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Connecticut Legislative Session Preview: Is a New State Overtime Rule In Play?

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The Connecticut General Assembly is back in session and with significant budget deficits looming, it’s not going to be an easy year for legislators. From a labor and employment law session, once again it will be interesting to see what will be seriously considered. A Bloomberg Law article late last week suggested that Democrats in… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: New Non-Compete Restrictions for Physicians

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

Continuing my review of new employment-related bills is a measure that limits the use of non-compete agreements for doctors. Anyone who tracks bills knows that the name on the bill sometimes doesn’t match the content. Senate Bill 351 entitled “AN ACT CONCERNING MATTERS AFFECTING PHYSICIANS AND HOSPITALS” is a good case in point. Seems innocuous… Continue Reading

What’s Cooking at the General Assembly in 2016 (Part I)

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The 2016 Connecticut General Assembly is about one month from ending its term so it’s a good opportunity to see what bills are still floating out there. I’ll do a bigger recap when we get close to the end of the session but if you have any interest in the bills (and, if you’re an… Continue Reading

MOVE Act Introduced; Non-Compete Agreements Would Be Limited, if Passed

Posted in Highlight, Legislative Developments

While I normally make my year-end reflections at, well, year end, I can’t help but take this moment to see the big picture: We’re hearing an awful lot about restrictive covenants. These covenants — often in the shape of non-compete clauses or non-solicitation (of employees or customers) clauses — have become popular because companies are… Continue Reading

ENDA Clears Senate Hurdle but House Prospects Look Grim

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

A federal bill banning workplace discrimination (known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “ENDA) on the basis of sexual orientation cleared a key procedural hurdle last night as the Senate voted to begin debate on the measure, 61-30.   Passage by the Senate is now expected later this week.   (You can find my prior coverage of ENDA beginning here.)… 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

Senate Passes Bill Banning Use of Credit Reports by Employers With Exceptions

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

UPDATED June 9, 2011 – The House approved the measure late last night, June 8th. For additional details, see this updated post. In the closing hours of the General Assembly’s term, the Connecticut Senate has passed a bill yesterday that would ban the use of credit reports by employers in many situations. Senate Bill 361… Continue Reading

Paycheck Fairness Act Bill Fails to Clear Key Senate Vote

Posted in Legislative Developments

The long-discussed Paycheck Fairness Act failed to clear a key Senate hurdle today, effectively killing the prospects for the bill in this Congressional session and likely for the foreseeable future.  The Washington DC Employment Law Update has further details here.   Long-time Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn, 3rd) has been a leading sponsor of the bill… 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

Report: Votes Not There in Conn. Senate on Paid Sick Leave…Yet

Posted in Legislative Developments

The Capitol Watch blog is reporting this Thursday evening that the proponents of the Paid Sick Leave bill (H.B. 6187) are still one vote shy of passage in the state Senate: The latest vote count shows the measure tied at 18 to 18 in the 36-member Senate. Eight Democrats are currently opposed to the bill,… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: With 48 Hours to Go, Still Awaiting Action on Paid Sick Days, Captive Audiences, Credit Reports and More

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Legislative Developments

With the legislative session ending on Wednesday at midnight, there’s a lot for employers to keep an eye out. Here’s a quick summary of what’s still alive and what’s not, at the Connecticut General Assembly. Senate Bill 365 (S.B. 365) – A bill that would prohibit so-called captive audience meetings by employers (typically regarding a… Continue Reading

Update: Where is EFCA Going – A “Compromise” or Defeat?

Posted in Legislative Developments

The conventional wisdom lately is that the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA or "Card Check" to others) will not pass in its current form.  (You can find my prior coverage of the EFCA here.)  Over the last few days, however, various "compromises" have been floated. (H/T Shopfloor.) Of course, the very word "compromise" suggests some… Continue Reading

So What’s REALLY in the Economic Stimulus Bill Related to Labor & Employment Law?

Posted in Legislative Developments

While much of the press reports about the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of the Economic Stimulus bill center on the size of it, there’s a lot of details that haven’t yet been explored.  Because the bill’s prospects are looking (somewhat) favorable, it’s time to look at some of the specifics that relate to employment… Continue Reading

Connecticut Legislative Update: Sick Leave Bill Debate; Changes to State Whistleblower Law

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

With the legislative session coming to a close next week, developments are heating up at a fast and furious pace.  I’ll do some quick updating and then provide a more through review when time permits. First, the State Senate debated the Paid Sick Leave bill (S.B. 217) yesterday for about an hour, when the debate… 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