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Revision as of 15:58, 28 June 2013

Connecticut Commissioner of Labor
General information
Office Type:  Nonpartisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-2013 FY Budget:  $198,833,596
Term limits:  None
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
Current Officeholder

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Name:  Sharon Palmer
Assumed office:  October 5, 2012
Compensation:  $130,000
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The Connecticut Commissioner of Labor is a state executive position in the Connecticut state government. The Commissioner heads the Connecticut Department of Labor, which enforces state labor laws and regulations, mediates labor disputes and produces research and analysis of the state's labor market.

Current officeholder

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[1], as of January 2013 her appointment still awaits confirmation by at least one chamber of the Connecticut General Assembly.[2]


The office of labor commissioner is established by state law.[3]

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.[4]

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.[5]

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.

Term limits

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.[6]


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.[7]


  • 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
  • Welfare-to-Work[7]

State budget

The budget for the Department of Labor in the 2012-2013 Fiscal Year was $198,833,596.[8]


See also: Compensation of state executive officers

In 2012, the Connecticut Commissioner of Labor was paid an estimated $130,000. This figure comes from the Council of State Governments.

Their salary is determined by law.

Historical officeholders

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Contact info

200 Folly Brook Boulevard
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: (860) 263-6000

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