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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

New Complaint Highlights Continuing Battle over Pay Disparity by Gender in Sports

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Litigation, Wage & Hour

This morning came word that members of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team are filing a discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on the grounds that they are paid less than their male counterparts. According to press reports, “the filing, citing figures from the USSF’s 2015 financial report, says that despite the women’s team… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Persuader Rules, Class Action Lawsuits, Prevailing Party, E-mail Phishing

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Class Actions, Data Privacy, Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Labor Law & NLRB, Laws and Regulations, Wage & Hour

With Opening Day of baseball season nearly upon us, it’s time again to bring back a “Quick Hits” segment to recap a few noteworthy (but not completely post-worthy) employment law items you might have missed recently. The U.S. Department of Labor released the final version of new “persuader” rules which will become effective April 25,… Continue Reading

Keep Calm & Carry On: New Federal White-Collar Overtime Rules Still Not Released

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

Over the last few days, Twitter has been a-twittering with buzz that the Department of Labor has sent the final overtime rules to the OMB. This is the equivalent of one department sending another one an e-mail with the new rules. Why? Because it’s just the next step in getting the rules approved.  But nothing… Continue Reading

Independent Contractor Ruling: A Deeper Dive

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

As I return from some time off, my colleagues, Gary Starr and Chris Engler, have dug a bit deeper into the Connecticut Supreme Court decision from last week and issued this alert which we have also sent to clients.  A deeply divided Connecticut Supreme Court recently issued a long-awaited decision, Standard Oil v. Administrator, regarding… Continue Reading

BREAKING: CT Supreme Court Gives Employers Using Independent Contractors A Big Victory

Posted in Featured, Highlight, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Late this morning, the Connecticut Supreme Court released one of its most important decisions on employment law in years. I’ve been talking about it prior posts but its decision is a welcome surprise for employers who feared the worst.  Because I’m out of the office for a few days, I’ve asked my colleague Chris Engler… Continue Reading

“Ban the Box” Bill Would Also Protect Felons From Discrimination

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

As the General Assembly session heats up, several legislators are calling for passage of the so-called “Ban the Box” legislation. Versions of this have been floated for years, but one legislator called this year’s bill the “most important bill” to come out of the legislature this year. So, that means that employers ought to keep… Continue Reading

Did You Hear the One About the “Joint Employer”?

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

It’s hard getting excited about joint employment. In fact, it’s pretty yawn-inducing.  (Seriously, get a cup of coffee before reading this.) But a few weeks back, the Department of Labor issued some new guidance on the topic that has been making the rounds of the employment law blogs. Now, you might be asking — what… Continue Reading

Independent Contractors: Can You Still Use Them?

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

A while back, I got this question: Can we still use independent contractors for our business? This answer is certainly yes. But you wouldn’t know it from all the headlines of late. And you wouldn’t think so by the attacks on the use of independent contractors by government agencies.  Take this quote from the U.S…. Continue Reading

Changes at the CHRO and Connecticut DOL

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

The state agencies that employers have to deal with the most on employment law issues made two announcements this week regarding their leadership ranks. The Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities has announced that Michele Mount has been named the Chief Human Rights Referee. Ms. Mount has been a Human Rights referee for the CHRO… Continue Reading

Watch the Employer Deductions — Except for One Special Case

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

Connecticut has pretty strict rules that employers must follow if they want to take deductions off of an employee’s salary.  Typically, an employer must seek CTDOL approval for all sorts of deductions, which I covered back in a 2012 post. But what happens if an employer makes a mistake on a paycheck and overpays an… Continue Reading

New Year, New Minimum Wage in Connecticut

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

For yet another year, Connecticut’s minimum wage is on the increase. Effective January 1, 2016, the Connecticut minimum wage will be raised to $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Although the federal minimum wage is $7.25, Connecticut employers must pay the higher rate under state law. The updated wage and hour law poster, including… Continue Reading

Tis the Season for Good Party Planning

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

It’s mostly a coincidence that my colleague, Jarad Lucan returns today with a post on a favorite topic of ours: Holiday parties.  While most of it isn’t groundbreaking (holiday parties haven’t changed all that much over the last decade), Jarad really focuses in on the key issues. So, enjoy your holiday parties over the next… Continue Reading

