While Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state lawmakers have claimed that Connecticut’s controversial paid sick leave bill exempted manufacturers, not so, according to the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA).

 

S.B. 913 opens up “all employers with sick leave policies — including manufacturers — to potential expensive new claims,” asserts the state’s largest business group.

 

“Any company with a sick-leave policy would face a new cause of action from employees who could allege retaliation if an employer seeks to deny or question the use of leave time.

 

“Company leave policies would essentially come under the scrutiny of the state Department of Labor (DOL) — with the realistic possibility of penalties to follow,” CBIA adds.

 

So a manufacturer who in any way restricts the use of leave time to an employee during a busy period when product must be moved out the door could subject the company to Department of Labor claims and penalties up to $500 for each violation as well as other sanctions.

 

 KILLINGLY — PepsiCo’s Frito-Lay facility in Killingly is seeing green — certification, that is. The manufacturing site is the first in Connecticut to be awarded LEED Gold existing building status from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Frito-Lay has seven LEED Gold existing buildings across the country, including its headquarters in Plano, Tex.

To earn the green seal, Frito Lay has since 1999 reduced natural gas consumption by 46 percent per pound of product, and electricity by ten percent per pound. The reductions came by installing new technologies including a co-generation system, which the company says also reduces emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide. Waste heat from potato chip production processes is used for warming the plant during the winter.

Water use in corn cooking has been reduced by nearly 15 percent since 1999 as well.

Overall recycling measures at the plant have resulted in sending less than one percent of the facility’s solid waste to landfills.

Frito-Lay has operated its 289,000-square-foot facility in Killingly for 31 years, where it produces snacks such as Lays potato chips, Fritos corn chips, Tostitos tortilla chips, and Doritos tortilla chips.