Connecticut Commissioner of Labor
|Connecticut Commissioner of Labor|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$198,833,596|
|Length of term:||4 years, serves at the pleasure of the governor|
|Authority:||General Statutes of Connecticut, 31-556-1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by the governor|
|Assumed office:||October 5, 2012|
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The current commissioner is Sharon Palmer. She was named to the position by Governor Dan Malloy on August 29, 2012, following the resignation of Glenn Marshall. Although Palmer assumed control of the Connecticut Department of Labor on October 5, 2012, as of January 2013 her appointment still awaits confirmation by at least one chamber of the Connecticut General Assembly.
The office of labor commissioner is established by state law.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 31-556-1
There shall be a Labor Department. The department head shall be the Labor Commissioner...
The labor commissioner, like all state appointive officers, must be "qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office." There are no other specific requirements for the office.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-8
Each department head shall be qualified by training and experience for the duties of his office.
Labor commissioners are appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the state legislature. The commissioner serves at the governor's pleasure for four year terms beginning on the first day of March in the year of his appointment.
General Statutes of Connecticut, 4-46-6
the Governor shall, with the advice and consent of either house of the General Assembly, appoint each department head in the manner prescribed by section 4-7 and section 4-8, to serve at the pleasure of the Governor but no longer than four years from the first day of March in the year of his appointment, unless reappointed under the provisions of said sections.
There are no term limits associated with the office of labor commissioner.
As with all state appointive offices, vacancies in the office of labor commissioner are filled by the governor and approved by a majority vote in both houses of the state legislature. If a vacancy occurs while the legislature is not in session, the governor may appoint a replacement to serve until the sixth Wednesday of the next legislative session.
The labor commissioner is chief executive of the Connecticut Department of Labor, which enforces labor market regulations in the state, manages Connecticut's unemployment insurance program and arbitrates employer-employee disputes. Additionally, the department provides research and statistics regarding the state's labor market, apprenticeship training programs for citizens, and consultant services for new Connecticut businesses.
- Administrative Offices
- CTWorks Career Centers
- Field Audit Offices
- Unemployment Appeals
- Apprenticeship Training
- Business Services Consultants
- State Board of Labor Relations
- Dislocated Worker/Rapid Response Team
- Mediation & Arbitration
- Performance Measurement
- Office of Research
- Unemployment Insurance
- Unemployment Insurance Tax
- Veterans Services
- Wage and Workplace Standards
The budget for the Department of Labor in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $198,833,596.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
Their salary is determined by law.
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200 Folly Brook Boulevard
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 263-6000
- Connecticut Department of Labor, "About us," accessed November 6, 2013
- Courant Blogs, "Malloy Names Dennis Murphy Acting Commissioner Of Labor Department," July 3, 2012
- CT News Junkie, "Lawmakers Give Thumbs Up To Labor Commissioner, Child Advocate," January 22, 2013
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "31-556-1," accessed August 3, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-8," accessed August 3, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-6," accessed July 27, 2011
- General Statutes of Connecticut, "4-46-7," accessed July 27, 2011
- Connecticut Department of Labor, "Directions and Office Information," accessed August 3, 2011
- Connecticut Office of Policy and Management Budget Documents, "20132-2013 Biennium Governor's Budget," accessed May 28, 2013
- The Council of State Governments, "Book of the States 2013, Table 4.11," accessed February 2, 2014