Protect Jobs in the State by Requiring Advance Notice of Closure of Call Centers

Last updated: May 19, 2019

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: Passed
Sponsor: Representative Michelle Dunphy, House 122
Session: 129
Bill #: LD 201

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: This bill has been signed into law.

Summary:

This bill requires a person that operates a call center in the State to provide the Commissioner of Labor 120 days' notice before relocating the call center or a part of the call center. If the employer fails to notify the Commissioner of Labor of the relocation of the call center at least 120 days before the relocation, a daily fine of $10,000 may be assessed.

The bill requires the Commissioner of Labor to create a list of employers who have relocated a call center, or a facility or operating unit handling at least 30% of call volume within a call center, from the State to a foreign country. An employer appearing on the list is ineligible for a state grant, loan or tax benefit for 5 years and is required to pay back the unamortized value of a state grant, loan or tax benefit previously issued to the employer. The bill requires that call center work for executive branch agencies of the State be performed in the State.