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Joining Connecticut, Paid Sick Leave Now Mandated for Federal Contractors

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

As Connecticut employers of a certain size know, Connecticut implemented Paid Sick Leave recently which affords employees up to five days off a year.   Now, federal contractors (including those in Connecticut) have another layer to deal with. As my colleague Ashley Marshall explains below, paid sick leave will now be a requirement later this… Continue Reading

Free Webinar: Important CT Employer Update on New Federal Overtime Rule

Posted in Highlight

With the new federal overtime rules going into effect later this year, I thought it would be useful to talk about in a free webinar. And apparently, many of you think it would be useful too because in the 48 hours that we’ve opened up the signups to our webinar, we already have a record-breaking… 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

CEOs Beware: You’re Now in the Crosshairs of a Wage and Hour Complaint Under FLSA

Posted in Class Actions, Highlight, Litigation, Wage & Hour

As we wrap up summer and start returning from vacations, there are several important Second Circuit FLSA decisions decided over the last few weeks that employers need to be aware of.  I’ll cover them in posts over the next few days. Earlier this summer, the Second Circuit (which is the appeals court for the federal… Continue Reading

Medical Marijuana Bill Includes Restrictions For Employers

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

The General Assembly over the weekend passed a comprehensive bill that permits individuals to use marijuana for palliative purposes.  The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor this month. Besides just permitting individuals to use marijuana, it has several important provisions that will impact employers in Connecticut.  Unfortunately, as the history of medical marijuana… Continue Reading

Judge Peter Dorsey, Federal Judge, Dies at 80

Posted in Litigation

The bench lost another notable judge this past week. Judge Peter Dorsey — who was the former chief judge of the District of Connecticut and who continued to serve despite taking “senior” status — died Friday at the age of 80. I last appeared before Judge Dorsey very late last year. He had a wonderful… Continue Reading

What Does it Take to Survive a Motion to Dismiss? Facts, Not Conclusions

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

Back in February, I noted that a motion to dismiss in federal court — while still difficult to achieve — still had a pulse.  That’s important for employers because it provides a mechanism for getting rid of frivolous claims early on with lower costs than federal lawsuits typically cost. A new district court case gives… Continue Reading

Impairments That Merely Affect Major Life Activities Not Covered by ADA, Says Federal Court

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

 Today, my colleague Jonathan Orleans makes a return engagement to the blog, updating us on a decision released by the District Court of Connecticut yesterday that has relevance to various ADA cases in the state.  The Defendant was successfully represented by another colleague of mine here at the firm, Marcy Stovall.   A decision issued yesterday… Continue Reading

Columbus Day is Coming. And Most Employers are Open.

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Over the last few years, I’ve been running a popular post about Columbus Day and the origins of the work holiday in Connecticut.  Indeed, it has its foundation as a federal holiday and is listed in the United States Code (5 U.S.C. Sec. 6103). Columbus Day is officially on October 12th (celebrating Columbus arrival on… Continue Reading

US Department of Labor Clarifies Definition of “Son or Daughter” Under FMLA, Affording Rights to Gay Parents

Posted in Laws and Regulations

The United States Department of Labor late today issued a new interpretation of what a "son or daughter" is under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to make it clear that an "employee who assumes the role of caring for a child receives parental rights to family leave regardless of the legal or… Continue Reading

From the Archives: Why Some People are Working (Or Have the Day Off) on Columbus Day

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Today is officially Columbus Day.  In prior years, I have written a post on the day and why most people are working today. Given the relevance of the post again this year, I reprint it below (with some slight updates). Columbus Day is officially on October 12th (celebrating Columbus arrival on October 12, 1492), but… Continue Reading

From the Archives: Are You Working on Columbus Day

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

Sunday is officially Columbus Day. But across the country and in Connecticut, the second Monday in October is the day we celebrate the holiday. Last year, I wrote a post on the day and why most people are working on that date. Given the relevance of the post again this year, I reprint it below… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Wage/Hour Regulations

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Buried deep, deep, deep in Monday’s Federal Register was a quiet announcement that the U.S. Department of Labor was proposing some new wage/hour regulations interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (download here).  In the "summary" section, the DOL states that the new regulations are needed because the regulations, in some cases, are out… Continue Reading

Federal Minimum Wage Increase Today Has No Impact on Connecticut Workers

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

You may hear about an increase in the federal minimum wage today from $5.85 to $6.55 per hour.   If you do, you can ignore the news in Connecticut because it will not have any effect on workers here. If a state law puts the minimum wage rate higher than the federal minimum wage, state law applies. … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Oral Argument on Two Retaliation Cases

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

As with other U.S. Supreme Court cases this term, there’s been more virtual ink spilled this week over two oral arguments scheduled for the U.S. Supreme Court this week that will examine some of the parameters of  when it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining about discrimination.  For most employers, however, these cases may… Continue Reading