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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

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

When Do Volunteers Become “Employees” Under Anti-Discrimination Laws?

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

Having this blog for nearly eight years, it’s fair to say that I’ve covered quite a few topics. But every once in a while, a never-before-discussed issue makes it way to the forefront. Today is one of those days. My colleague, Gary Starr, has a post today about a recent Connecticut Appellate Court decision (CHRO v…. Continue Reading

“Wilful” Misconduct and Unemployment Compensation: What Is It? (Part 1)

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations

My colleague, Chris Engler, is back today with post getting into the ins and outs of the willful misconduct standard at the Connecticut Department of Labor. Last week, we had a senior CTDOL official speak to our Labor & Employment seminar about this and other pressing topics of interest to employers.  The bottom line: When… Continue Reading

Telling Employee He Is “Eligible” For Bonus Not Enough to Create Contractual Obligation

Posted in Highlight, Litigation

Back from a long holiday weekend, my colleague Chris Parkin this morning takes a look at a new Connecticut Appellate Court case about employee compensation.   A new case that will be officially released tomorrow reminds employers to take care with their words and promises when it comes to employee compensation. The facts of the case… Continue Reading

Court: Contract That Allows Employer to Raise Employee’s Salary Also Means No Decreases

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

So, remember back in February where I noted that employers ought to “consider having an attorney review some of your [employment] agreements … [because sometimes,] poor drafting can sometimes be avoided by having an attorney involved”? We have another appellate court case that emphasizes that point quiet well in Stratford v. Winterbottom. The case involves a town… Continue Reading

Drink and Drive. Get Fired. Collect Unemployment Benefits? Yep, Says Court.

Posted in Litigation, Wage & Hour

One day, your human resources manager comes to you.  She tells you that an employee lost his commercial driver’s license because he was caught — off the job — driving drunk. The driver’s license is a requirement for the employee’s job.  Can you fire the employee? Under virtually all circumstances, sure. But then the employee… Continue Reading

Workers Compensation Remains the Exclusive Alternative to Employee Lawsuits

Posted in Litigation

While the blog takes a few days off, my colleague Mick Lavelle has this update on a notable Connecticut case.    Accidents and injuries are unfortunately a fact of life in the workplace, especially on industrial or construction sites.  But there are rarely any personal injury lawsuits by employees against their employers.  That is because long ago, workers… Continue Reading

Changes to Personnel Files Act…And Much Much More (Including Big Expansion of State’s Wage Discrimination Laws)

Posted in Legislative Developments

If you should never judge a book by its cover, you can never judge a legislative bill from its title. After all, you would think that a bill about "Penalties for Violations of Certain Personnel Files Statutes" (H.B. 6185) would actually be a bill about those violations. While that may have been in the original… Continue Reading

Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 Passes Senate, 61-36; President Will Sign

Posted in Legislative Developments

Earlier this evening, the U.S. Senate — after hours of debate on various amendments this afternoon — passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 by a vote of 61-36.  Both Connecticut senators, Dodd and Lieberman, voted in favor of the measure.  You can read the full text of the bill here.  President Obama… Continue Reading