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Joining Connecticut, Paid Sick Leave Now Mandated for Federal Contractors

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

As Connecticut employers of a certain size know, Connecticut implemented Paid Sick Leave recently which affords employees up to five days off a year.   Now, federal contractors (including those in Connecticut) have another layer to deal with. As my colleague Ashley Marshall explains below, paid sick leave will now be a requirement later this… Continue Reading

“Well” Look What We Have Here: EEOC Regulations on Wellness Programs (Part II)

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

Continuing his posts on wellness programs, my colleague Marc Herman fills us in on what’s the latest.   I return today with the second part of a two-part post on wellness programs. Reference to my prior post is not to be braggadocious, but to remind you that both posts ought be read in tandem.  Shameless,… Continue Reading

Well Well: Court Sides with Employer in Latest Wellness Program Battle (Part 1)

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Litigation

My colleague Marc Herman returns today to bring back the story of wellness programs and whether they will continue to pass legal muster. In the first post of a two-parter, Marc updates us on some litigation. Read on.   Here’s one for you:  Did you hear the one about the employee that turned down the opportunity… Continue Reading

Election 2016: Three Employment Law Debate Questions for Hillary Clinton

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

Yesterday, I offered up three questions for moderators to use during the Presidential Debates to question Donald Trump on employment law issues. Today is Secretary Hillary Clinton’s turn. Secretary Clinton, the National Labor Relations Board has been quite active in the Obama years; in fact, despite the failure of Congress to pass the Employee Free… Continue Reading

Election 2016: Three Employment Law Debate Questions For Donald Trump

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

Each election cycle, I hope that employment law issues will move front and center to the Presidential campaign. And each cycle, I’m slightly disappointed that such issues only get short shrift.  Sigh. But as I’ve done before, it would be nice to fantasize about employment law questions that could be posed to the candidates at the… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Getting The Most Out of Employees At Non-Profit Organizations – A “Total Rewards” Strategy

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

As I continue to reflect this week on nine years of blogging, it’s hard to recall that I started this before the Great Recession hit.  Since that time, all businesses have become more cost-conscious and creative in how they are structured and how they compensate their employees.  Non-profit organizations are no exception to that.  But how… Continue Reading

Nine Years of Blogging on Employment Law

Posted in Featured, Highlight

Hard to believe, but this week marks the ninth anniversary of the Connecticut Employment Law Blog. I’m pretty sure that’s 72 years old in “blog” years.  Or dog years. I forget which one. Coincidentally, this week I stumbled across an old information sheet I filled out for LexBlog (my blog hosting company) in the summer of 2007… Continue Reading

Maybe That Lawsuit Brought By Your Employee Isn’t So Frivolous

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

In yesterday’s post, I talked about some of the reasons why an employee’s lawsuit against his or her employer was destined for failure. But employers, I’m afraid you’re not off the hook that easily. This post is for any employer that just got sued or threatened with suit. Maybe that lawsuit isn’t so frivolous after all…. Continue Reading

Maybe That Discrimination Lawsuit Against Your Employer is Ill-Advised

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

As I approach the ninth anniversary of this blog this week (watch for that anniversary post soon), I’ve gotten a bit more reflective as well.  Some of that is personal circumstances I’ve mentioned before; perhaps some of it is age and experience. And I find myself wanting to speak directly to employees who have brought… Continue Reading

Big Settlement, Big Issues: Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Isn’t Over.

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

$20,000,000.00. That, as they say in the legal parlance, is a crooked number with a LOT of zeros behind it. And that is also the reported amount of settlement between Gretchen Carlson and Fox News over her sexual harassment lawsuit.  Plus an unprecedented apology.  And it doesn’t take into account other cases of harassment that… Continue Reading

Shoddy Harassment Investigation Can Still Lead to Liability, Court Rules

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Litigation

Welcome back from summer! Today, my colleague Gary Starr and I bring you the story of an employer that thought that it had done everything right — only to see it all go wrong.  Imagine this scenario: You, the employer, think you’ve taken all the right steps when hearing about a harassment complaint. You encourage… Continue Reading

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

Why do we celebrate Labor Day? And should it be celebrated on a Tuesday instead? It’s one of those holidays that we celebrate, but my guess is that most people have no idea on the answer.  But several (many?) years ago, I touched on this on the blog and I thought it would be fun… Continue Reading

NLRB Ruling Will Allow Graduate Student Teaching Assistants To Unionize

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

Yesterday, the NLRB released an ground-breaking decision allowing  students to organize. My colleague, Jarad Lucan, recaps the importance of this decision not only for schools like Yale University in Connecticut, but beyond. In its 2004 Brown University decision, the National Labor Relations Board held that graduate student teaching assistants were not employees because they were… Continue Reading

Your Employee, Worried About Zika, Has to Travel to Miami. Now What?

