As I have for over a decade now, I attended the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting last week serving on the ABA’s House of Delegates – the organization’s main governing body. My exact position is actually State Delegate — a position that nominally makes the lead delegate of Connecticut’s delegation, though in practice it’s much
Employee’s Use of State E-mail Raises Question of Ethics…And a Lot More
Over the weekend, Jon Lender of the Hartford Courant reported on the "complicated" ethics case of former UConn Health Center medical technologist Priscilla Dickman. At issue: Whether state ethics laws were violated by "using state equipment, resources and time in furtherance of her private jewelry and travel consulting businesses."
A public hearing over the "ethics" side…
Quick Takes: Reprimanded Lawyer, Ethics Case, EFCA, ADEA & the Second Circuit, ERISA Standard of Review
The slow season of employment law news continues, which makes this a perfect time to roll-out the occasional Quick Takes post to discuss interesting nuggets and updates to recent posts.
- The Statewide Grievance Committee, on the day before Christmas, issued a formal reprimand to Maureen Duggan for "fraud and conduct prejudicial to the administration of
What Ever Happened To…That Ethics Case with the Anonymous Letter?
It has been several months since my last update on the matters involving former state Ethics Chief Alan Plofsky and the strange case of the lawyer who penned an anonymous letter complaining of Mr. Plofsky. (For background on the matters, you can find my prior posts here.)
The developments have been slow to…
Whatever Happened to….That Lawyer Who Penned an Anonymous Letter?
As I’ve mentioned before, sometimes cases hit the headlines for a day only to disappear into oblivion. But thanks to some followup reporting, there’s one story that we can give an update on.
Readers may recall a post from May of this year about a state attorney, Maureen Duggan, who wrote an anonymous letter about the state’s Ethics Chief…
Quick Updates: Ethics Case, Minimum Wage, NASCAR lawsuit, OWBPA and “Decisional Units”
Just time enough for some short updates on various posts from the last few weeks.
- You may recall a few weeks ago that the Governor vetoed a bill which would have increased the minimum wage in Connecticut to $8/hour in January 2009. While there has been talk of a possible override session, it’s difficult to get
In Relying on Anonymous Complaints for Investigations, Reader Beware
In the corporate world as well as government, anonymous complaints about personnel — whether to a hotline, or via the mail — are seen as the price of doing business. These anonymous whistleblowers sometimes can’t speak out because of their circumstances and some have legitimate points to make. And some companies readily encourage such complaints…