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Pay Equity Bill Passes House; Awaits Senate Vote

Posted in Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Yesterday, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would promote pay equity among men and women. However, the bill lacks a key provision that would have barred prospective employers from inquiring into an applicant’s salary history. The CT Mirror and Hartford Business Journal do a good job reporting on the developments. The… Continue Reading

New Pay Secrecy Law Finds a Place in Court With Lawsuit

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Well, it was bound to happen.  After nine years of writing the blog on a near daily schedule, some work and personal commitments interfered with my blog writing schedule. But never fear, more new posts from me are now right around the corner. In the meantime, one of our summer associates, James Joyce, joins the… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Bi-weekly Payroll Periods (Without CTDOL Approval) are Here!

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

It’s been a long-time coming but the General Assembly finally approved of a measure that would allow employers to pay employees on a bi-weekly basis without receiving prior CTDOL approval. The provision, part of a set of “technical” revisions to various Department of Labor matters, is long overdue. Several employers had moved to a bi-weekly… Continue Reading

“Wage Theft”: The Trendy Phrase That May Not Mean What You Think It Means

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

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been seeing more tweets from human resources types and mainstream reporters using the phrase “wage theft”.  Two recent examples? William Tincup (who runs the popular online DriveThruHR show that I appeared on a while ago) recently tweeted: RT Wage Theft Another Assault on Workers’ Compensation @jongelman — William Tincup,… Continue Reading

Hurricane Sandy: Have Employers Learned the Lessons From Last Year’s Storms?

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

We interrupt our normally scheduled post on a recent Second Circuit case…. Monday is an anniversary that many of us in Connecticut will long remember — the anniversary of the big October snowstorm (or “Alfred” as Channel 3 called it).   Combine that storm with Irene earlier in 2011, and we’ve seen more than our share… Continue Reading

Leap Day: The Day Employers Get Free Work From Exempt Workers

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

A few years ago, I addressed the issue of what happens when there’s a “leap year” for pay periods.  Every five years or so (and 2009 was one of them), a year will have 27 bi-weekly paydays instead of 26. That issue arises because bi-weekly pay programs pay employees in 14-day increments resulting in a 364… Continue Reading

Hurricane Irene: Do You Need to Pay Your Employees If You’re Closed?

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

Updated: August 28, 2011 – As of mid-morning, more than 40 percent of the state is without power, making this storm the highest power outage in state history.  Widespread office closures are expected for Monday and early this week. It’s the (relatively) calm before the storm on Saturday night.  Hurricane Irene is definitely coming. But… Continue Reading

Weekly Payment of Wages and Seeking A Waiver

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

In my continuing series of posts this summer on recurring issues in employment law, this week I’ll address the payment of wages and the question: Can I pay my employees on a bi-weekly basis? The answer to that question is “no” — at least not without a waiver from the Connecticut Department of Labor. Connecticut… Continue Reading

Complications: The Interplay Between the Family Violence Leave Law & White-Collar Exemptions

Posted in Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

When new laws get passed, the complications that arise from the passage aren’t immediately clear.  But a look at Connecticut’s new family violence leave provisions (effective October 1, 2010) demonstrates how some of those complications are now making themselves apparent.  As you may recall, the new Family Violence Victim leave law permits employees to take… Continue Reading

Paycheck Fairness Act – Coming Soon?

Posted in Legislative Developments

As those who have been following my tweets know, I have been at the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and midyear meetings. There’s lots of substance to these meetings and you can certainly follow along with the ABA Journal. Among the topics discussed today, was the Paycheck Fairness Act now pending in Congress. If you… Continue Reading

Why the Hype on the Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is Overblown

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

There’s a relatively new children’s book out now entitled, "The Wolf Who Cried Boy". It’s a humorous take on the old fable and I read it outloud one evening this week at home.   I can’t help but be reminded of both the classic and new story, reading all of the hyperbole and hype of the last 24 hours regarding… Continue Reading

House Passes Fair Pay and Paycheck Fairness Bills; Now, on to Senate

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the U.S. House of Representative overwhelmingly passed two employment law bills addressing compensation issues.   The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, HR 11, pretty much split among party lines 247-171. The Paycheck Fairness Act, HR 12, passed 256-163.   The bills now move on to the Senate, where the vote… Continue Reading