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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

Legislative Preview: New Life for Noncompete Bill or Is Judicial Reform Better?

Posted in Legislative Developments

One of the bills that passed the Connecticut General Assembly last year was a bill that would have limited the scope and use of noncompete agreements. But as I noted in a post last summer, Governor Malloy vetoed that piece of legislation. In his veto message, however, he signaled a willingness to agree to some… Continue Reading

Legislative Preview: Will the CHRO Bill Get Passed This Year?

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Highlight, Legislative Developments

The short session of the Connecticut General Assembly is set to begin on February 5, 2014. But the jockeying for items to get on the agenda is well under way. The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is circulating a proposed bill that would followup on a failed bill from last year’s term. I previously… Continue Reading

As the Dust Settles: Watered-Down Non-Compete Bill Passes; Social Media Password Bill Fails

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

The dust is still settling from the mad dash that is the end of the Connecticut General Assembly session.  I’ll have more in the upcoming days as events warrant, but here’s a quick look at a few items that I’ve been tracking in recent weeks.  A bill (HB 6658) restricting the use of non-compete agreements passed… Continue Reading

Three (Among Many) Problems with Proposed Free Speech Bill

Posted in Legislative Developments

Since the publication of my post last week on House Bill 6667 on free speech in the workplace, there’s been a lot of followup press coverage.  Two that I would highlight include this Patch.com article, and this blog post by Mara Lee at the Hartford Courant.  The CBIA also highlighted the post on its website… Continue Reading

Facebook Password “Privacy” Bill Is An Answer In Search of a Problem

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Social Media

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Labor & Public Employee Committee today is considering drafting a proposed bill “to prevent current or potential employers from requesting or requiring that employees or potential employees provide passwords to their personal accounts as a condition of their employment.” I won’t mince words. Proposed Senate Bill 159 is a bad idea.  It’s a solution in search of… 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

Data Privacy Continues to be Focus of Legislature (But What About Employers?)

Posted in Legislative Developments

Several years ago, Connecticut passed a law that, for the first time, required employers to take special precautions to protect the personal data of their employees.  For a refresher, you can see my prior posts here and here.  Now, there is news of some tweaks to the law with some implications for employers and companies. … Continue Reading

Significant Changes to Personnel Files Act Being Considered at General Assembly

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

As the legislative session winds down, there’s one big issue still alive that has been passing mostly under the radar of the mainstream press.  (To the CBIA’s credit, they’ve been tracking this bill for a while.) Under current law, an employee has the right to inspect and receive a copy of his or her personnel… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Personnel Files, Minimum Wage, Payroll Cards, CTFMLA, Unemployment Discrimination

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments

The General Assembly is always full of surprises.    It’s the busy season for the Connecticut legislature and a number of employment-law related proposals are still “alive”.  (I use “alive” in the generic sense because the bills have merely passed committee; whether they will end up getting voted on is an entirely different question. For further updates… 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

Proposal to Ban Unemployment Discrimination Heats Up

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Legislative Developments

Two bills were introduced in the Connecticut legislature last week that would ban discrimination against individuals who are unemployed. Section 8 of Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 79 are identical in their provisions.  They would apply to nearly all employers in the state.    The proposals would amend Conn. Gen. Stat. Sec. 46a-60(a)(6) to prohibit… 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

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

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

Legislative Roundup: New Labor & Employment Laws — Where Are They??

Posted in Legislative Developments

UPDATED The Connecticut General Assembly ended its regular session last night. As far as new laws affecting employers, the session certainly ends with a whimper.  For many employers, the big news is that the paid sick leave bill once again failed.  This time it wasn’t even put up for a vote in either chamber of… 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

CHRO Posts Legislative Summary of 2009 Session

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

With 2009 winding down, it seems like a good time to reflect on what transpired during the last legislative session and look forward to the 2010 short session of the Connecticut General Assembly. Fortunately, the CHRO has prepared a detailed summary of the 2009 session, with recaps of particular measures that were passed (or defeated).  As… Continue Reading

Connecticut Legislature Overrides Governor’s Veto of Standard Wage Law

Posted in Legislative Developments

While most of the headlines this morning surround the Connecticut General Assembly’s override of the Governor’s veto of the SustiNet bill, the legislature also voted to override the veto of the standard wage law passed earlier this year.  As a practical matter, this new law will allow several hundred janitors to keep their health insurance… Continue Reading