Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA
Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA

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Continuing to recap various employment law bills out of the Connecticut General Assembly, the legislature passed a measure Wednesday night that brings Connecticut’s FMLA law more in line with the federal counterpart.

The federal FMLA was amended back in 2008 (prior post on the

The Department of Labor today proposed new regulations of the FMLA that would explain further the military family leave provisions and incorporate some special provisions for airline flight crews. 

The new proposed regulations are in response to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 which amended the FMLA to extend the military caregiver

Air Force Memorial in Arlington, VA

Today is Veterans Day (with no apostrophe for those spelling at home).  So besides saying a big “thank you” to all those who have served, it seems appropriate to revisit the laws applicable to veterans in the workplace in a post today.  (The U.S. Department of Labor has their own set of posts here.)

There are obviously many excellent resources for employers to turn to when dealing with or seeking out veterans in the workplace.  The DOL has created a “toolkit” for employers on the major issues that are implicated.  At a local level, the Connecticut Department of Labor also has a website to making sure that employers consider veterans in their hiring practices.

The key law for employers to understand is the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). The DOL has a separate interactive website devoted to the intricacies of the law.   But in case you only have a few minutes, here are the highlights:

What Employers Are Covered by USERRA?

Any person, institution, organization, or other entity that pays salary or wages for work performed or that has control over employment opportunities. There are no exceptions to coverage for the type of organization (i.e. charitable or government) or for small employers.


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Earlier this afternoon, President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010.  By doing so, he approved of several changes to the FMLA .  But before you rip up your existing FMLA policies, the provisions relate to the military-related leaves under the Act.  (H/T Ohio Employer’s Law Blog)  The changes as a whole

With the legislative session ending on Wednesday at midnight, there’s a lot for employers to keep an eye out. Here’s a quick summary of what’s still alive and what’s not, at the Connecticut General Assembly.

  • Senate Bill 365 (S.B. 365) – A bill that would prohibit so-called captive audience meetings by employers (typically regarding a