This morning, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of some pretty smart people in the hospitality industry about Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave law, which goes into effect on January 1, 2012.  After all, with the movie Contagion as the nation’s number one movie, sickness is something on people’s minds.

(I’ve previously

As employers in Connecticut know, state and federal laws differ when it comes to paying overtime. Some employees (like computer professionals) are exempt from overtime obligations under federal law, but not under state law.

The new Paid Sick Leave bill just makes a mess of this distinction even further.

How?

Well, the definition of “service

Senate Bill 913, as amended, contains one of the longest and wordiest definitions you’ll see in employment law.  What is it for? It defines who is a “service worker” and thus potentially covered if the employee is also hourly and non-exempt under federal (not state) law.  (Day and temporary workers are also excluded.).

According to the bill, it means “an employee primarily engaged in an occupation with one of the following broad or detailed occupation code numbers and titles, as defined by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupational Classification system or any successor system”

They are as follows (I have removed the code numbers for ease of reading, but they can be found in the bill itself if necessary):

  • Food Service Managers;
  • Medical and Health Services Managers;
  • Social Workers;

    Occupations and Their Codes are More Important Than Ever

  • Social and Human Service Assistants;
  • Community Health Workers;
  • Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other;
  • Librarians;
  • Pharmacists;
  • Physician Assistants;
  • Therapists;
  • Registered Nurses;
  • Nurse Anesthetists;
  • Nurse Midwives;
  • Nurse Practitioners;
  • Dental Hygienists;
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics;
  • Health Practitioner Support Technologists and Technicians;
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses;
  • Home Health Aides;
  • Nursing Aides, Orderlies and Attendants;
  • Psychiatric Aides;
  • Dental Assistants;
  • Medical Assistants;
  • Security Guards;
  • Crossing Guards;
  • Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers;
  • Cooks;
  • Food Preparation Workers;
  • Bartenders;
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Early Saturday morning, the Connecticut General Assembly passed two bills that will have a significant impact on employers in Connecticut.  Both bills now need to be signed by the Governor (who has indicated he will sign them).

First, the Senate passed House Bill 6599, which adds “gender identity or expression” as a new protected

There’s been plenty written about what the impact of the federal elections will be on national legislative efforts.  While at an ABA Conference last week, various legislative initiatives concerning independent contractors and the Employee Free Choice Act were now seen as as DOA.

But in Connecticut, we elected the first Democrat as Governor in over two