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An Early Look at the Legislative Session: “Low Wage Employers”, Unemployment Discrimination

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

The snow may have stalled work in the state for a few days, but the Connecticut General Assembly is now in full swing with bills now being discussed and debated. So far, the list of bills filed before the Labor & Public Employee Committee is small but that is expected to grow soon with bills on… Continue Reading

Legislative Preview: New Life for Noncompete Bill or Is Judicial Reform Better?

Posted in Legislative Developments

One of the bills that passed the Connecticut General Assembly last year was a bill that would have limited the scope and use of noncompete agreements. But as I noted in a post last summer, Governor Malloy vetoed that piece of legislation. In his veto message, however, he signaled a willingness to agree to some… Continue Reading

Legislative Preview: Will the CHRO Bill Get Passed This Year?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Legislative Developments

The short session of the Connecticut General Assembly is set to begin on February 5, 2014. But the jockeying for items to get on the agenda is well under way. The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is circulating a proposed bill that would followup on a failed bill from last year’s term. I previously… Continue Reading

As the Dust Settles: Watered-Down Non-Compete Bill Passes; Social Media Password Bill Fails

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

The dust is still settling from the mad dash that is the end of the Connecticut General Assembly session.  I’ll have more in the upcoming days as events warrant, but here’s a quick look at a few items that I’ve been tracking in recent weeks.  A bill (HB 6658) restricting the use of non-compete agreements passed… Continue Reading

Paid Sick Leave (PSL) “Fixes” Pass State Senate; Final Approval Expected

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

Shortly after passage of the Paid Sick Leave law a few years ago, it became apparent that there were several quirks in the law that would make enforcement and compliance challenging in some places. I highlighted a few issues in a post back then. Well, the General Assembly has been working on a bill to… Continue Reading

Bill Targets Non-Compete Agreements But Would Also Create New Cause of Action

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

The busy season for the Connecticut General Assembly is continuing with the final push for bills now underway. Another bill that has been sneaking below the radar is House Bill 6658.  The bill, entitled “Employer Use of Noncompete Agreements”, has passed the Judiciary Committee, again without being referred to the Labor & Public Employee committee.  It… Continue Reading

What’s New at the General Assembly? Anti-Employer Bills, Says CBIA

Posted in Legislative Developments

There’s been little press over what is going on at the Connecticut General Assembly this spring.  With no big employment law issue (other than minimum wage) dominating the headlines like Paid Sick Leave in the past, you might think that there isn’t much happening. But as the Connecticut Business and Industry Association highlighted in a… Continue Reading

Facebook Password “Privacy” Bill Is An Answer In Search of a Problem

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Social Media

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor & Public Employee Committee today is considering drafting a proposed bill “to prevent current or potential employers from requesting or requiring that employees or potential employees provide passwords to their personal accounts as a condition of their employment.” I won’t mince words. Proposed Senate Bill 159 is a bad idea.  It’s a solution in search of… Continue Reading

2013 Legislative Session: Minimum Wage, Captive Audience and an Employer’s Bill of Rights

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The Connecticut General Assembly is back at work so it’s time to take a quick peek to see what’s percolating. The Connecticut Business and Industry Association highlighted the “captive audience” bill as bill that is resurfacing, even though the Attorney General has previously raised doubts about the constitutionality of it.  The bill would restrict communications… Continue Reading

Former Lawmaker (and Ex-Felon) Urges Connecticut To Ban Discrimination Against Felons in 2013

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments

At a Sentencing Commssion hearing last week, former state lawmaker Ernie Newton — who was convicted in 2006 on corruption charges — urged commission members to address hiring discrimination against ex-felons, reports CT News Junkie.  There is no indication yet that they will do so, but his comments raised some eyebrows in the press. Newton’s… Continue Reading

Data Privacy Continues to be Focus of Legislature (But What About Employers?)

