Imagine, as that old movie plot goes, falling asleep 25 years ago and waking up now. Beyond the technology, there might be nothing stranger than driving on Connecticut highways and seeing billboards for selling cannabis (in Massachusetts) nearly every mile.  (Though, don’t look now, but the state is banning those.)

Well, it’s about to

Obviously, the big news of last week was that a federal court struck down the mask mandate for public transportation.

But from a bigger employment law perspective, there may be other rules with a shelf life too. The road we are travelling on is not in a straight line.  The big question for now is

The “short” session of the Connecticut General Assembly is wrapping up early next month so it’s a good opportunity to take a peek at the items that are still in contention for passage this term.  Many of the bills that are still being considered relate to the “labor” side of Labor & Employment Law.  Here

This isn’t the end of the pandemic. But it’s starting to feel a lot closer than it has for a while.

First off, the omicron wave has crested in Connecticut. There may still be more variants to worry about but at least for now (a few weeks? months?), cases are declining significantly in Connecticut —

As I’ve been going over this week, employers have a lot of new obligations under Connecticut law.

This next one is pretty arcane. (In fact it was on line 12415 of page 408 of the budget implementer bill).

Here’s the new rule:

Effective December 1, 2021 (and annually through December 1, 2024), any

Maybe it’s the Delta variant. Or maybe the publicity regarding Walmart and Disney. But over the last two weeks or so, there’s been a renewed interest in whether employers can mandate vaccines in Connecticut.

Indeed, we have been fielding lots of questions from employers (and friends and family) about mandatory vaccination policies.  But many of

A new website by Connecticut on cannabis use was announced by Governor Lamont’s administration over the weekend.   Unfortunately, it contains an error regarding the cannabis use and the workplace; it highlights the mess that has been created by the General Assembly on the cannabis bill.

Here’s one example.

Over the weekend, the website began

This week, my colleague Sarah Westby and I published a detailed look at the new legal cannabis law in Connecticut and what it means for employers. I’m not going to duplicate the post here but strongly encourage you to read it.

One thing that didn’t make it in the post was strange provision found in

Earlier today, I appeared on Dennis House’s Sunday News Show, “This Week in Connecticut” on WTNH, to talk about the state’s new legal cannabis law and its implications for the workplace.

My thanks to Dennis for the invitation to bring this issues to employers and discuss how employers are going to need to adapt