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

Posted in Labor Law & NRLB

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 & NRLB

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 & NRLB, 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 & NRLB, 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 & NRLB, 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 & NRLB, 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 & NRLB

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 & NRLB, 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 & NRLB, 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

Malloy’s Plan B – Big Cuts to DOL, CHRO, Judicial Branch

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Legislative Developments

The other shoe has dropped. For now. Governor Malloy late today released his official “Plan B” detailing the layoffs expected as a result of the union concession vote. And it’s ugly. It calls for a 15 percent staff reduction at the Department of Labor, 30 percent reduction at the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities,… Continue Reading

It’s Back! Paid Sick Leave Bill Narrowly Passes Committee; On the General Assembly

Posted in Legislative Developments

The oft-debated paid sick leave bill has made another appearance at the legislature. And as in the past, it has been voted out of the committee, this time by a narrow vote of 6-5 on Thursday, March 3rd. None of this ought to come as any surprise. It’s been voted out of committee for the last… Continue Reading

Courant Headline Says Unions Down 17 Percent. Really? Uh, No.

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

UPDATED 2 p.m. About five weeks ago, I wrote about the new Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed union membership and representation was down in Connecticut in 2010 from 17.1 percent of the overall workforce to 16.7, or in raw numbers from 265,000 workers to 258,000.  But I also noted that compared with 2007 (when… Continue Reading

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly? The Usual Dishes and a Few Cookies

Posted in Legislative Developments

With winter’s fierce grip on us continuing, there’s nothing like a warm dish to make the outside chill melt away.  Certainly, there will be a few of us having some chili this weekend to watch football.  So, a few weeks into the new legislative session, it’s time to see what’s cooking at the Connecticut General… Continue Reading

US Department of Labor Teams with ABA For Lawyer Referral Service

Posted in Wage & Hour

On Friday, the White House announced a new partnership with the ABA designed to help workers whose complaints aren’t resolved by the U.S. Department of Labor find a lawyer through an ABA-approved lawyer referral service.   According to the ABA Journal article explaining the program:  [B]eginning on Dec. 13, workers with unresolved complaints under the… Continue Reading

ABA Labor & Employment Law Conference Kicks Off Tomorrow; Great Materials Now Available

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

The American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Law Section kicks off its annual conference tomorrow in Chicago and, by all accounts, it appears its going to be bigger and better than ever. Over 1300 people have registered for the conference, and the programming looks first-rate, with NLRB Chair Wilma Liebman, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, and various… Continue Reading