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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

You Might Have To Pay More Than Minimum Wage To Your Employees

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

So, your employees are all paid at least minimum wage and overtime. You’re good, right? Not necessarily, as a recent column in the Connecticut Law Tribune points out.  You might need to pay a “prevailing” wage — if you have a contract with the State of Connecticut. Indeed, as many companies who do business with… Continue Reading

Conn. Supreme Court: Public Policy Against Sexual Harassment Supports (Perhaps Mandates?) Termination of Alleged Harassers

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

It’s tough to draw lessons from appeals of arbitration decisions. Why? Because the standard to overturn arbitration cases is high and, it’s only when there are really bad facts (or, perhaps more likely, an really bad error in interpreting the law) that appellate courts consider reversing the decision. That appears to be the case in… Continue Reading

Oh, Sandy! Storm Brings Headaches, Hassles & Heartburn

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

It’s Sunday evening here in Connecticut.  If the forecast goes according to plan, I may not have power tomorrow to write about the storm. Governor Malloy announced this evening that all non-essential state workers are not to report to work on Monday. But those who listened to his news conference know he went beyond that…. Continue Reading

Hybrid Wage-and-Hour Class Actions Blessed by Second Circuit

Posted in Class Actions, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Ok, bear with me for a second. If your employees want to bring a class action against your company claiming that they should’ve been paid overtime, there are typically two ways to do so: Bring a claim under state law, or bring a claim under federal law (Fair Labor Standards Act). There’s a big difference:… Continue Reading

Columbus Day is Coming. And Most Employers are Open.

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Over the last few years, I’ve been running a popular post about Columbus Day and the origins of the work holiday in Connecticut.  Indeed, it has its foundation as a federal holiday and is listed in the United States Code (5 U.S.C. Sec. 6103). Columbus Day is officially on October 12th (celebrating Columbus arrival on… Continue Reading

From the Archives: Why Some People are Working (Or Have the Day Off) on Columbus Day

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Today is officially Columbus Day.  In prior years, I have written a post on the day and why most people are working today. Given the relevance of the post again this year, I reprint it below (with some slight updates). Columbus Day is officially on October 12th (celebrating Columbus arrival on October 12, 1492), but… Continue Reading

Sounding the Alarm Bells: Three Reasons Why Most Employers Should Get Their Act Together on the COBRA Subsidy Provisions

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

Although I’ve been sounding the alarm bells for the last two months or so, on the new COBRA subsidy provisions, I’ve had informal discussions with various colleagues that suggest that some employers are either ignorant of the new rules or do not believe that the rules apply to them. Here are three areas why most employers… Continue Reading

From the Archives: Are You Working on Columbus Day

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

Sunday is officially Columbus Day. But across the country and in Connecticut, the second Monday in October is the day we celebrate the holiday. Last year, I wrote a post on the day and why most people are working on that date. Given the relevance of the post again this year, I reprint it below… Continue Reading

Whatever Happened to….That Lawyer Who Penned an Anonymous Letter?

Posted in Litigation

As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes cases hit the headlines for a day only to disappear into oblivion. But thanks to some followup reporting, there’s one story that we can give an update on. Readers may recall a post from May of this year about a state attorney, Maureen Duggan, who wrote an anonymous letter about the state’s Ethics Chief,… Continue Reading

Four Day Workweeks for State Workers? A Followup

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last week, I talked about a push by some state politicians to encourage more telecommuting and perhaps four-day work weeks among state workers.  The Connecticut House Republicans have even discussed it on their blog, House Rules.  The union representing state workers has also discussed the proposals in detail on its blog as well. The Hartford… Continue Reading

Connecticut Legislative Update: Some Construction and Repair Workers Must Get New Training Under New Bill

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

The focus for this term of the Connecticut General Assembly for employers and employees has been on the paid sick leave bill (still no action in the House as of May 3rd). However, employers who have employees working on public works projects and manual labor on state or municipal building construction or repair contracts need… 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