Governor’s Order Ends Use of Terms ‘Essential’ or ‘Nonessential’ State Employees


Connecticut state employees will no longer be referred to as “essential” or “nonessential.”

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed an executive order Wednesday that he said changes the terminology used to distinguish the designation levels of executive branch state employees during weather-related events and other emergency situations.

When making decisions on whether executive branch employees should report to work during severe weather or emergency situations, employees have been referred to as “essential” or “nonessential” and that was based on their duties when it comes to addressing the needs of Connecticut’s residents in the face of urgent situations that can have an adverse effect on health and safety, according to the governor.

From now on, employees who previously were designated as “essential” will be referred to as “Level 1 employees” and those who had been designated as “nonessential” will be referred to as “Level 2 employees.”

"Quite frankly, those designations were unfair and were demeaning to Level 2 employees," Malloy said. "It is our continued belief that our state employees should be valued and treated equally and that this change in terminology better reflects the nature of our government operations and our many hard-working state employees," Malloy said during a news conference Wednesday. 

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