STAND. COM. REP. NO. 608

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

 

RE: S.B. No. 1780

S.D. 1

 

 

 

Honorable Colleen Hanabusa

President of the Senate

Twenty-Fourth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2007

State of Hawaii

 

Madam:

 

Your Committee on Human Services and Public Housing, to which was referred S.B. No. 1780 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO EMPLOYMENT,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to exempt recipients of social service payments from the scope of employment related laws.

 

Catholic Charities Hawaii, Supporting Exceptional Citizens of Hawaii, the United Filipino Council of Hawaii, and two individuals submitted testimony in support of this measure. The State Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Hawaii Disability Rights Center, Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii, and two individuals submitted testimony in opposition to this measure. The Attorney General, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, the Department of Human Services, and Easter Seals Hawaii submitted comments.

 

Your Committee finds that chapters 386, 392, and 393, Hawaii Revised Statutes, currently provide an exemption from the definition of "employer" under those chapters for domestic services, which includes certain attendant care and day care services performed by an individual in the employ of a recipient of social service payments. It appears that the lack of a definition of the term "recipient of social service payments" has caused confusion and disparity in the application of these chapters.

 

It is your Committee's intent to try to accurately define the term "recipient of social service payments". Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Defining the term "recipient of social service payments" to include:

 

(A) A person who is an eligible recipient of social services such as attendant care and day care services;

 

(B) A corporation or private agency that contracts directly with the Department of Human Services to provide attendant care and day care authorized under the Social Security Act, as amended; and

 

(C) An independently licensed or certified adult foster home or care home provider who provides attendant care and day care authorized under the Social Security Act, as amended, to an eligible recipient of social services in the provider's place of residence;

 

(2) Adding a severability clause, in consideration of concerns that were raised regarding possible conflicts with federal law; and

 

(3) Making technical, nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

Your Committee notes that several testifiers raised concerns that this measure could violate federal law as it pertains to the amendments to the Hawaii Employment Security Law and the Prepaid Health Care Act.

 

Your Committee also notes that the inclusion of corporations or private agencies that contract directly with the Department of Human Services to provide attendant care and day care may have the unintended consequence of causing certain corporations or private agencies to stop providing benefits to some of their employees that they presently provide under chapters 386, 392, and 393, Hawaii Revised Statutes. Therefore, your Committee urges the Committee on Judiciary to examine how that paragraph of the definition can be modified to address this concern.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Human Services and Public Housing that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 1780, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 1780, S.D. 1, and be referred to the Committee on Judiciary and Labor.

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Human Services and Public Housing,

 

 

 

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SUZANNE CHUN OAKLAND, Chair