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Employers, Employees and Reasonable Accommodations: A Webinar

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Tomorrow, I’ll be part of a webinar produced by the American Bar Association on reasonable accommodations under the ADA.  You can still sign up here. The topic page for the webinar gives a fairly concise summary: A reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is any modification or adjustment to a job or… Continue Reading

Joining Connecticut, Paid Sick Leave Now Mandated for Federal Contractors

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

As Connecticut employers of a certain size know, Connecticut implemented Paid Sick Leave recently which affords employees up to five days off a year.   Now, federal contractors (including those in Connecticut) have another layer to deal with. As my colleague Ashley Marshall explains below, paid sick leave will now be a requirement later this… Continue Reading

EEOC Releases Guidance on Employer-Provided Leave Under ADA

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

So, back in January, I penned a post titled “Can You Fire an Employee Who Has Exhausted FMLA Leave?” As if to respond, the EEOC yesterday released guidance that basically answers: Not necessarily, because it might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.  And that is the crux of the issue for employers. Before I go… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: CTFMLA Expands to Cover Military Qualifying Exigencies

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

UPDATED Continuing to recap various employment law bills out of the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislature passed a measure Wednesday night that brings Connecticut’s FMLA law more in line with the federal counterpart. The federal FMLA was amended back in 2008 (prior post on the subject here) to provide coverage for any “qualifying exigency” arising out… Continue Reading

Connecticut Businesses Should Exercise Caution on DOL’s New FMLA Guide for Employers

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

Over the years in the employment law “blawgosphere” (isn’t there a better term by now?), I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with and conferring with several other attorneys who blog. One of those is Jeff Nowak, whose FMLA Insights blog has become a go-to place on all things FMLA. So, it was no surprise yesterday… Continue Reading

Grieving and Bereavement Leaves in Connecticut

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Yesterday, I learned of the passing of a friend, Robert Gulomb, the beloved husband of Livia Barndollar – the former President of the Connecticut Bar Association, and a friend and mentor as well.   Robert passed away peacefully after a long illness. I last saw Robert in the hospital earlier this month, but that’s not how I’ll remember him.  My… Continue Reading

Updated Paid Sick Leave Guidance and Poster Issued by Connecticut Department of Labor

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

Somewhat quietly (at least to me), the Connecticut Department of Labor has issued updated guidance regarding compliance with the state’s Paid Sick Leave law. But employers who have been following the developments in this area — namely the changes to the law by the legislature — won’t be surprised much by the minor changes that… Continue Reading

Domestic Violence Awareness: Resources for Employers

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

This post is not going to discuss, in my view, the NFL’s inadequate response over the years to domestic violence incidents by players in the league.  (If you want to listen to a full take down of the NFL, I recommend Slate’s The Gist podcast from yesterday.) Rather, I want to talk today about how… Continue Reading

Wait, “Inflexible” Leave Policies Are Actually Okay? Sometimes.

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

So last month we talked about how an employer may, in some circumstances, need to give additional leave as an accommodation above and beyond the Family and Medical Leave Act.  Today, my colleague Clarisse Thomas shows how the law in this area really is still developing.  She highlights a new case that comes to a different… Continue Reading

Paid Sick Leave Gets “Healed” By General Assembly

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

In the hours before the General Assembly’s 2014 session closed, there were a number of bills being watched by employers.  I’ll have an additional recap of the session in the days ahead, but one bill that passed on Wednesday night made a number of small, but important, changes to the state’s Paid Sick Leave law… Continue Reading

Spiderweb Delivery? Is One Year Enough for a Leave of Absence for a Disabled Employee?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

You have a disabled employee out of leave for 180 days.  Your policy says that employees may be terminated after the end of 180 days. So, on day 181, can you fire the employee? Today, my colleague Christopher Parkin tackles that difficult question in a recent ADA case brought by the EEOC against a very big… Continue Reading

What Happens At Home When Your Employee Takes FMLA Leave in Vegas?

