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The Employment Law Exemption for “Religious Corporations” You Never Knew About

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

Over the past month, after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, much has been made in the press about how it is unprecedented for the court to consider a company’s religious beliefs in making its decisions. The issue of taking into account a corporation’s religious belief in the workplace has been also catapulted to the center of… Continue Reading

Outdated Employment Regulations Get a Second Look in Connecticut

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Welcome to the party, Connecticut. For years, I’ve highlighted outdated employment laws and regulations in Connecticut that should be written off the books.  As I’ve noted time and again (and again), it’s very easy for laws to get put on the books. But it’s very hard for them to get taken off. Now comes word that… Continue Reading

Potty Talk: Employment Laws around the Toilet

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

Jon Hyman, who runs the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog, dropped a couple of posts last week on employee’s rights to, um, use the bathroom. He started with a post on the right to a workplace bathroom and related breaks, and followed it up on whether employees have a right to be paid during their bathroom breaks (in case… Continue Reading

A New Beginning at Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

That headline sort of says it all, doesn’t it? Yes, as of this morning, I am now a partner at Shipman & Goodwin LLP in Hartford, CT in its Labor, Employment & Benefits Practice Area. It’s big for a partner to change firms in Connecticut.  Not nearly as big as, say Nate Silver and his… Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Narrows Employer Liability in Harassment Cases

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

We’ve been waiting a while for a few U.S. Supreme Court cases to come down that have an impact on employment law.  And the court didn’t disappoint.  They are blockbuster cases when it comes to employment law. In the first of two decisions this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court released Vance v. Ball State University, a… Continue Reading

From the Archives: Offer Letters in Connecticut

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

As I take a few days off, here’s a post from WAY back in 2009 about offer letters that you may have missed. With employers doing more hiring in 2013, it takes on added relevance.   In my series of the “basics” of various employment laws (see prior installments here,here and here), this week the topic is offer… Continue Reading

Secrets of the ABA Labor and Employment Law Annual Conference

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NRLB, Litigation, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media, Wage & Hour

The American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference is going on right now in Atlanta, Georgia.  As I’ve recapped on this blog before (here, for example), there are some terrific programs and educational opportunities there.  I wasn’t able to make it down this year, but due to the wonders of technology, I’ve been… Continue Reading

The September Employment Law Blog Carnival – The Bronx Bombers Edition

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

For those who are uninitiated, each month an employment law blog hosts a “carnival” with links to various posts from other blogs with a theme typically attached.  Candidly, it’s a relic from a bygone era before social media made sharing easy.   But a carnival is a carnival (and my thanks to Eric Meyer of… Continue Reading

CHRO Proposes New Equal Employment Opportunity Plan Regulations & Hearing

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Laws and Regulations

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has released proposed new regulations that would require state agencies and the like to create an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan. These regulations would not apply to private employers so many of you can dispense with the worrying. The proposed regulations will replace the current ones. The CHRO… Continue Reading

The NLRB’s Obsession with Social Media Continues

Posted in Labor Law & NRLB, Social Media

A confession. I’m a little tired about writing about social media and labor law.  Perhaps you are a little tired about reading about it too. Unfortunately for us both, expect a lot more about it over the next years because the National Labor Relations Board has social media in its sights and its not letting… Continue Reading

What Are My Favorite “Work” Songs On My iPod? Steve Jobs Knows.

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

I’ve been meaning to write a post about work songs since I started this blog.  (In fact, back in 2008, I noted that I would write about it in an upcoming post.  Three years later…) But it never felt important enough. Too frivolous. Just a simple post about songs. I was thinking about that again… Continue Reading

Court Approves Expedited Appeal for Decision Mandating Exotic Dancers Arbitrate

Posted in Class Actions, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Last month, I discussed a very notable decision in D’Antuono v. Service Road Corp. in which the federal court — relying in part on the Supreme Court’s decision in AT&T Mobility — ordered two exotic dancers to arbitrate their employment-related claims. A few days ago, the same district court allowed the dancers to take an… Continue Reading

Can You Take a Joke? Caselaw Indicates Most People Can

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

As I’ve done for other holidays (see prior posts here and here) , I was fully prepared today to warn of the dangers for employers of April Fools Day.  Google, for example, has an announcement on a new way to communicate today. But alas, in all of Westlaw, I could only find two cases in… Continue Reading

