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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

Paid Sick Leave (PSL) “Fixes” Pass State Senate; Final Approval Expected

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

Shortly after passage of the Paid Sick Leave law a few years ago, it became apparent that there were several quirks in the law that would make enforcement and compliance challenging in some places. I highlighted a few issues in a post back then. Well, the General Assembly has been working on a bill to… 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

Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave (PSL) Law: Does It Work?

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

The title of the post is a bit misleading because the answer to the question is, at this point, unanswerable.  In what ways do we measure success under Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave law? The number of employees who have used it? The people who didn’t get sick as a result? The overall flu rate? 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

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

Beyond the Acronyms of CTFMLA, CHRO, and PSL, Lots of Substance Discussed at CBA Annual Meeting

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

Following up on her post last week recapping part of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Annual Meeting on labor laws, Guest Poster Rita Trivedi is back with highlights from administrative law and employment law portions of the presentation. Again, my sincere thanks to her for this insightful post. I hope you all find it as interesting… Continue Reading

A Paid Sick Leave Carryover Issue Left Unaddressed … Until Now

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

So, four months in, how is Connecticut Paid Sick Leave (PSL) working out? Well, for towns, not so well as this recent article pointed out. But as Connecticut employers start running through the issues, some novel and unforseen issues keep popping up. I’ll address one of them here. But before you read it, make sure you… Continue Reading

CBA’s Labor & Employment Quarterly Now Out

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

As readers of this blog know, I enjoy passing along nuggets of information that you might otherwise overlook. One such publication is the Connecticut Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Quarterly which, truth be told, really gets published three times a year instead of four. But there is always something to pick up in the articles…. Continue Reading

It’s 2012 – Are You Ready For Paid Sick Leave?

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

It’s finally here: Paid Sick Leave. Connecticut officially became the first state in the nation to mandate this on Sunday.  Depending on your perspective, it’s either a historic achievement or another sign that Connecticut is anti-business. I’ve talked about this extensively over the last six months so I’m not going to repeat the summaries here…. Continue Reading

A Look Back at 2011 Prediction … and a Sneak Peek at 2012

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Litigation

It’s easy to make predictions about the future. It’s far harder to look back at them and see if you were right.  Fortunately or unfortunately for me, my predictions are in print — there for a looking. So how did my prediction go for 2011? Well, in my main article, I predicted that on a… Continue Reading

More Answers (and Questions) Regarding Paid Sick Leave

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

Are you tired hearing about Paid Sick Leave (PSL) yet? Well, be prepared for a lot more because the more we delve into the law the more we all discover little nuances that weren’t readily apparent at the start. As a result, there’s a bit of finessing going on. At last night’s CBA Labor &… 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

Spanish-Language Version of Paid Sick Leave Poster Released

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

One of the unique features of Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave law is the requirement that employers post information about the law in both English and Spanish. At the time the law was passed, I openly questioned how employers were to accomplish this and suggested that the Connecticut Department of Labor consider publishing such a notice… Continue Reading

Get Ready for Some Lifting on Paid Sick Leave Carryover Rules

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

We continue with our series of posts (see prior posts here, here, here, and here) on the new Paid Sick Leave Guidance issued by the Connecticut Department of Labor earlier this month. Today’s post focuses on the “carryover” rules. Another issue that the Paid Sick Leave addresses is the “carryover” rules — or how much… 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

Paid Sick Leave and What Employers Need to Know: A Seminar

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments, Social Media

Employers in Connecticut have less than two months to get ready before the new Paid Sick Leave law goes into effect. If only that were the only new development. A few months ago, my firm held a sold-out seminar to address these new developments and much more. Because of overwhelming demand, we are putting on… Continue Reading

CHRO and CTDOL Reach Out to Businesses

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

Well, you have to give the state some credit for trying. As I mentioned yesterday, I’ll be speaking today at a program run by the CHRO about the new law the changes the CHRO’s procedures.  It appears to be part of a concerted effort by various agencies to reach out to businesses in the state… 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