HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford-based Northeast Utilities is disputing allegations by Connecticut officials that it broke a requirement to notify the state of layoffs.
New England’s largest utility company issued a statement Monday saying its interpretation of the reporting requirement is different from that of state Attorney General George Jepsen and Consumer Counsel Elin Swanson Katz. NU will file a response with state regulators. Jepsen and Katz say NU broke the reporting rule and demand information about NU layoffs and staffing levels.
State officials say 319 employees have left NU since its $5 billion purchase of Boston’s NStar was completed in April. NU says when new hires are factored in, there have only been 155 job reductions
Jepsen says a settlement agreement with the state over the NStar deal requires NU to give 30 days advance notice on layoffs to the state.