It’s a challenge for employers to keep up with changes to employment laws. What’s the current status? What do I need to change?
So, here are four quick things you can look at right now to ensure that you are up to compliance in Connecticut.
- Connecticut increased the minimum wage effective January 1, 2017. It’s now up to $10.10 per hour. Are all your employees now at that minimum wage?
- Connecticut’s new Fair Change Employment Law went into effect January 1, 2017. That means that most employers are not allowed to ask about a prospective employee’s prior arrests, criminal charges or convictions on an initial employment application unless the employer is required to do so by state or federal law, or a bond is required for the position for which the applicant is seeking. When did you last update your employment application?
- Last summer, Connecticut updated it’s state family & medical leave law to mirror federal FMLA law that allows an employee to take a leave for a “qualifying exigency”. Recall too that Connecticut allows employees to take leave in order to serve as an organ or bone marrow donor. When did you last update your FMLA policy?
- Effective October 1, 2016, employers may now offer the use of payroll cards to deliver wages so long as the employee “voluntary and express authorizes” the payment of wages by that method and the employer provides a “clear and conspicuous notice” to employees about the use of it. Have you updated your notices and have your received authorizations from your employees on the use of payroll cards?