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Connecticut Legislative Session Preview: Is a New State Overtime Rule In Play?

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The Connecticut General Assembly is back in session and with significant budget deficits looming, it’s not going to be an easy year for legislators. From a labor and employment law session, once again it will be interesting to see what will be seriously considered. A Bloomberg Law article late last week suggested that Democrats in… Continue Reading

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly in 2016 (Part I)

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The 2016 Connecticut General Assembly is about one month from ending its term so it’s a good opportunity to see what bills are still floating out there. I’ll do a bigger recap when we get close to the end of the session but if you have any interest in the bills (and, if you’re an… Continue Reading

ENDA Clears Senate Hurdle but House Prospects Look Grim

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

A federal bill banning workplace discrimination (known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “ENDA) on the basis of sexual orientation cleared a key procedural hurdle last night as the Senate voted to begin debate on the measure, 61-30.   Passage by the Senate is now expected later this week.   (You can find my prior coverage of ENDA beginning here.)… Continue Reading

“Captive Audience” Bill Clears Connecticut House But Is It Even Constitutional?

Posted in Legislative Developments

Last night, after many hours of debate, the Connecticut House passed the so-called "captive audience" bill that would prohibit employers from requiring their workers to attend meetings concerning views on politics and religion. But the truth is the bill (H.B. 5460) is really about one thing: prohibiting employers from talking about unions when a vote on… Continue Reading

A Witness To Civil Rights History; A Reflection on Our Employment Laws

Posted in Laws and Regulations

Over the last few days, I’ve had the great fortune of attending the American Bar Association’s Midyear Meeting, where I serve as a delegate from Connecticut in the House of Delegates — the organization’s main policy-making branch.    (You can see all my tweets from the meeting at twitter.com/danielschwartz).  Earlier this morning, Representative John Lewis… Continue Reading

Paycheck Fairness Act Suddenly the Hot Topic

Posted in Legislative Developments

Back in July, the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act, whose lead sponsor is Connecticut’s own Rep. Rosa DeLauro, was still just being tossed around. At the time, I noted that there was criticism of the statistics being used to justify the law. Now, numerous outlets are suggesting that the bill is close to passage (here, here… Continue Reading

House Passes COBRA Subsidy Extension and..What’s This? Restrictions on Arbitration Clauses??

Posted in Legislative Developments

UPDATED The health care bill debate seems all consuming. At least in terms of press coverage. But yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a defense spending bill (H.R. 3326) that, according to the DC Employment Law Update:  "prevents most defense contractors and subcontractors from forcing their employees or independent contractors to sign, as a condition of… Continue Reading

Report: Votes Not There in Conn. Senate on Paid Sick Leave…Yet

Posted in Legislative Developments

The Capitol Watch blog is reporting this Thursday evening that the proponents of the Paid Sick Leave bill (H.B. 6187) are still one vote shy of passage in the state Senate: The latest vote count shows the measure tied at 18 to 18 in the 36-member Senate. Eight Democrats are currently opposed to the bill,… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: With 48 Hours to Go, Still Awaiting Action on Paid Sick Days, Captive Audiences, Credit Reports and More

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

With the legislative session ending on Wednesday at midnight, there’s a lot for employers to keep an eye out. Here’s a quick summary of what’s still alive and what’s not, at the Connecticut General Assembly. Senate Bill 365 (S.B. 365) – A bill that would prohibit so-called captive audience meetings by employers (typically regarding a… Continue Reading

Debate on Paid Sick Continues, but Initial Votes Seems to Assure Passage

Posted in Legislative Developments

The debate on the bill requiring employees to offer paid sick leave to employees continued into Thursday evening. But the first votes on various amendments to the bill (including one that now becomes the bill) seem to indicate that its passage is likely. The operative bill under debate now is House Amendment A, which passed… Continue Reading

House Passes Fair Pay and Paycheck Fairness Bills; Now, on to Senate

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

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the U.S. House of Representative overwhelmingly passed two employment law bills addressing compensation issues.   The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, HR 11, pretty much split among party lines 247-171. The Paycheck Fairness Act, HR 12, passed 256-163.   The bills now move on to the Senate, where the vote… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: House Passes ADA Amendments Act; Bill Goes To President for Signature

Posted in Legislative Developments

This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by voice vote, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (S.3406), with the amendments made by the U.S. Senate last week.  I’ve recapped the details before in prior posts.  Reuters has the details of today’s House action in. Numerous groups and politicians released press releases this afternoon praising the… Continue Reading

Amendments to ADA Now Likely This Year; Bill Passes House and Goes On to U.S. Senate

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments

Nearly eight months ago, I asked the question: Will the Americans with Disabilities Act Be Amended?   At that point, I indicated that an ADA Restoration Act Bill of 2007 was not yet a "hot topic" but as election season heated up, we could see some action on some proposed amendments.  There have been some followup posts both in… Continue Reading

Breaking News: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Passes House; Presidential Approval Expected Shortly

Posted in Legislative Developments

The U.S. House of Representatives, as expected, passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act this afternoon.  The bill, which had already been approved by the Senate, now moves on to the White House, where the President is expected to sign the bill.  The bill’s summary and status can be found here.The roll call vote at 12:40… Continue Reading