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One Big Thing For Employers to Know About the New Overtime Rule

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Are you tired of lawyers commenting already on the new overtime rules? (The answer should be no, of course, since you’re reading this blog and thus have room for one more view.) But I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t seen a feeding frenzy like this on employment law in many, many years. … Continue Reading

Major Modifications to Immigration Programs May Cause Major Headaches

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations

Today, I’m delighted to bring you what I hope will be the first of several updates for employers from the immigration law perspective.  One of my newest colleagues, Ashley Mendoza, along with my law partner Brenda Eckert, have been tracking some of the newest rules for employers coming out of the Department of Homeland Security. … Continue Reading

Less May Be More When It Comes To Job References

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

My colleague Chris Engler returns today with a recap of a new case in Connecticut that is of particular interest to employers who provide (or don’t provide) employment references. We have all heard the admonition that “less is more.” In an opinion that will be released next week, the Connecticut Appellate Court reminds us just… Continue Reading

Labor Union Membership Up Big Locally and Down Nationally, Recent Statistics Show

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB

The U.S. Department of Labor has released their annual statistics on labor union membership.  Nationwide, union membership is down slightly by .2 percent. In total, about 11 percent of the workforce belongs to a union.  Compared to 2008, when I reported on these statistics, the number is down by a full percentage point. The numbers… Continue Reading

How Long Can You Enforce a Non-Compete Agreement For?

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

Back in June, I talked about the standard that courts will follow in deciding whether or not to enforce a non-compete agreement between an employer and an employee.  (Go read it here first.) But many employers want to know something more straightforward: How long can I make the restrictive covenant in my agreement; in other… Continue Reading

Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media Employment Screening

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

You just finished interviewing a great candidate for a manager-level position at your company.  She looks great on paper and interviewed well. But you’re wondering: What dark secrets about her loom on Facebook? After all, you did see that tattoo on her arm and she mentioned a fun time at Bonnaroo 2013. “Maybe there are… Continue Reading

Paper Trail: DOJ Brings Issue of Hiring Documentation to Forefront

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

Late Friday, you might have (ok, I’m sure you did) missed a press release from the United States Department of Justice announcing a settlement with a staffing agency in California. The charge? That a staffing company “discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).” Now, I’m sure you all… Continue Reading

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 & NLRB, 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 & NLRB, 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 & NLRB

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