Wednesday was supposed to be the first day of vacation for me and my family in Florida.

Instead, I spent it at home helping clients run from one crisis to another.

It’s pretty amazing how quickly all of our lives have changed so dramatically.

Also amazing: Congress passed major legislation on leave related to COVID-19. 

A federal bill banning workplace discrimination (known as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act “ENDA) on the basis of sexual orientation cleared a key procedural hurdle last night as the Senate voted to begin debate on the measure, 61-30.   Passage by the Senate is now expected later this week.   (You can find my prior coverage of ENDA

As many wait for the Supreme Court’s decision later this term on same-sex marriages, one issue that seems to get lost in the shuffle is the fact that there is still no federal law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation.

For employers in Connecticut, this is basically a non-issue because Connecticut

Late Thursday night, President Obama signed a measure that extends the COBRA premium subsidy for another two months — to May 31, 2010.

The subsidy had expired on March 31, 2010 when Congress failed to act on this measure before its recess.  However, yesterday, Congress approved a bill that covers all those who have

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The health care bill debate seems all consuming. At least in terms of press coverage.

But yesterday, the House of Representatives passed a defense spending bill (H.R. 3326) that, according to the DC Employment Law Update:  "prevents most defense contractors and subcontractors from forcing their employees or independent contractors to sign, as a condition

Earlier this year, the Supreme Court revisited the subject of arbitration provisions in the employment context, creating some concern among legislators about the implications of this decision. 

In this week’s Connecticut Law Tribune, my colleague Cara Ceraso has drafted a nifty article about legislation now pending in Congress that would allow employees to bring their

Learning about our nation’s employment laws and labor history, and creating more educational opportunities are certainly worthwhile endeavors.  Indeed, in this time of economic turmoil, investing in vocational and education programs may be viewed as a down payment on getting more people into a taxpaying role. 

To that end the Omnibus Appropriations Bill passed by Congress in