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HR’s Increasing Role in Ensuring Data Privacy

Posted in Data Privacy, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Total Rewards Association on the topic of Data Privacy and HR.  I titled the presentation “Is Your HR Data Going Rogue” and really focused on the role that Human Resources professionals should play in ensuring that company data is secured. For those who have… Continue Reading

From the Archives: Back to the Basics on Sexual Harassment Prevention

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

Wrapping up my look back this shortened week at some “Basics” posts, here’s a reminder of the obligations employers have to conduct sexual harassment prevention trainings.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks for your continued readership.   With every new law that gets passed, it’s easy to overlook the existing requirements that employers must follow…. Continue Reading

Sex Harassment in the Workplace: An Uptick in Cases, Awareness or Both?

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

The last few weeks it seems that I’ve been reading about sexual harassment in the workplace issues a lot more. Here are a few examples: Gretchen Carlson sues Fox News’ Roger Ailes. Suit Says Managing Partner Pressured Female Staff for Sex Sexual Harassment Still a Reality in the Workplace Interior chief: ‘Culture’ of sexual harassment… Continue Reading

Legislative Update: Employee Training Required for Hotels, Inns on Human Trafficking

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

Over the next week or so, I’ll be providing updates on various bills to pass (or fail) at the state general assembly.  They’re coming in fast and furious so patience is the order of the day. But as we review various bills, there are employment-related aspects in places that you might not think. The first… Continue Reading

Hiring Without Employment Law Headaches: Five Tips for Employers

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

On Friday, I had the opportunity to speak to the Human Resource Association of Greater New Haven. My sincere thanks to them for the invitation. The group asked me to talk about various legal traps employers face in the hiring process and solutions to avoiding those issues.  Here are some of the points we talked… Continue Reading

Three Things Employers Can Do Right Now to Ensure Employment Law Compliance

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

While the temperature hasn’t felt like summer in Connecticut the last few days, judging by the traffic this morning, there are lots of you on vacation this week. If you’re one of the (un)lucky ones working this week, perhaps you have a few extra minutes to tackle some projects that have been on the back burner. In… Continue Reading

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training – August 27th

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

I’ve long since preached about the need for ongoing sexual harassment prevention training. My new firm, Shipman & Goodwin LLP has a series of trainings scheduled that should hopefully fit your schedule if you or your employees have a need for such training. The next one is scheduled for August 27th in Hartford from 7:45-10a. … Continue Reading

Back to the Basics on Sexual Harassment Prevention

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

With every new law that gets passed, it’s easy to overlook the existing requirements that employers must follow. After all, if employers are just tracking the new laws down without first nailing down compliance with “older” ones, then they are leaving themselves just as vulnerable to potential claims. One area that is easy to overlook… Continue Reading

Court Not “Up In the Air”: Travel for Work Does Not Violate “Familial Association” Right

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Litigation

George Clooney famously made business travel look (somewhat) cool in the movie, Up in the Air. Clooney’s character was single (really, would you expect otherwise?) and business travel was a bit glamorous (though a bit tedious as well). Perhaps not surprisingly, absent from the movie was a discussion of whether business travel could be the… Continue Reading

This Year in Employment Law, 2011 Edition – The Year of …

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Happy New Year everyone! Coming back from vacation is always a challenge. So many tasks from last year left unsettled and so many new things to tackle. As the new year begins, there’s a tendency to try to predict what the new year will bring.  Indeed, while catching up on some posts, I’ve been struck… Continue Reading

Lost in a Maze of Regulations? One Correct Path to Follow — Harassment Training

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

One of the great local treats in Connecticut this time of year is a corn maze. My favorite for the last few years is the one created by Lyman Orchards in Middlefield, CT.  (And while you’re there, don’t miss picking a few apples or getting a fresh apple pie). Mazes aren’t anything new. Employment lawyers and… Continue Reading

Legislature Approves Training for CHRO Members; Reduces Number of Human Rights Referees & Establishes Hearing Task Force

Posted in CHRO & EEOC

In implementing the budget agreement today, the Connecticut General Assembly approved of significant changes for the CHRO – changes that will ultimately lead to the creation of a new Office of Administrative Hearings. The bill now goes to the Governor; her signature is expected. Here are the highlights, courtesy of the Office of Legislative Research: Training… Continue Reading

EEOC Comes to Hartford For Employment Law Seminar

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Human Resources (HR) Compliance

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, like most federal agencies, is typically thought of as an enforcement agency, and nothing more. However, the EEOC also has a wide-ranging training program that it rolls out to various cities across the country "to help employers understand, prevent and correct discrimination in the workplace." These seminars, which fall within… 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

What I’m Reading About in Employment Law and HR Issues This Week

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

A few posts this week caught my eye: First, the HR Carnival has a great post this week about various HR issues, including how to train managers better.  And, best yet, you’ll find a link back to this blog.  Thanks to the writers of the Carnival for the reference. Kris Dunn, over at HR Captialist,  has an interesting… Continue Reading

Sexual Harassment Prevention Checkup – The Basics of Training and Posting

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Discrimination & Harassment

The headlines of the week nationally have certainly surrounded sexual harassment allegations both old and new.  (Note: Due to my firm’s involvement in one of those cases, I will not be blogging on it).  But with the issue back in the forefront, I’ve been surprised lately in my discussions by how some small to mid-size… Continue Reading