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Four Compliance Items Connecticut Employers Can Check Now

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

It’s a challenge for employers to keep up with changes to employment laws. What’s the current status? What do I need to change? So, here are four quick things you can look at right now to ensure that you are up to compliance in Connecticut. Connecticut increased the minimum wage effective January 1, 2017.  It’s now… Continue Reading

Mary Tyler Moore Taught Us One of the Best Employment Discrimination Lessons

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

Mary Richards’ job interview with Lou Grant is, perhaps one of the most famous job interviews ever. So says Time magazine. Before I go on, though, there are probably more than a few of you who don’t know what I’m talking about. But with the passing of Mary Tyler Moore earlier today here in Connecticut,… Continue Reading

New York (State and City) Imposes New Rules for Freelancers, State Contracts

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

My colleagues, Clarisse Thomas, Keegan Drenosky and I have been busy keeping track of the developments in New York which may impact Connecticut employers with cross-border business.  Here are two of the most recent developments. Freelance Isn’t Free The New York City Council has enacted and the Mayor has signed a new law applicable to… Continue Reading

Punitive Damages Not Available For State Employment Discrimination Claims

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Litigation

In a decision that will be officially released next week, the Connecticut Supreme Court has, at last, ruled that punitive damages are not an available remedy for state law employment discrimination claims. You may recall that I discussed the Appellate Court’s decision that had originally found the same thing back in 2015.  The case, Tomick… Continue Reading

CHRO Informational Session for Attorneys Being Held Today

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Laws and Regulations

If you don’t have plans this afternoon, I recommend joining me over at a panel discussion at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities headquarters in downtown Hartford. There, the CHRO will be holding an informational session for attorneys to discuss its practices and procedures. As described by the CHRO: The Commission on Human Rights… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Judge Orders Halt to New Overtime Rule

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

I have this running joke with my wife that anytime I’m on vacation, it seems that big employment news breaks. And this vacation is no exception. And it’s probably the biggest employment law news this year. Not the best time for me to have to write a blog post on my phone.  Ah well.  You… Continue Reading

From the Archives: The Basics of Agriculture’s Exemption to Wage/Hour Laws

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

Continuing a look back at some “basics” posts you might have missed, back in 2009, I tackled an exemption that may be overlooked when it comes to employment laws.   Connecticut has a proud history of farms. Many, like Lyman Orchards, have been passed down for many generations. (And if you’ve never visited Lyman Orchards, don’t… Continue Reading

The Best Laid Plans on Overtime, Or, When “Stuff” Happens

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

I had a lot of plans this week to do another deep dive into an employment law issue but then, well, let’s just say life happens. Among the things? Lots of questions from clients about the new overtime rules.  While everyone has had months to plan, there are definitely a few procrastinators out there. But… Continue Reading

Employers May Seek More Than Just a “Doctor’s Note” For FMLA Certification

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

Over the years, one of my favorite employment law blogs has been Jeff Nowak’s FMLA Insights.  He really takes a deep dive into the subject and I’ve had the opportunity over the years to exchange ideas with Jeff. Recently, he alerted me to a new federal court decision in Connecticut that may have a significant… Continue Reading

What a Trump Victory May Mean for Employers and Employment Law

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

There haven’t been a lot of stories about what Donald Trump would do as President when it comes to employment law issues. In part, that was due to the polls. But it was also due in part to the lack of policy details that his campaign put out on his website.  Back in September, I… Continue Reading

Overtime Rules Still On Track — Are You Ready?

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

Over the last few weeks, there’s been a lot of bluster about lawsuits filed that are challenging the new overtime rules that are set to take place in just a few weeks. And there was also news that Congress was considering a law restricting the law as well. Both seem unlikely to come to pass… Continue Reading

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

How to Avoid Discrimination in Hiring, While Complying with Export Laws

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

My colleagues, Ashley Mendoza and Alfredo Fernandez, return today for a guest post today that shows that employment law issues can sometimes present themselves in different formats.  My thanks to the both of them in presenting a fairly advanced topic in a form that will hopefully be of interest to a few of you out… 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

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

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

Travel Time: An Added Complication to New Overtime Rules

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

I’m looking forward to “seeing” lots of you at next week’s free webinar we’re having on the new overtime rules and how they impact Connecticut employers. One of the issues that we’ll touch upon is how the new rules are going to add complications for many employers — and particularly non-profits. Take, for example, an… Continue Reading

One Big Thing For Employers to Know About the New Overtime Rule

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Are you tired of lawyers commenting already on the new overtime rules? (The answer should be no, of course, since you’re reading this blog and thus have room for one more view.) But I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t seen a feeding frenzy like this on employment law in many, many years. … Continue Reading

Final Overtime Rule Released; Challenges Ahead for Connecticut Employers

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

If you like to open your presents on Christmas Eve, the U.S. Department of Labor is for you. Last night, the DOL posted the final revised rule on overtime on its website ahead of its planned announcement this afternoon. What a gift for employment lawyers!  Needless to say, I was up late unwrapping all my “gifts.”… Continue Reading

President Signs New Federal Trade Secrets Act; Added Protection for Employers

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations

Yesterday, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act — a broad federal law designed to give companies added protection.  It does not circumvent state law — indeed, where a state law is more protective of the trade secret, it still applies. Nevertheless, it provides a base level of uniformity nationwide. My colleagues, Pat Fahey… Continue Reading

Major Modifications to Immigration Programs May Cause Major Headaches

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations

Today, I’m delighted to bring you what I hope will be the first of several updates for employers from the immigration law perspective.  One of my newest colleagues, Ashley Mendoza, along with my law partner Brenda Eckert, have been tracking some of the newest rules for employers coming out of the Department of Homeland Security. … Continue Reading

EEOC Releases Guidance on Employer-Provided Leave Under ADA

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

So, back in January, I penned a post titled “Can You Fire an Employee Who Has Exhausted FMLA Leave?” As if to respond, the EEOC yesterday released guidance that basically answers: Not necessarily, because it might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.  And that is the crux of the issue for employers. Before I go… Continue Reading