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CHRO Referee Dismisses Complaint After Defendant Was Added Too Late

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight

One of the rules in employment discrimination cases that seems to have blurred of late is the notion that a complaint of discrimination must be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. A new decision from Presiding Human Rights Referee at the CHRO (CHRO ex rel. Roig v. State of Conn., Department of Correction… Continue Reading

Revisiting Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA — Being “Effective”

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation

What does it really mean to provide a reasonable accommodation to an employee who has a disability? That’s a question I talk about a bunch with clients.  The employee may request one thing but the employer may think that another accommodation can accomplish close to the same thing, perhaps at a lower cost.  Who wins?… Continue Reading

Can an Employer Ever Win at the CHRO?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

I sometimes lament that employers get the short end of the stick when it comes to matters before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.  There’s little doubt, as I’ve said before, that more cases are being retained for investigation. But what happens after an investigation has concluded that there is “reasonable cause” to believe that discrimination occurred?… Continue Reading

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

Employer Alleges “Inherently Conflicted and Irreparably Unfair Proceedings” at CHRO; Seeks Injunction

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

A new lawsuit filed last Thursday in Connecticut state court by an employer alleges that the employer’s due process rights are being violated by “inherently conflicted and irreparably unfair proceedings” at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) — the state agency responsible for investigating and enforcing the state’s anti-discrimination laws.  In the lawsuit, NERAC v. Krich,… Continue Reading

New Penalties for Wage Claims, Unemployment Discrimination, Payroll Cards On Hearing Agenda

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

And all of a sudden, things just got very busy at the Connecticut General Assembly. On Tuesday, several labor & employment law bills are up for discussion and debate at a public hearing scheduled at 2 p.m. (details here).  One of the bills is the newest hot topic — the House version of the unemployment… Continue Reading

Interested in the CHRO’s New Procedures? Thursday’s the Day

Posted in CHRO & EEOC

On Thursday morning, October 20th, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is having an informational session on Public Act 11-237 — the new law that changes the procedures before the CHRO.  The session will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Old Judiciary Room at the State Capitol.   It’s… Continue Reading

Labor Committee Holding Hearings on CHRO and Bullying Bills

Posted in Legislative Developments

It’s that time of year in Connecticut’s short legislative season when legislative proposals come fast and furious but only a few will make the cut.  One of the mechanisms used to separate out the contenders from the pretenders is the committee hearing process.  It is a process that allows proponents and opponents to have their… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: February 5th Hearing Set on Bills Relating to FMLA Leave, Termination Notices, Paid Sick Leave and Workplace Bullying

Posted in Legislative Developments

The Connecticut Labor & Public Employees Committee is now scheduled to hold a hearing on various labor bills of relevance and importance to employers in Connecticut. Some are re-hashes of bills raised last year, but others, including amendments to the state’s FMLA laws are new.  The hearing is scheduled for February 5, at 2 p.m…. Continue Reading

Hearing Held on Workplace Bullying Bill at General Assembly

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments

The General Assembly’s Labor & Public Employee Hearing on various labor bills went forward as scheduled on Tuesday.  Among the topics —  the workplace bullying bill that I first reported on on Monday. Senate Bill 60 would create a private cause of action for workplace bullying. However, even if the bill passes the labor committee,… Continue Reading

February 28th Hearing at the Connecticut Capitol Features Discussion of Labor Bills including Paid Sick Leave

Posted in Legislative Developments

As I posted yesterday, the Connecticut General Assembly is back in session. The Labor & Public Employees Committee is busy holding hearings this week on various bills now pending before the General Assembly. One batch of bills is up for consideration this afternoon. A second batch is up for a hearing this Thursday at 2:30… Continue Reading

Connecticut General Assembly Schedules Two Hearings on Pending Labor Bills This Week

Posted in Legislative Developments

With the Connecticut General Assembly back in session this month for its short session, the Labor & Public Employees Committee has scheduled two hearings this week — February 26th at 2 p.m. and February 28th at 2:30 p.m. — to consider a variety of bills now being proposed.  The agendas for each can be found… Continue Reading

UAW/Foxwoods – Hearing into Tribe’s Objections Drags On; Fight over Sovereignty Continues

Posted in Litigation

The NLRB’s hearing into Foxwoods’ objections to the union election continues this week. The latest issue to resurface is one that has surfaced before — tribal sovereignty.  As I’ve said previously, I believe this is the type of "big picture" issue that may ultimately take this case up to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Because the case may… Continue Reading

Foxwoods/UAW – The Hearing Resumes With New Details About Alleged Harassment of Dealers

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

The hearing by the NLRB into objections raised by Foxwoods resumed Wednesday with new details about alleged harassment experienced by dealers in the course of the election last fall.  (For background on the objections and the elections, click here.)  As usual, The Day is quick with the details this morning.  According to the report, one… Continue Reading

Foxwoods/UAW – A Quick Update

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

NLRB Hearings are best left to those who have lots of patience and time, two things I’m missing this week. Thus, unless there are major developments that occur, I’ll only briefly recap where things stand, on occasion, on the ongoing Foxwoods/UAW saga. Yesterday, the NLRB (also called "The Board") denied Foxwoods’ Request for Review, which… Continue Reading

UAW/Foxwoods – Insight into the Tribe’s Sovereignty Argument at the NLRB

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Litigation

Readers of the blog will no doubt know that the battle for unionization at Foxwoods Resort Casino  is one of the most significant labor issues in Connecticut in many years.  A hearing on the tribe’s objections to the election of UAW is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Januay 15th, which I’ve discussed before. In advance… Continue Reading

UAW/Foxwoods – January 15th Hearing Scheduled on Objections to Election

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

Last week, while many (including myself) were vacationing, the NLRB set a date for a hearing on the objections raised by Foxwoods. I last updated the status in this post.  You can find all the posts about the election here.    As to the hearing, The Day reports, A recent decision by the NLRB found that Foxwoods’ claims that… Continue Reading