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The New New Minimum Wage in Connecticut

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

In short order, Connecticut has just jumped to the front of the line when it comes to increasing the minimum wage. On Wednesday, March 26th, the General Assembly passed an increase to the minimum wage in Connecticut. This will amend the previous increases that had been negotiated last year and raises the minimum wage past… Continue Reading

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

Service Contract Act: Do Your Wages Comply With the Law?

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

You would figure after six-plus years of doing this blog, I would’ve covered all the laws applicable to employers. But, perhaps in a testament to how many laws there are, there are still a few out there. One of them is the Service Contract Act, (Conn. Gen. Stat. 31-57f, for the attorneys out there.) The Hartford Business… Continue Reading

USDOL Releases Final Rule Applying Overtime to Home Health Aides & Other Direct Care Workers

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced significant new changes to its regulations regarding who is a “domestic worker” and therefore subject to the coverage of the federal laws regarding overtime and the like. The changes were, in many ways, expected. But the scope of the coverage — expanding it to nearly two million more… Continue Reading

CAD Detailing and Drawing Job Not Exempt from Overtime, Court Rules

Posted in Wage & Hour

Employees generally are eligible for overtime if they work more than 40 hours of work, unless one of the limited exceptions applies. Employers typically rely on one of the three white-collar exemptions — administrative, executive or learned professional — when making arguments as to why an employee is not eligible for overtime. A new federal… Continue Reading

What Employers Need to Know About the Minimum Wage Hike in Connecticut

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Last night, the House of Representatives, following the lead of the Senate, approved of a measure that will increase the minimum wage paid in Connecticut to $9 per hour. The Governor has said he will sign the bill.  The law becomes effective on July 1, 2013, technically, but the changes will not occur until 2014.   … Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Minimum Wage and Updated CHRO Bill

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Two quick updates to items I’ve covered before. Yesterday, the state Senate approved of an increase to minimum wage by 75 cents, over two years.  The bill would raise the minimum wage to $8.70 on January 1, 2014 and $9.00 an hour the following year. The Governor has pledged to sign the bill but it… Continue Reading

What’s New at the General Assembly? Anti-Employer Bills, Says CBIA

Posted in Legislative Developments

There’s been little press over what is going on at the Connecticut General Assembly this spring.  With no big employment law issue (other than minimum wage) dominating the headlines like Paid Sick Leave in the past, you might think that there isn’t much happening. But as the Connecticut Business and Industry Association highlighted in a… 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

A Look Back at Obama’s (First?) Four Years and Employment Law

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Labor Law & NRLB, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Finally, today is Election Day.   And while the pundits tonight will all look forward to what the next four years might bring, it’s worth taking a quick peek back at Obama’s (first?) four years with a review of some of the posts from 2008-9. Before his term, there were predictions that he would be good… 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

Interns: Assign Real Work or Menial Tasks? Neither, says The New York Times

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

Back in 2010, at the same time the U.S. Department of Labor was making a big publicity push on its interpretation of rules regarding unpaid interns, the New York Times ran piece noting how employers were skirting the law when it came to internships: The Labor Department says it is cracking down on firms that… Continue Reading

Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Interns

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

The word “Interns” has turned into a dirty word for employment lawyers lately. But before you panic, it’s time to separate fact from fiction. Now, it IS true that a few years back, the United States Department of Labor signaled employers that it would start cutting down on the practice that some employers used of… 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

Minimum Wage Hike Clears Committee; Prospects Unclear

Posted in Legislative Developments

The Labor & Public Employee Committee on Thursday voted 8-3 in favor of a minimum wage hike that was less than originally proposed. The revised bill would raise the minimum wage by 50 cents at the start of the next two years, with future raises automatically tied to the consumer price index. But before you… Continue Reading

Reporting for Duty or Reporting Time Pay: What Is (and Is Not) Required

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Two weeks ago, my colleague Michael Lavelle did a post about dealing with employees who may be on call.  Today, he’s back, following up on another weather-related issue — paying employees for just reporting to work (even if they are sent home), sometimes known as the "Minimum Daily Earnings Guaranteed". It was the subject of… Continue Reading

Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Now Up to $8.25 Per Hour Effective January 1, 2010

Posted in Laws and Regulations

Connecticut’s minimum wage law went up again on January 1, 2010 — this time to $8.25 per hour. It is the second of a two-part increase that was put into effect by the legislature in 2008.  I’ve covered the state’s minimum wage law extensively over the summer last year as part of the "Basics" series…. Continue Reading

The Basics: Minimum Wage in Connecticut is Still $8.00/hour

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

As the dog days of summer now seem firmly entranced over Connecticut, this week’s installment of "The Basics" focuses on minimum wages.  There are lots of exceptions and rules, but the basics are fairly straightforward: Although the federal minimum wage went on on July 24, 2009 to $7.25/hour, Connecticut has its own minimum wage law…. Continue Reading

Paying Less Than Minimum Wage? DOL Allows It Under Special Circumstances

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

As background, everyone knows that Connecticut has a minimum wage law for employment (now at $8.00 per hour, going up to $8.25 for 2010). While there are some limited exceptions to that rule (most notably for servers and bartenders who get a tip and some apprentices), it is now viewed as a societal norm that… Continue Reading

New Year, New Laws: What New Connecticut Laws Should Employers Be Aware Of

Posted in Laws and Regulations

January 1st brings lots of things – resolutions, fresh starts, and, inevitably, the occasional letter with a 2008 year written in, instead of 2009. But traditionally, it also marks the effective date for a few more Connecticut laws.  (October 1st is also a big date for many new laws). So what does January 1st bring… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Wage/Hour Regulations

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Buried deep, deep, deep in Monday’s Federal Register was a quiet announcement that the U.S. Department of Labor was proposing some new wage/hour regulations interpreting the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (download here).  In the "summary" section, the DOL states that the new regulations are needed because the regulations, in some cases, are out… Continue Reading

Federal Minimum Wage Increase Today Has No Impact on Connecticut Workers

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

You may hear about an increase in the federal minimum wage today from $5.85 to $6.55 per hour.   If you do, you can ignore the news in Connecticut because it will not have any effect on workers here. If a state law puts the minimum wage rate higher than the federal minimum wage, state law applies. … Continue Reading

General Assembly Overrides Veto on Connecticut Minimum Wage Law

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

The Connecticut Senate voted late today to override the veto of the minimum wage bill that was sent to Gov. Rell last month.   The vote was 25-9 in the Senate.   The vote completes the override process of the minimum wage bill that I discussed here earlier today. Thus, effective January 1, 2009, the minimum wage… Continue Reading

Update: Conn. House Overrides Veto in Minimum Wage

Posted in Legislative Developments

One down, one to go. The Connecticut House voted this afternoon to override Gov. Rell’s veto of the minimum wage bill.   The bill now moves to the Senate this afternoon for immediate consideration.  For a text of the bill under the consideration, you can view the bill here.  As I’ve noted in earlier posts, if… Continue Reading