In trying to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace, how do we go beyond just training?

That is, in essence, the question that my colleagues (Jarad Lucan and Ashley Marshall) and I have been talking about recently.

And, fortunately for you, a topic of a free CLE webinar we are putting on a few weeks.  It’s set for February 13th at 12 p.m.

What we are really looking at is how do you get your company culture and actions in line to try to reduce and eradicate sexual harassment from your workplace?

It does not, obviously, happen overnight.  Perhaps it’s revising your policies. Perhaps it’s adding an ombudsman program if you’re large enough.

Or perhaps it involves encouragement of employee complaints so that you can tackle the issue more directly.

There is no one size fits all to this but it’s an important enough topic (naturally) that we wanted to devote a CLE webinar just to this.

Hope you can join us for this timely topic.

With the new federal overtime rules going into effect later this year, I thought it would be useful to talk about in a free webinar.

And apparently, many of you think it would be useful too because in the 48 hours that we’ve opened up the signups to our webinar, we already have a record-breaking number of signups.

worker3But because it’s online, we have room for more.  So consider this your invite to attend a free webinar on June 7th from noon to 1 p.m. EDT.

Topics will include:

  • Overview of the new federal overtime rule
  • Comparison with Connecticut’s existing (and unchanged) wage and hour rules
  • Tips on how to comply with both state and federal law
  • Discussion of common scenarios arising under the new law

I know there’s a lot of anxiety about these rules, but I hope this webinar can put a smile to your face and ease some of your concerns.

If not, then watch the James Corden version of the “Chewbacca Mom” meme.    If that doesn’t put a smile to your face, I’m not sure the webinar is going to help.

A few weeks ago, I posted a "Save the Date" for a half-day seminar that my firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department and teased that we had some great things lined up.  Today I get to share the exciting information and write to encourage you to sign up quickly as we expect this to fill up quickly.

The labor & employment seminar, titled "Meeting Today’s Employment Law Challenges: Practical Solutions to Complex Workplace Problems" is now set for May 20, 2011 from 8-1:30 p.m. at the Hartford Club.

You can register here or by e-mailing  If you have further questions, please feel free to call my firm at (860) 424-4344. 

First, the headlines:

  • U.S. Congressman Joseph Courtney will be our breakfast speaker.
  • Deputy Labor Commissioner Dennis Murphy will be our featured lunch speaker
  • This half-day program is free to all attendees and will feature complimentary breakfast and lunch as well. 

If that isn’t enough of a reason to attend, here are some additional details on the rest of the morning.

The day will include four sessions by Pullman & Comley attorneys who will offer practical, real-world answers to the myriad labor and employment law issues facing Connecticut businesses.

Among the topics: 

  • Drowning in a Sea of Paperwork: Are Your Documents in Order (Hiring, Restrictive Covenants, FMLA, I-9s and Immigration, etc.)
  • Highlights from Court Decisions and Key Legislative Developments Over the Last Year
  • "To Friend or Not to Friend": Technology and the Workplace
  • Five Wage & Hour Issues Every Workplace Must Know

Registration and breakfast is from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., presentations are from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m, and lunch with keynote speaker is from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

This presentation is several months in the making and as one of the organizers of the event, I’m excited about the lineup. I hope you are too and I look forward to seeing many of you there.  Again, space is limited so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible. 

Our monthly free monthly webinar series continues on Wednesday, December 8th at noon EST with a unique program on whether employers can adopt English-only rules.  You can register here to join us.  

This should be a terrific one-hour program that you can listen to during your lunch hour.  Even if you’re not considering adopting formal rules, sometimes these types of policies can get passed down informally.  Two of my colleagues, Rick Robinson and Megan Youngling Carannante will address the group; Rick obtained a favorable result for a client in one such case and we will be able to answer questions during the session.  

The program will review appellate decisions on the subject and the history of legislative and administrative developments.  The goals of the program are to equip practitioners and in-house counsel with the ability to answer their clients when they ask, “Are English- Only Rules legal?” and to identify the strategies they must follow when their clients say, “I want to fight to keep my rule.”  

Even pop culture is getting into the act.  A new song, "We No Speak Americano" has quickly become a favorite in the United States.  There are a few spots remaining for tomorrow’s program.  Don’t miss out.