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

Your industry’s major conference is set for Miami Beach – the land of sun, beaches, and, now it seems, mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus. Your key sales employee — the one who was setting up your booth for the conference — has come to you expressing concern about the Zika virus.  Perhaps she’s pregnant. Or… Continue Reading

Firing Of Pot-Smoking State Employee Goes Up in Smoke by CT Supreme Court

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

You might think that smoking pot on the job as a state employee would be justifiable grounds to get you fired. A no-brainer, right? (Let’s save a discussion for eating brownies and swearing at your cat for another blog post.) After all, even the Connecticut Supreme Court is stating that the “statutory, regulatory and decisional… Continue Reading

Facebook’s Campus: A Workplace Reality Like Virtually No Other

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Could this place be real?  Or is it just a Disney World for work?  I mean, people don’t actually get work here, do they? Those were my initial thoughts walking through the campus of Facebook on a recent trip.  It wasn’t the first time I visited — but its a changed world from even six… Continue Reading

New Model Rules Make It Unethical to Discriminate

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Laws and Regulations

As I have for over a decade now, I attended the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting last week serving on the ABA’s House of Delegates – the organization’s main governing body.  My exact position is actually State Delegate — a position that nominally makes the lead delegate of Connecticut’s delegation, though in practice it’s much… Continue Reading

Unpaid Volunteers Are Not “Employees”, Says Court

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

The CHRO is no stranger to taking aggressive positions in the court system. So, it can really be no surprise that the agency wanted to expand who is covered by the state’s anti-discrimination laws. But the Connecticut Supreme Court, as it has done before, was having none of it.  The end result of the case… Continue Reading

Sex Harassment in the Workplace: An Uptick in Cases, Awareness or Both?

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

The last few weeks it seems that I’ve been reading about sexual harassment in the workplace issues a lot more. Here are a few examples: Gretchen Carlson sues Fox News’ Roger Ailes. Suit Says Managing Partner Pressured Female Staff for Sex Sexual Harassment Still a Reality in the Workplace Interior chief: ‘Culture’ of sexual harassment… Continue Reading

Another Day, Another Reversal by the NLRB

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

By now, it’s really not a big surprise when the NLRB reverse course on a prior decision. This week, the NLRB did it again.  My colleague, Jarad Lucan, provides this quick update on temporary/contract employees being allowed to join unions.  Read on. In 2004 the National Labor Relations Board in its Oakwood Care Center case… Continue Reading

With Your Social Media Policy, It’s “Live” and “Go” Time

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media, Wage & Hour

Recently, I had the opportunity to revisit a social media policy I had reviewed several years ago.  (Check back to this post from 2008 to see how far we’ve really come.) In doing so, I was reminded — once again — how quickly the tech world is changing and how policies need to continually adapt…. Continue Reading

New Pay Secrecy Law Finds a Place in Court With Lawsuit

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Well, it was bound to happen.  After nine years of writing the blog on a near daily schedule, some work and personal commitments interfered with my blog writing schedule. But never fear, more new posts from me are now right around the corner. In the meantime, one of our summer associates, James Joyce, joins the… Continue Reading

Settling FLSA Wage & Hour Claims? Court Approval May Be Needed

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to talk at the Connecticut Legal Conference about employment law issues. My talk focused on free speech rights in the workplace — a topic I’ve covered well in some prior posts here and here, for example. One of the other topics of our discussion was the Cheeks v. Freeport Pancake… Continue Reading

Volunteers: Can They Really Help Fix Your Issues With New Overtime Rules?

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Over the weekend, I finished planning for our webinar tomorrow on the new overtime rules.  In digging deeper into the materials produced by the Department of Labor on the final rule, I looked at the use of volunteers as a solution — particularly for non-profit organizations. For the “for-profit” world, this is probably not a realistic option…. Continue Reading