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Legislative Update: Pregnancy Discrimination Protections Under State Law Changing?

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

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Connecticut House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that would greatly expand the already broad anti-discrimination provision that exist under Connecticut law.  The bill, House Bill 6668, would make several substantive changes to the protections including defining what is a “reasonable accommodation” instead of leaving that determination open. I’ve previously… Continue Reading

Pay Equity Bill Passes House; Awaits Senate Vote

Posted in Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Yesterday, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would promote pay equity among men and women. However, the bill lacks a key provision that would have barred prospective employers from inquiring into an applicant’s salary history. The CT Mirror and Hartford Business Journal do a good job reporting on the developments. The… Continue Reading

The Dialogue: What Legislation We’re Keeping Our Eyes On

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

If at first you succeed, try it again.  Well, that may not be how the saying goes, but the first back-and-forth post between me and Nina Pirrotti, an employee-side attorney, was so well received that we’re back for another conversation.  Today’s topic: What legislation are we both keeping our eyes out for at the 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

Connecticut Legislative Session Preview: Is a New State Overtime Rule In Play?

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The Connecticut General Assembly is back in session and with significant budget deficits looming, it’s not going to be an easy year for legislators. From a labor and employment law session, once again it will be interesting to see what will be seriously considered. A Bloomberg Law article late last week suggested that Democrats in… Continue Reading

Looking Back and Ahead to Employment Law in 2017

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

For many years, I’ve used my first post each year to look back and ahead at the area of employment law.  My record of predictions has been about what you would expect someone predicting the future — about average. Last year at this time, I said a few things though that seem to resonate with… Continue Reading

General Assembly Committee Releases Report Critical of CHRO Complaint Processing

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

Last week, the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee released a 129-page report on the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, with a focus on Discrimination Complaint Processing.  You can download it here. The report is worth a deep dive at another time, and a final report from the Committee is due in January 2017…. 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

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

Legislative Update: New Non-Compete Restrictions for Physicians

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

Continuing my review of new employment-related bills is a measure that limits the use of non-compete agreements for doctors. Anyone who tracks bills knows that the name on the bill sometimes doesn’t match the content. Senate Bill 351 entitled “AN ACT CONCERNING MATTERS AFFECTING PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS” is a good case in point. Seems innocuous… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: CTFMLA Expands to Cover Military Qualifying Exigencies

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

UPDATED Continuing to recap various employment law bills out of the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislature passed a measure Wednesday night that brings Connecticut’s FMLA law more in line with the federal counterpart. The federal FMLA was amended back in 2008 (prior post on the subject here) to provide coverage for any “qualifying exigency” arising out… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Bi-weekly Payroll Periods (Without CTDOL Approval) are Here!

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

It’s been a long-time coming but the General Assembly finally approved of a measure that would allow employers to pay employees on a bi-weekly basis without receiving prior CTDOL approval. The provision, part of a set of “technical” revisions to various Department of Labor matters, is long overdue. Several employers had moved to a bi-weekly… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Modified “Ban the Box” Bill Approved in Connecticut

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

Remember “Ban the Box” and the fair chance employment bill from earlier in the session? Well, it passed last night. Sort of. An amendment to the original bill essentially wiped the prior version clean.  Thus, whatever you think you knew about the measure you can put that aside. What passed last night (House Bill 5237)… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Payroll Cards Finally Approved in Connecticut

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

Payroll cards are finally here. The General Assembly finished their regular session last night with several employment law bills getting passed, including some that have been kicking around for years. One of them is Senate Bill 211, which authorizes employers to use payroll cards — instead of checks or direct deposit — to pay their employees…. Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Employee Training Required for Hotels, Inns on Human Trafficking

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

Over the next week or so, I’ll be providing updates on various bills to pass (or fail) at the state general assembly.  They’re coming in fast and furious so patience is the order of the day. But as we review various bills, there are employment-related aspects in places that you might not think. The first… Continue Reading

Thoughts on Connecticut’s Congressional Delegation, Despite Inaction by Congress

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

Last week, as part of my work with the American Bar Association, I had the opportunity to meet with all of Connecticut’s Representatives and Senators in Washington, D.C.  Most were available in person, while I met with senior staff in a few offices. It was a truly rewarding experience. We talked about helping to ensure… Continue Reading

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly in 2016 (Part II)

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

So last week I provided a recap of a few of the labor & employment law bills still being kicked around the legislature.  From talking with a few folks in on the process, here are some other bills to keep an eye on (whether in this original form or as an amendment to an existing… Continue Reading

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly in 2016 (Part I)

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The 2016 Connecticut General Assembly is about one month from ending its term so it’s a good opportunity to see what bills are still floating out there. I’ll do a bigger recap when we get close to the end of the session but if you have any interest in the bills (and, if you’re an… Continue Reading

Keep Calm & Carry On: New Federal White-Collar Overtime Rules Still Not Released

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

Over the last few days, Twitter has been a-twittering with buzz that the Department of Labor has sent the final overtime rules to the OMB. This is the equivalent of one department sending another one an e-mail with the new rules. Why? Because it’s just the next step in getting the rules approved.  But nothing… Continue Reading

“Ban the Box” Bill Would Also Protect Felons From Discrimination

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

As the General Assembly session heats up, several legislators are calling for passage of the so-called “Ban the Box” legislation. Versions of this have been floated for years, but one legislator called this year’s bill the “most important bill” to come out of the legislature this year. So, that means that employers ought to keep… Continue Reading

Changes at the CHRO and Connecticut DOL

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

The state agencies that employers have to deal with the most on employment law issues made two announcements this week regarding their leadership ranks. The Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities has announced that Michele Mount has been named the Chief Human Rights Referee. Ms. Mount has been a Human Rights referee for the CHRO… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner to Retire At End of Year

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Sharon Palmer, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor, will retire at the end of this year, news that was first reported by the CT Mirror website. According to CT Mirror: In an interview, she described her decision to retire as driven by age and circumstance, not politics or a consequence of overseeing the… Continue Reading

The CHRO Complaint Process Needs A Reboot

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

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of complaints about the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities from both attorneys and clients. And I’ve come to one conclusion: The CHRO Complaint Procedure needs a reboot. Now, before you dismiss this as a critical column – let’s be clear. I like many reboots.  Sure, the Superman… Continue Reading