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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

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

An Explainer Video on OWBPA-Compliant Separation Agreements

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

As I keep trying new things for the blog, today I introduce an “explainer” video.  You’ve seen them before; it’s a short movie explaining a subject. Today’s topic is one I’ve touched on from time to time — separation agreements that comply with the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act. Let me know what you think… Continue Reading

Data Privacy Continues to be a Hot Topic in HR

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Corporate Compliance Forum for the Connecticut Community Providers Association. My thanks to Gayle Wintjen, General Counsel of Oak Hill, for the invitation to speak. The topic was a familiar one to this blog — Data Privacy.  In the session, we tackled the new Connecticut law… Continue Reading

EEOC Issues Long-Awaited Wellness Program Rules

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Laws and Regulations

Late last week, the EEOC released the proposed rules on wellness programs for employers.  These long-awaited proposed rules will likely be adopted in full by this summer, after the public has 60 days to submit comments. I talked about this in a post last fall and even in a post back in 2011.  But now, we… Continue Reading

56 Million Reasons Why Your HR Department Needs Better Data Security

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

Okay, okay.  I realize the headline is a bit misleading.  But it isn’t every day that you hear about a data breach at Home Depot in which 56 MILLION credit cards may have been hacked. To put that into perspective, that’s 16 million MORE than the infamous Target breach! But this is an employment law… Continue Reading

Three Things Employers Can Do Right Now to Ensure Employment Law Compliance

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

While the temperature hasn’t felt like summer in Connecticut the last few days, judging by the traffic this morning, there are lots of you on vacation this week. If you’re one of the (un)lucky ones working this week, perhaps you have a few extra minutes to tackle some projects that have been on the back burner. In… Continue Reading

“Wage Theft”: The Trendy Phrase That May Not Mean What You Think It Means

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

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing more tweets from human resources types and mainstream reporters using the phrase “wage theft”.  Two recent examples? William Tincup (who runs the popular online DriveThruHR show that I appeared on a while ago) recently tweeted: RT Wage Theft Another Assault on Workers’ Compensation http://t.co/iXmbHnASUL @jongelman — William Tincup,… Continue Reading

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – August 27th

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

I’ve long since preached about the need for ongoing sexual harassment prevention training. My new firm, Shipman & Goodwin LLP has a series of trainings scheduled that should hopefully fit your schedule if you or your employees have a need for such training. The next one is scheduled for August 27th in Hartford from 7:45-10a. … Continue Reading

So Much for the Mandatory NLRB Posters? Not Quite

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB

Update: On April 17, 2012, the NLRB announced an indefinite postponement of the rule. See updated post here.  Just when you thought things were settled, a federal court in South Carolina late Friday ruled that the NLRB overstepped its authority when it set forth rules requiring employers to post notices about federal labor laws.   Which is great… Continue Reading

The Paid Sick Leave Issue That May End Up In Court

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

Yesterday, I discussed the carryover rule that requires employers to allow service workers to carry over up to five days of paid sick leave each year. But a loyal blog reader posed the following question to me: Suppose you are an employer that voluntarily offers 12 paid time off (PTO) days at the start of… Continue Reading

A Minute to Lose It: Why Every Health Care Professional Needs to Have a Social Media Policy. Now.

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

Heard of the popular show, "A Minute to Win It"? Well to borrow from the title, for health care professionals (doctors offices and hospitals in particular), you’re playing a much more dangerous game "a Minute to Lose It". What is "it"? It is patient data.  And right now it continues to be at risk every… Continue Reading

As Race Is On Between Virus and Vaccine, EEOC Has Helpful ADA-Compliant Tips for Employers

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

The next month or two will certainly be interesting around the workplace.  The H1N1 Virus continues to spread around the country, a new vaccine is ready to be rolled out that experts hope will stave off further infections.  And employers are, in some cases, holding their collective breath that the vaccine wins out so as… Continue Reading

Gross Misconduct under COBRA – Strategies for Compliance

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

One of the great mysteries in the employment law arena is what is "gross misconduct" under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA).  A provocative article published in the latest "The Labor Lawyer" (a publication of the American Bar Association)  answers that question by providing a fairly thorough summary of how courts have analyzed this… Continue Reading

Cloud Computing and Employment Law: The Uncharted Sky

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Two articles that I’ve come across over the last week have sparked my interest in the question of what impact cloud computing has on employment law. Realizing that there are several of you who may think "cloud computing" is simply using your laptop on your next airline flight, let’s start with a discussion of cloud… Continue Reading

New Year Brings Lots of Compliance Issues for HR Professionals

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

I don’t think it’s going out on a limb to suggest that 2009 brings about some of the broadest changes to employment laws in the United States this decade.  Some changes are already known, while others are forecasted to occur.   Michael Moore, over at the Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Blog, has an excellent post… Continue Reading

Update: Connecticut Attorney General Sues Company Over Workplace Poster Solicitation

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

The Connecticut Attorney General’s Office quietly filed suit this week in Connecticut State Court(download here) against American Future Systems, which does business under the name of Progressive Business Publications (and also Progressive Business Compliance).   You won’t find a press release about it on Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s website.  Back in March, I had reported… Continue Reading

Ensuring Compliance with Federal and State Laws Across the Board

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

Yesterday, I noted that Norwalk Community College had been sanctioned over the summer  in a federal district court case for its apparent failure to preserve electronic data.  I’ve always believed that these types of compliance issues — if they exist — do not exist in a vacuum. Indeed, companies that have trouble keeping track of… Continue Reading