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Connecticut House Passes Bill Directing DECD to Develop a Plan Helping Disabled Connecticut Residents Enter the Workforce

  • Bill directing DECD to create a “workforce development pipeline program” for disabled residents unanimously passes Connecticut House of Representatives
  • Plan would be implemented by July 1 of next year
  • Proposal includes incentivizing businesses to offer training programs and modified interviews

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

The Connecticut House of Representatives has unanimously passed a bill that would establish a “workforce development pipeline program” for residents with disabilities. The measure now goes to the Connecticut Senate.

The bill directs the Department of Economic and Community Development to create the plan by Sept. 1, submit any recommendations for legislative proposals necessary to for the plan to the Joint Committee on Commerce by Dec. 1, and implement the plan by July 1, 2022.

The bill says the program should help disabled residents by incentivizing businesses to:

  • Provide training programs to disabled residents
  • Offer modified interviews
  • Reserve market-rate, full-time jobs for these disabled residents

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