With another holiday weekend approaching, there’s time enough this morning for a few quick stories about a wide range of employment issues with relevance to employers in Connecticut. As I look out from my office (and wondering where the snow is in Hartford), here are a few stories to ponder:
- The Connecticut General Assembly is just beginning its 2009. Inside the Capitol, a blog run by the Connecticut Business and Industry Association, has started posting updates relating to new labor bills being introduced. The first is entitled Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitative Therapy For Individuals Who Have Witnessed a Colleague’s Death. Suffice to say, the CBIA doesn’t think much of the bill.
- Back in Washington, DC, new employment law bills continue to be introduced. The Washington DC Employment Law Update has word of a new bill which would increase penalties to up to $50,000 per offense for employers who hire undocumented workers. This bill seems unlikely to be on the administration’s agenda in the near term, but it’s worth tracking.
- A blog I’ve followed for a while, the Evil HR Lady, had an interesting post this week about "super secret HR stuff" that she shared. You’ll be happy to learn, however, that there really isn’t much super secret stuff out there. But she also provides some helpful information about when an HR manager should act to save the company money in both the short and long term.
- The Wait a Second blog (which reports on matters relevant to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals — in which Connecticut is located) reports on a thorny case trying to determine what is protected free speech for employees and whether the filing of a retaliation claim can give rise to a free speech claim. Although the specific case is out of federal court in New York, it touches on issues and cases directly relevant to Connecticut issues.
- Never one to hide her true feelings, Connecticut Law Tribune columnist (and attorney) Karen Lee Torre suggests in a column this week that Lilly Ledbetter — of recent U.S. Supreme Court fame — is no victim. Considering that Torre has represented plaintiffs in employment law cases for a living, her dismissal of Ledbetter is striking. It’s well worth reading to understand that the Ledbetter case was more about statute of limitations, and less about sex discrimination. Meanwhile, the bill is expected to be debated in the U.S. Senate today.
- Particularly for employment lawyers out there, the Workplace Prof reports on a recent NLRB decision that held that an attorney’s question to an employees about their union activities, including whether they voted for the union, constituted an unfair labor practice.
- Finally, with all of the focus on the new FMLA regulations, employers shouldn’t forget about the new ADA amendments as well.The Delaware Employment Law Blog recently highlighted a resources that I’ve suggested for years, from the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) JAN has now updated its site with additional resources in compliance with the new law.
For those who don’t know about JAN, Molly DiBianca fills you in:
All wise employers know about the power of JAN. JAN is a treasure trove of accommodation-related information. If you have questions about what options there are for accommodating just about any disability, JAN is the place to look. And JAN provides not only the answer but actually gives you direct resources for purchasing the necessary goods and services.