Posted in Legislative Developments

Several years ago, Connecticut passed a law that, for the first time, required employers to take special precautions to protect the personal data of their employees.  For a refresher, you can see my prior posts here and here.  Now, there is news of some tweaks to the law with some implications for employers and companies. … Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage Hike, Personnel Files Act and Unemployment Discrimination Bills Fail

Posted in Legislative Developments

The General Assembly finished its business for 2012 last night and although there was a last minute flurry of legislation, several bills that had been tracked by many employers came up short. Senate Bill 79, which passed the Senate, would have made it illegal for employers to refuse to hire someone based on being unemployed…. Continue Reading

Significant Changes to Personnel Files Act Being Considered at General Assembly

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

As the legislative session winds down, there’s one big issue still alive that has been passing mostly under the radar of the mainstream press.  (To the CBIA’s credit, they’ve been tracking this bill for a while.) Under current law, an employee has the right to inspect and receive a copy of his or her personnel… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Personnel Files, Minimum Wage, Payroll Cards, CTFMLA, Unemployment Discrimination

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments

The General Assembly is always full of surprises.    It’s the busy season for the Connecticut legislature and a number of employment-law related proposals are still “alive”.  (I use “alive” in the generic sense because the bills have merely passed committee; whether they will end up getting voted on is an entirely different question. For further updates… Continue Reading

Minimum Wage Hike Clears Committee; Prospects Unclear

Posted in Legislative Developments

The Labor & Public Employee Committee on Thursday voted 8-3 in favor of a minimum wage hike that was less than originally proposed. The revised bill would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents at the start of the next two years, with future raises automatically tied to the consumer price index. But before you… Continue Reading

Legislative Session Begins; Discrimination Against Unemployed on the Agenda

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Featured, Highlight, Legislative Developments

The new legislative session at the Connecticut General Assemblybegan last week and the Labor & Public Employee Committee wasted no time setting an agenda for bills for discussion in this short legislative session. At a committee meeting last Thursday, the Committee discussed a variety of items to be discussed and proposed as bills.  Among the… Continue Reading

New Employment-Related Laws Effective October 1, 2011

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

With the start of October, employers in Connecticut now have to deal with a whole series of new laws that became effective October 1, 2011. I’ve covered each of them before in various posts here. But you may have missed them. Now’s the time to update your handbook and policies to address these changes.  They… Continue Reading

Marijuana is Decriminalized, But Employers Can Still Ban Workers From Using It

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

Last week, the General Assembly approved of reduced penalties for people caught with relatively small amounts of marijuana in their possession.  Notice the use in the title of the word “decriminalize”; that is a different term than “legalize”. This raises the obvious question: Can employers in Connecticut still regulate and ban employee usage of marijuana?… Continue Reading

General Assembly Increases Penalties for Violations of Personnel Files Act

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

With all the talk about Paid Sick Leave dominating the headlines, it’s important to remember that other bills get passed too. Quietly, late last month, the Connecticut General Assembly beefed up the penalties to employers who do not follow the Personnel Files Act. The Act requires employers to give employees access to their personnel files… Continue Reading

General Assembly Approves Ban on Use Of Credit Reports by Employers

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

In the last flurry of action, the Connecticut House last night approved Senate Bill 361, which bans the use of credit reports in hiring and promotions, in certain situations by certain employers.  The bill had previously been approved by the state Senate. I recapped the bill in detail a few days ago.  There are a… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Paid Sick Leave & Gender Identity Discrimination Bills Pass; Governor’s Approval Expected

Posted in Legislative Developments

Early Saturday morning, the Connecticut General Assembly passed two bills that will have a significant impact on employers in Connecticut.  Both bills now need to be signed by the Governor (who has indicated he will sign them). First, the Senate passed House Bill 6599, which adds “gender identity or expression” as a new protected category… Continue Reading

Attorney General Expresses Concern On “Captive Audience” Bill; Legislator Declares It Dead

Posted in Labor Law & NRLB, Legislative Developments

What a difference a few weeks can bring. Back on May 5th, Attorney General George Jepsen issued a letter to legislators expressing his support of the so-called "captive-audience" bill.  That letter was used in the debate by Connecticut House members as proof that the bill would pass a legal challenge.  Indeed, on May 11th, the… Continue Reading

Gender Identity & Expression Discrimination Bill Clears Conn. House

Posted in Legislative Developments

The on-again, off-again bill that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression (including transgendered individuals) passed the Connecticut House late Thursday night on a vote along party lines. The bill, H.B. 6599, would add a new protected class and defines "gender identity as follows: "Gender identity or expression" means a person’s… Continue Reading