Employees Participating in Court Proceedings May Have Protection

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

My colleague, Jarad Lucan (who just won a New Leader of the Law award from the Connecticut Law Tribune!) returns today with a post about the protections employees who testify in court may have.  Most employers (at least those employers that read this blog on a regular basis) know that it is illegal to subject… Continue Reading

USDOL Final Revisions to White Collar Exemptions Coming in 2016

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

Over the next few days, I hope to provide a few updates from attending last week’s ABA Labor & Employment Law Annual Conference in Philadelphia.  There were many good, substantive programs there and lots to be gleaned for employers. One of the sessions focused on the proposed revisions to the white collar overtime exemptions that… Continue Reading

Drafting Employment Agreements – What Can We Learn from Ralph Lauren

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

One of the little facts that’s not widely known is that the SEC typically publishes all sorts of executive employment agreements for publicly-traded companies.  They’re ready and available for download. Why might the average person do that? Well, for one, these agreements can sometimes contain the latest and greatest “crowd-sourced” language for executive agreements.  For… Continue Reading

When Parent Has Been Unlawfully Fired, Can Kids Sue Employer? Court Overrules Precedent

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

The Connecticut Law Tribune reported earlier this month on a new Connecticut Supreme Court case that, for the first time, allowed claims brought by kids to proceed based on injuries suffered by their parents. Plaintiffs’ lawyers have a new weapon in their arsenal. The state Supreme Court, in a split decision, has ruled that Connecticut… Continue Reading

Despite Ruling, Free Speech Statute Continues To Offers Some Defenses

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

In two prior posts this week here and here, I talked about the significance of a new Connecticut Supreme Court case that has expanded the free speech rights of employees in the workplace. For more on the case itself, check out these articles from the Hartford Courant and the Connecticut Law Tribune But do employers… Continue Reading

Expanding Employee Free Speech Rights: How Bad Is the Court’s Decision for Employers?

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

In yesterday’s post, I alerted you to a new Connecticut Supreme Court decision (Trusz v. UBS Realty Investors, LLC) that expanded employee free speech rights under the Connecticut Constitution. But I wanted some time to think about the answer to the following question: How much did the court expand it? And to that question, there… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Connecticut Supreme Court Expands Employee Free Speech Claims

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

In an unanimous decision that was released late this morning, the Connecticut Supreme Court ruled the limits to free speech limits established by the U.S. Supreme Court in its Garcetti decision — namely that speech pursuant to an employee’s official job duties was not protected — did not apply to claims brought under the Connecticut… Continue Reading

BREAKING: Connecticut Department of Labor Commissioner to Retire At End of Year

Posted in Labor Law & NLRB, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Sharon Palmer, the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Labor, will retire at the end of this year, news that was first reported by the CT Mirror website. According to CT Mirror: In an interview, she described her decision to retire as driven by age and circumstance, not politics or a consequence of overseeing the… Continue Reading

Lucky You: Workplace Gambling Webinar Set for October 20th

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

My New York Football Giants are 0-2 so far this year.  It’s been ugly. But all is not lost for me. Why? My fantasy football team — the Hartford Hotspurs (with a wink to my favorite soccer team, the Tottenham Hotspurs) — is 2-0 so far. Now, you may be wondering what this has to… Continue Reading

After Hours iPhone and Android Use By Employees Raises Wage/Hour Concerns (Again!)

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

So, you remember February 2009, right? We were all aflutter over Liam Neeson in Taken (ok, I still haven’t seen it).  And we were listening to “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson (still a good song.) And I had a Blackberry Bold and loved it. (I know; even lawyers can plead temporary… Continue Reading

Trivia Time for HR Professionals – Six Questions of the Day

Posted in CHRO & EEOC, Featured, Highlight, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center, Wage & Hour

I recently was invited the join the “Learned League”, which has been described by the Washington Post as the “coolest, weirdest Internet community you’ll never be able to join.” Needless to say, now that I’m participating in it, I’m wondering if I’m either cool or weird or both. The league is a hodge-podge of various… Continue Reading