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This is Why the Number of Employees You Have Matters in Employment Law

There are many confusing aspects of employment law — not the least of which is that certain laws only apply to employers of a certain size. For example, the federal age discrimination law, ADEA, only applies to a business...more

The One Area of Connecticut Law Employers Love (For Now)

Over the weekend, The New York Times ran a surprising (at least to me) article about how Idaho has implemented a legal framework that gives employers a great deal of flexibility in an area getting a good deal more publicity...more

Want to Help Refugees? You Can Always Hire One. Legally.

Over the last few months, I’ve had a few opportunities to use my legal background to help shed some light on refugee resettlement. Back in February, I helped Connecticut lawyers introduce and sponsor a resolution at the...more

How Will Federal Legal and Regulatory Changes Impact Connecticut Employers?

For the last six years, you haven’t seen much on this blog about changes to federal employment laws because, well, there just weren’t any. What we DID see, however, were changes to regulations and enforcement orders....more

The Dialogue: Sex Harassment in the Workplace — Still an Issue, but How Much?

The Dialogue, a online conversation between yours truly and a prominent employee-side attorney, Nina Pirrotti, returns today with another installment — this time tackling the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace. As...more

Recommendations for Uber Are Roadmap for All?

If you had a million dollars (or more) to investigate your culture, what would you find out? (Music fans may appreciate the classic “If I Had a Million Dollars” song from the Barenaked Ladies. You’re welcome.)...more

Legislative Recap: Pregnancy Accommodations But No Paid FMLA

Well, the Connecticut General Assembly ended earlier this week and, as predicted, it ended with a whimper and not a bang. Many employment law proposals failed to receive votes, including those on minimum wage and Paid FMLA,...more

Last Regular Session Day of Connecticut Legislature: Where We Stand

Today is the last day of the Connecticut General Assembly regular session. So it’s a good time to take a look at some of the bills pending or passed. ...more

Court: Temps May Not be “Employees” Under Workers Compensation Law, Allowing Lawsuit

As I continue to work on a major redesign and relaunch that I hope (!) to roll out by month’s end which has held up some blog posts, my colleague Gary Starr returns this morning with a new post regarding a recent Connecticut...more

Legislative Update: Pregnancy Discrimination Protections Under State Law Changing?

On Tuesday, May 23rd, the Connecticut House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a measure that would greatly expand the already broad anti-discrimination provision that exist under Connecticut law. The bill, House Bill...more

In Firing Employees, A Bit of Humanity Still Helps

Your employee that you are firing should not hear about his firing from a television report first. I suppose that would seem an obvious rule to follow....more

Citing Statistics, Yankee Institute Critical of CHRO - Again

This week, the Yankee Institute for Public Policy, a self-described “free market” think tank, issued an article suggesting that Connecticut had nearly the same number of discrimination complaints as our neighboring state,...more

The Dialogue: Workplace Complaints and Happy Endings As Rare As Unicorn Frappuccinos?

The Dialogue — one of more popular recurring posts — returns for the third time. Does that mean the third time’s the charm?...more

Pay Equity Bill Passes House; Awaits Senate Vote

Yesterday, the Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass legislation that would promote pay equity among men and women. However, the bill lacks a key provision that would have barred prospective employers from...more

Title VII and Sexual Orientation Debate Largely Moot in Connecticut

Over the last week or so, there have been two prominent Circuit Court decisions addressing whether Title VII (the federal law prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion and national...more

HR’s Increasing Role in Ensuring Data Privacy

Last night I had the opportunity to speak to the Colonial Total Rewards Association on the topic of Data Privacy and HR. I titled the presentation “Is Your HR Data Going Rogue” and really focused on the role that Human...more

BREAKING: Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Restaurant Cannot Apply Tip Credit to Pizza Delivery Drivers

The Connecticut Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision that will be officially released April 4, 2017, has ruled that employers may not use the “tip credit” for pizza delivery drivers and therefore, the employees must be paid...more

What Does “At Will” Employment Really Mean?

Years ago, I recall having a friendly conversation with another attorney in Connecticut where the topic turned to the notion of “At Will” employment. When we couldn’t settle on an answer, we moved on to talking about...more

Second Circuit Rejects Employee’s Trypanophobia Claim

You don’t need to look for a needle in a haystack to figure out this latest case from the Second Circuit. But you do need to know what “trypanophobia” is....more

Four Compliance Items Connecticut Employers Can Check Now

It’s a challenge for employers to keep up with changes to employment laws. What’s the current status? What do I need to change? So, here are four quick things you can look at right now to ensure that you are up to...more

Where Are Your Employees? (Hint: It May Not Be Facebook Anymore)

I recently gave a presentation on social media to a local non-profit and had the opportunity to review some of the latest statistics when it comes to the use of social media. Frankly, I knew that there has been a shift...more

A Rare Look Into An Employee’s Duty of Loyalty to the Employer

After nine-plus years of writing about employment law in Connecticut, it’s getting to be pretty rare to find a topic that I haven’t at least touched upon, but here’s one: The Duty of Loyalty. Indeed, a new Connecticut...more

The Dialogue: What Legislation We’re Keeping Our Eyes On

If at first you succeed, try it again. Well, that may not be how the saying goes, but the first back-and-forth post between me and Nina Pirrotti, an employee-side attorney, was so well received that we’re back for...more

Breaking: Conn. Supreme Court Clarifies ABC Test for Independent Contractors

I’m back with news of a relatively big decision today from the Connecticut Supreme Court. In the decision, the Court clarified an important question that the Connecticut Department of Labor had been pushing hard....more

No Love for Guns in Workplace Is Protected, Court Finds

While the calendar may read Valentine’s Day, I’ve tackled more than my fair share of love-themed posts in the past filled with roses and chocolates. So instead, I’m going to go in a different direction entirely: Guns....more

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