BREAKING: U.S. Supreme Court Allows “Cat’s Paw” Theory of Liability in Discrimination Cases

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Time and again, pundits suggest that the U.S. Supreme Court now is among the most conservative in decades and, by extension, pro-business. If that’s the case, they’re going to be awfully surprised with today’s 8-0 ruling in Staub v. Proctor Hospital (download here) in which the court broadened the methods that an employee can use… Continue Reading

Time to Modernize Workplace Laws: What Aspects Can Be Updated?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Let’s go back to 1935. You remember that time, right?  Well, in 1935, Babe Ruth retired from baseball. A gallon of gas cost 10 cents. Igor Sikorsky was still working on developing the helicopter in Connecticut. And we were still 10 years away from even ideas like Dick Tracy’s Two-Way Wrist Radio. It was also… Continue Reading

Is The Incredible Hulk Covered Under the ADA?

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

December is a notoriously slow time when it comes to employment law news. Sure, there’s the NLRB’s announcement today that it is proposing a new rule that would require all employers to put up a posting about labor rights.  There’s also word that the DOL is seeking comment on issues relating to reasonable break time for… Continue Reading

CBA Sponsors Employment Law Related Programs For Public and Member Service

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

The Connecticut Bar Association continues its resurgence in providing both public service and member service with three terrific upcoming programs. Improving Employment Through Chocolate First, the CBA and its Young Lawyers Section have partnered for a charity event where you can have your chocolate and eat it too! In doing so, it will bring employment… Continue Reading

ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference Kicks Off Tomorrow; Great Materials Now Available

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

The American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section kicks off its annual conference tomorrow in Chicago and, by all accounts, it appears its going to be bigger and better than ever. Over 1300 people have registered for the conference, and the programming looks first-rate, with NLRB Chair Wilma Liebman, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and various… Continue Reading

Paid Administrative Leave is Not an “Adverse Employment Action”

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Not everything that happens in the workplace can give rise to a viable discrimination or retaliation claim.  Various courts have emphasized that there must be an "adverse employment action". Otherwise, a claim will go nowhere. But what exactly IS an adverse employment action? A new federal court case in Connecticut — in borrowing from judicial dictum… Continue Reading

What Employers Can Learn From Linda McMahon’s Booking Contract with WWE

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

With the campaign for U.S. Senate winding up in Connecticut soon, there’s been lots of chatter about Linda McMahon’s role with the WWE.  I’ll leave it for others to analyze political issues arising from her relationship with the WWE, if any, but her relationship with the company provides an interesting backdrop to talk about independent… Continue Reading

This Week in Social Media & Employment Law: Facebook Privacy Settings, Stored Communications Act, Social Media Policies

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

As social media continues to dominate the world — or at least conversations about employment law –  there are a few notable posts that are worth delving into this week that explore the topic further.  Forbes blogger Kashmir Hill (formerly of Above the Law) has a good piece on whether privacy settings matter on Facebook… Continue Reading

Employment Discrimination Complaints at CHRO Up Slightly in 2009-2010

Posted in CHRO & EEOC

The conventional wisdom in a down economy is that employment discrimination claims will skyrocket. While there have been some indications of that at a national level, the numbers in Connecticut tell a very different story. The state agency in Connecticut responsible for investigating discrimination complaints recently released its annual report (download here) for the fiscal… Continue Reading

Court Holds that Anti-Solicitation Provision of Former Employee Not Violated “Indirectly” By New Employer

Posted in Litigation

  My colleague, Jonathan Orleans, chips in this week with a guest post on a recent Connecticut case about some of the restrictions that employers try to place on departing employees: Post-employment covenants not to compete and not to solicit frequently include language that prohibits the former employee from “directly or indirectly” engaging in certain… Continue Reading

Attorney for Former DOT Commissioner: Looking Into Possibilities

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment

Yesterday, I commented on the ongoing drama between the state and the former DOT commissioner, who’s departure late last month sparked questions from reporters about the circumstances of his resignation. This morning, I spoke to Richard Hayber, the attorney for the outgoing DOT commissioner about the matter.  He provided me with a copy of a press release… Continue Reading