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A New “CAR” And Other Proposed Changes to CHRO – Can They Get It Right?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Legislative Developments

Last year, the General Assembly considered changes to the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. That bill did not receive a final vote. This year, it’s back but recently died in the Judiciary Committee, according to the CBIA.  Will it get attached to another bill? Will it be tweaked further this fall in preparation for next year’s… Continue Reading

The New New Minimum Wage in Connecticut

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

In short order, Connecticut has just jumped to the front of the line when it comes to increasing the minimum wage. On Wednesday, March 26th, the General Assembly passed an increase to the minimum wage in Connecticut. This will amend the previous increases that had been negotiated last year and raises the minimum wage past… Continue Reading

Obama Proposes Changes to White Collar Overtime Exemptions

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

The New York Times reported this morning that President Obama will ask the United States Department of Labor to revamp its regulations on the so-called “white collar” exemptions to the federal overtime laws. Specifically, he will direct the DOL “to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom… Continue Reading

What Happens At Home When Your Employee Takes FMLA Leave in Vegas?

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

Are you willing to bet that your FMLA practices are in compliance with the law? One company recently found out that not all trips to Las Vegas are created equal.  My colleague, Peter Murphy, has this post today that reminds employers that FMLA leave can come in all shapes and sizes. Although the case arises… Continue Reading

An Early Look at the Legislative Session: “Low Wage Employers”, Unemployment Discrimination

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

The snow may have stalled work in the state for a few days, but the Connecticut General Assembly is now in full swing with bills now being discussed and debated. So far, the list of bills filed before the Labor & Public Employee Committee is small but that is expected to grow soon with bills on… Continue Reading

ABA Adopts Principles of Model Business Policies on Labor Trafficking & Child Labor

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

As I’ve highlighted before, I’m fortunate to serve as a delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates, which meets twice a year. I was less fortunate that the Midyear Meeting this year was in Chicago, which was even colder and snowier than Connecticut. At Monday’s House meeting, there were several resolutions passed. The… Continue Reading

Legislative Preview: New Life for Noncompete Bill or Is Judicial Reform Better?

Posted in Legislative Developments

One of the bills that passed the Connecticut General Assembly last year was a bill that would have limited the scope and use of noncompete agreements. But as I noted in a post last summer, Governor Malloy vetoed that piece of legislation. In his veto message, however, he signaled a willingness to agree to some… Continue Reading

Legislative Preview: Will the CHRO Bill Get Passed This Year?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Legislative Developments

The short session of the Connecticut General Assembly is set to begin on February 5, 2014. But the jockeying for items to get on the agenda is well under way. The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is circulating a proposed bill that would followup on a failed bill from last year’s term. I previously… Continue Reading

Upcoming Presentations on Investigations and Notable Court Decisions Impacting Human Resources

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

With all the weather changes in Connecticut over the last few days, I’m reminded of Mark Twain’s quote: “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.”But life still goes on in New England and I’ve got two upcoming presentations to mention. This Wednesday, I have the privilege of speaking to… Continue Reading

Employment Lawyer Predicts the Future. What Happens Next Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Social Media

If you spend anytime on the Internet, you’ve come across headlines like this one. (Yes, it’s a little bait-and-switch, but you were expecting that, weren’t you?). Indeed, sites like Upworthy have become big business in the last year all due to headlines that you can’t resist. Well, that and Grumpy Cats. (For an excellent recap… Continue Reading

Would You Exchange Your Tall Latte For Leave Insurance Program?

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

Today, Connecticut Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro introduced The Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act — legislation that would establish a national paid family and medical leave insurance program. According to a press release, for the price of “one tall latte a week”…”The FAMILY Act would create an independent trust fund within the Social Security Administration… Continue Reading

Connecticut’s Gender Wage Gap: Report Paints a Complicated Picture

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The Gender Wage Gap Task Force in Connecticut issued its report last month with both findings and recommendations on a continued disparities between what men and women, on average, earn. In doing so, it recognized that there are multiple factors that are responsible for the gap in its view.  It paints a far more complicated picture… Continue Reading

