Targeted Changes with Statewide Impact

H5296 Adds the following to disability law: "Notwithstanding any provision of this title to the contrary, an individual working for more than one employer is eligible for benefits if disabled from one employer, provided the individual has held that employment for a period of not less than ten (10) years, even though the individual is not disabled with respect to the individual's other employment".
H5297 From the official description: "This act would extend the notification requirements regarding the dismissal, suspension or lay-off of teachers from March 1 to June 1". (And see Marc's post on Julia Steiny's article on the subject here).
H5298 Arbitrators in cases involving police officers and firefighters can bring a "bargaining agreement up to date, regardless of the amount of years in question", contingent on agreement by both parties. (I know this may seem like a silly question, but if the parties can agree to let an arbitrator bring the agreement up to date, how come they can't directly agree on new terms? What's the catch here?). Companion to S0073.