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Is Hiring Without Headaches Even Possible?

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

In the course of my litigation cases, I’ve had a good-natured argument at times with a few counsel who represent employees about the mindset of employers.  The argument I’ve heard from them is that employers are too cavalier in firing employees and just go about hiring someone else (someone younger, they argue). But what I’ve… Continue Reading

Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

Why do we celebrate Labor Day? And should it be celebrated on a Tuesday instead? It’s one of those holidays that we celebrate, but my guess is that most people have no idea on the answer.  But several (many?) years ago, I touched on this on the blog and I thought it would be fun… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

So last week I provided a recap of a few of the labor & employment law bills still being kicked around the legislature.  From talking with a few folks in on the process, here are some other bills to keep an eye on (whether in this original form or as an amendment to an existing… 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

Proposed Bills Are First Up on Labor Committee’s Agenda

Posted in Legislative Developments

The first few days of the new Connecticut legislative session are, dare I say it, kind of fun from an outsider perspective. That is, if you know what you are looking at. Why? Because it’s the time when legislators start submitting “proposed” bills. But these proposals are far from polished products. Sometimes, these proposals are… Continue Reading

Reflections on Early Labor Relations & Anniversaries

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB

As I take some extended time off from the office, frequent guest poster Chris Engler takes a look back at some of the earliest background on labor history. Because I majored in history in college, I’m a firm believer that understanding history is of great benefit when planning for the future. Autumn is in many… Continue Reading

A Small Tribute to a Professional Arbitrator and Mediator: “Larry” Foy

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB

James “Larry” Foy passed away earlier this week.  (His memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow in Southwick, Massachusetts.) For those of us in Connecticut that were blessed with having had a case with him as an arbitrator or mediator — and there were many — his death will leave a substantial void. Indeed, Larry was a labor arbitrator… Continue Reading

“Wage Theft”: The Trendy Phrase That May Not Mean What You Think It Means

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

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing more tweets from human resources types and mainstream reporters using the phrase “wage theft”.  Two recent examples? William Tincup (who runs the popular online DriveThruHR show that I appeared on a while ago) recently tweeted: RT Wage Theft Another Assault on Workers’ Compensation http://t.co/iXmbHnASUL @jongelman — William Tincup,… Continue Reading

Ten (+4 More) People to Follow on Twitter for Labor and Employment Law

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

Since the last time I published a list of labor & employment law lawyers to follow back in 2012, there are just a bunch of you out there now using Twitter. (And I presume you’re already following me @danielschwartz, right?) So, it’s probably time to update my list of labor & employment law-related people to… Continue Reading

You Cannot Prevent Your Employees from Using Social Media

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Social Media

For many years, employers set up firewalls at work that prevented employees from going to certain websites. Didn’t want your employees shopping at Amazon? Block the site. Didn’t want your employees posting updates at Facebook? Block the site. But here’s the reality: Smartphones have made those firewalls meaningless.  Information, as I’ve said before, wants to… 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

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

Federal Judge Orders Reinstatement of Workers and New Bargaining with Union

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB

The headlines this week have already written the obituaries for unions, at least in Michigan, where the state passed a new “right to work” law. But here in Connecticut, unions may be weakened, but, when bolstered by the NLRB, they can still put a fight. A new federal court case in Connecticut this week handed… 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

Election 2012: What Debate Questions Would You Ask Rep. Paul Ryan

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

As we continue our series this week of highlighting employment law issues for the candidates, next up is Rep. Paul Ryan.  (For previous posts and groundrules, see here, here, and here.) Your record on the Employment Non-discrimination Act is, to be blunt, muddy at best. You appear to have once voted for passage of the Act,… Continue Reading

Election 2012: What Debate Questions Would You Ask Mitt Romney?

Posted in Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB, Legislative Developments

All this week, this blog (and other employment law blogs — here, here, here and here) are posting employment law-related questions for the major-party candidates for President and Vice President.  Today’s turn: Mitt Romney. (For a recap of this process — and a reminder that these questions should not be interpreted as being “for” or “against”… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Medical Marijuana, Failure to Promote Standard, Starbucks and the NLRB, Labor Agreements, Social Media Policies

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Labor Law & NLRB, Legislative Developments, Social Media

Back from Memorial Day weekend, there’s plenty of employment law news that I haven’t had time to write about. So here’s a brief recap of some recent items that may be of interest to employers: With Connecticut passing a new medical marijuana bill, one question that has arisen is whether the ADA protects employees using… 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

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

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

An Overview of “Right to Work”

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB

Anyone who has read this blog for a while knows that I am a big fan of the Office of Legislative Research, a little-known office at the Connecticut General Assembly.  They produce reports, backgrounders and items like that for legislators and release them to the public. As a result, you can get some free research… 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

Chamber of Commerce Releases Report on NLRB & Social Media

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Social Media

Last week, while I was out on vacation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released an interesting report analyzing all of the NLRB’s actions in cases involving social media.  You can read the report here. The report confirms something that I’ve commented on before — that many of the cases are (or were handled) at the… Continue Reading

New Book Published: Think Before You Click

Posted in Highlight, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Social Media

Despite authoring this blog, I must confess that I always thought it would be neat if I could author a book. I’m pleased to announce that I can check one thing off my bucket list, at least in part. I can now announce the publication (finally) of ” Think Before You Click: Strategies for Managing… Continue Reading