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

Are you willing to bet that your FMLA practices are in compliance with the law? One company recently found out that not all trips to Las Vegas are created equal.  My colleague, Peter Murphy, has this post today that reminds employers that FMLA leave can come in all shapes and sizes. Although the case arises… Continue Reading

Evolution of a Benefit:Use of Paid Sick Leave by Employees Who Aren’t Sick Themselves

Posted in Laws and Regulations

While I take a little time off this week for the Jewish holidays, my colleague Mick Lavelle fills in with this great post about the use of paid sick leave by employees who aren’t actually sick.  When can an employee receive sick leave pay even though the absence is not due to the employee’s own… Continue Reading

BREAKING: DOL Proposes New FMLA Rules Impacting Military Leave

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

The Department of Labor today proposed new regulations of the FMLA that would explain further the military family leave provisions and incorporate some special provisions for airline flight crews.  The new proposed regulations are in response to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 which amended the FMLA to extend the military caregiver… Continue Reading

Municipalities Get Ready: Paid Sick Leave Applies to You Too

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

One of the things that law school teaches you is to read the definitions of words in any new law that is passed. Why? Because a word like “employer” may be defined differently than what you would expect. That’s a hard concept for real employers to understand. After all, how can you be an “employer”… Continue Reading

The Paid Sick Leave Issue That May End Up In Court

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

Yesterday, I discussed the carryover rule that requires employers to allow service workers to carry over up to five days of paid sick leave each year. But a loyal blog reader posed the following question to me: Suppose you are an employer that voluntarily offers 12 paid time off (PTO) days at the start of… Continue Reading

How Do You Count 680 Hours? Carefully, Says New Paid Sick Leave Guidance

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

Last week, I touched on a few aspects of the new Paid Sick Leave Guidance that was released by the Connecticut Department of Labor. (For prior posts, see here, here and here.) Today, I continue to discuss the guidance with a look at when service workers can start using accumulated paid sick leave. One of… Continue Reading

Butchers & Bakers Are Covered by Paid Sick Leave Guidance; Not Candlestick Makers

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

This is the second in a series of posts on the new Paid Sick Leave Guidance from the Connecticut Department of Labor. Back in June, I discussed who is a “service worker” under the new Paid Sick Leave law.  It is a detailed list that  includes butchers and bakers but not candlestick makers. It’s not… Continue Reading

Not All Manufacturers Exempt Under Paid Sick Leave Guidance

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

When I reviewed the Paid Sick Leave Guidance released Friday by the Connecticut Department of Labor, I happened to be in Chicago for the day.  And where should I pass by? But Harry Caray’s. The renowned Cubs broadcaster’s catchphrase was “Holy Cow!” And that phrase was stuck in my head for the weekend. Why? Because… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Connecticut DOL Issues Guidance and Poster on Paid Sick Leave

Posted in Featured, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

The Connecticut Department of Labor has issued its long-awaited guidance this morning on the new Paid Leave Law that becomes effective on January 1, 2012. You can download the CTDOL’s guidance here. My cursory review of the guidance indicates that it answers some questions that have been floating out there — albeit in ways that… Continue Reading

Three Things to Know About Connecticut’s New Paid Sick Leave Law

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

This morning, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of some pretty smart people in the hospitality industry about Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2012.  After all, with the movie Contagion as the nation’s number one movie, sickness is something on people’s minds. (I’ve previously covered… Continue Reading

More Publicity for Sick Leave Bill’s “Sleeper” Provision

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

Power is still out to big parts of the state, but here in Hartford, power is on and life continues. And so must the blog… Back in June, when the Connecticut General Assembly approved of the paid sick leave bill, I was quick to note that the retaliation provisions in the bill seemed to apply… Continue Reading

“Vaporizing” One Area of Employment Law? Hmmm.

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

In a post Friday, Walter Olson over at Overlaywered posed this question, “If I could press a button and instantly vaporize one sector of employment law…”  (His suggestion? Age Discrimination laws.) Jon Hyman, at the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog, picked up on the question and posed it for his readers as well.  Jon’s choice? The… Continue Reading

It’s Official: Paid Sick Leave & Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Bills Get Governor’s Approval

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

To the surprise of absolutely no one, earlier this month Governor Malloy signed the new Paid Sick Leave and the new Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination bills. With the Governor’s approval, the paid sick leave bill now becomes effective January 1, 2012. The anti-discrimination provisions of the gender identity bill are effective October 1, 2011. For more… Continue Reading