ENDA Clears Senate Hurdle but House Prospects Look Grim

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

A federal bill banning workplace discrimination (known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “ENDA) on the basis of sexual orientation cleared a key procedural hurdle last night as the Senate voted to begin debate on the measure, 61-30.   Passage by the Senate is now expected later this week.   (You can find my prior coverage of ENDA beginning here.)… Continue Reading

Locked Out: What the Shutdown Means for Connecticut Employers

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

And I’ve been locked out And I know we’re through But I can’t begin to face up to the truth….. – Crowded House, “Locked Out” (1993) So, here we are.  The (partial) government shutdown began early this morning. And suddenly, we’re locked out of national parks and many government services. But how does this impact… Continue Reading

Big Changes Are Here for Personnel Files – Are You Ready?

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

On October 1, the rollout of major changes to the state’s Personnel Files Act becomes official. If I had to hazard a guess, however, I’d say that many small to mid-size companies remain unprepared for the breadth and scope of the changes.  If you haven’t focused on it yet, you’ve got a weekend to catch… Continue Reading

You Might Have To Pay More Than Minimum Wage To Your Employees

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

So, your employees are all paid at least minimum wage and overtime. You’re good, right? Not necessarily, as a recent column in the Connecticut Law Tribune points out.  You might need to pay a “prevailing” wage — if you have a contract with the State of Connecticut. Indeed, as many companies who do business with… Continue Reading

Summer Cleanup: Get Your Personnel Files Policies and Procedures Set

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

As you’ve no doubt noticed, I’ve taken a few days off from the blog to attend to the logistics that a new job entails and also attend the ABA Annual Meeting earlier this week.  There have been some interesting developments in both the FLSA and FMLA the last few days so look for posts on… Continue Reading

Bill Voiding Noncompete Agreements in Event of Merger Vetoed By Governor

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

Last month, the General Assembly passed a bill in the closing hours of the legislative session that would have voided certain non-compete agreements in the event that a business was merged or acquired.  It was a watered-down version of a bill that had been weaving its way through the legislature that would have placed limits… Continue Reading

As the Dust Settles: Watered-Down Non-Compete Bill Passes; Social Media Password Bill Fails

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

The dust is still settling from the mad dash that is the end of the Connecticut General Assembly session.  I’ll have more in the upcoming days as events warrant, but here’s a quick look at a few items that I’ve been tracking in recent weeks.  A bill (HB 6658) restricting the use of non-compete agreements passed… Continue Reading

General Assembly Passes Major Revisions to Personnel Files Act Law

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

On Saturday, the Connecticut General Assembly gave final approval of several revisions to the state’s Personnel Files Act law.  Governor Malloy is expected to approve of the measure. Senate Bill 910 can be viewed here.  The Office of Legislative Research’s analysis of the bill can be found here. Here are the key changes: Under the bill,… Continue Reading

BREAKING: CHRO Bill Revised Once More; Compromise Reached and Passage Now Expected

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments

A new revised bill (in the form of an amendment) to amend the state discrimination statutes and amend the CHRO procedures has been posted on the Connecticut General Assembly’s site this afternoon.  The amendment (8532) can be found in the information for S.B. 1164 A review of the language shows a few changes, including the… Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know About the Minimum Wage Hike in Connecticut

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Last night, the House of Representatives, following the lead of the Senate, approved of a measure that will increase the minimum wage paid in Connecticut to $9 per hour. The Governor has said he will sign the bill.  The law becomes effective on July 1, 2013, technically, but the changes will not occur until 2014.   … Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage and Updated CHRO Bill

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Two quick updates to items I’ve covered before. Yesterday, the state Senate approved of an increase to minimum wage by 75 cents, over two years.  The bill would raise the minimum wage to $8.70 on January 1, 2014 and $9.00 an hour the following year. The Governor has pledged to sign the bill but it… Continue Reading

Paid Sick Leave (PSL) “Fixes” Pass State Senate; Final Approval Expected

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Shortly after passage of the Paid Sick Leave law a few years ago, it became apparent that there were several quirks in the law that would make enforcement and compliance challenging in some places. I highlighted a few issues in a post back then. Well, the General Assembly has been working on a bill to… Continue Reading