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Legislative Update: Payroll Cards Finally Approved in Connecticut

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

Payroll cards are finally here. The General Assembly finished their regular session last night with several employment law bills getting passed, including some that have been kicking around for years. One of them is Senate Bill 211, which authorizes employers to use payroll cards — instead of checks or direct deposit — to pay their employees…. Continue Reading

“Captive Audience” Bill Clears Connecticut House But Is It Even Constitutional?

Posted in Legislative Developments

Last night, after many hours of debate, the Connecticut House passed the so-called "captive audience" bill that would prohibit employers from requiring their workers to attend meetings concerning views on politics and religion. But the truth is the bill (H.B. 5460) is really about one thing: prohibiting employers from talking about unions when a vote on… Continue Reading

Paycheck Fairness Act Suddenly the Hot Topic

Posted in Legislative Developments

Back in July, the proposed Paycheck Fairness Act, whose lead sponsor is Connecticut’s own Rep. Rosa DeLauro, was still just being tossed around. At the time, I noted that there was criticism of the statistics being used to justify the law. Now, numerous outlets are suggesting that the bill is close to passage (here, here… Continue Reading

What Passage of the Health Care Bill Means for Employers

Posted in Legislative Developments

Regardless of your political affiliation, you have to appreciate the magnitude of the moment. Sweeping health care insurance legislation has passed Congress. (The Senate will still take up  the "reconciliation" part of the bill which will make some additional modifications because the House only approved of the Senate version.) So, now’s the time to ask:… Continue Reading

Senator Dodd’s Legacy With Employers Is Clear: Family and Medical Leave Act

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

Regardless of your political leanings, Senator Chris Dodd — who announced on Wednesday that he will not seek re-election this November — may long be remembered by employers as the Senator instrumental in the passage of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.   Indeed, in 1993, he authored the FMLA bill that was later… Continue Reading

BREAKING: President Signs Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

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

Earlier today, President Obama welcomed Lilly Ledbetter to the White House and signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  You can find the text of the act here and even leave your comments on it. You can read the President’s remarks here. And you can find the White House blog entry on the subject here. In… Continue Reading

BREAKING NEWS: House Passes ADA Amendments Act; Bill Goes To President for Signature

Posted in Legislative Developments

This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by voice vote, the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (S.3406), with the amendments made by the U.S. Senate last week.  I’ve recapped the details before in prior posts.  Reuters has the details of today’s House action in. Numerous groups and politicians released press releases this afternoon praising the… Continue Reading

Breaking News: Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) Passes House; Presidential Approval Expected Shortly

Posted in Legislative Developments

The U.S. House of Representatives, as expected, passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act this afternoon.  The bill, which had already been approved by the Senate, now moves on to the White House, where the President is expected to sign the bill.  The bill’s summary and status can be found here.The roll call vote at 12:40… Continue Reading

Federal Legislative Update: Senate Passes Genetic Non-Discrimination (GINA) Bill; Expected to Have Minor Impact in Connecticut

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

Last week, while I was out on vacation, Congress acted on a bill that may have some interest in Connecticut. However, because Connecticut already has a similar bill already on the books, it will probably have a minor impact on employers. The U.S. Senate approved of legislation that would prohibit genetic discrimination in the workplace.   As reported… Continue Reading

Whatever Happened to the ADA Restoration Act Legislation?

Posted in Legislative Developments

Several months ago, I posted on legislation pending before Congress called the ADA Restoration Act of 2007.  Today seems a particularly apt time for an update. The U.S. House’s Committee on Education and Labor is holding a hearing today on H.R. 3195.  The hearing is being webcast on its website here.  Several witnesses are slated… Continue Reading

FMLA Military Leave – Passed (again) by Congress; President Signing Now Expected

Posted in Laws and Regulations

A couple of weeks after President Bush’s pocket veto of a defense bill that included expansion of FMLA for military leave, Congress has again passed a defense bill with the same FMLA provision.  President Bush is now expected to sign the measure because it does not contain certain language that he found objectionable (unrelated to… Continue Reading