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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

The Dialogue: Hiring Employees the Right Way (From Different Sides)

I’ll confess. I’m excited about today’s post. It’s hard to find something new to do after nearly 10 years of blogging, but I think today’s post is pretty innovative....more

Mary Tyler Moore Taught Us One of the Best Employment Discrimination Lessons

Mary Roberts’ job interview with Lou Grant is, perhaps one of the most famous job interviews ever. So says Time magazine. Before I go on, though, there are probably more than a few of you who don’t know what I’m...more

Could “The Last Jedi” Actually Be Practicing Religion in Your Workplace?

Yesterday, news came out that Episode 8 (I mean, VIII) of the Star Wars series would be named “The Last Jedi”. Which reminded me about an article in The New York Times I saw a few weeks ago that I had been meaning to...more

New York (State and City) Imposes New Rules for Freelancers, State Contracts

My colleagues, Clarisse Thomas, Keegan Drenosky and I have been busy keeping track of the developments in New York which may impact Connecticut employers with cross-border business. Here are two of the most recent...more

Connecticut Legislative Session Preview: Is a New State Overtime Rule In Play?

The Connecticut General Assembly is back in session and with significant budget deficits looming, it’s not going to be an easy year for legislators. From a labor and employment law session, once again it will be...more

Phishing Scam Targets HR Professionals By Seeking W-2s

With the new year upon us, cyberthieves are once again attempting to prey on unwitting HR professionals, as my colleague William Roberts explained in an article last week for SHRM on phishing. The scam goes like this. As...more

Punitive Damages Not Available For State Employment Discrimination Claims

In a decision that will be officially released next week, the Connecticut Supreme Court has, at last, ruled that punitive damages are not an available remedy for state law employment discrimination claims. You may recall...more

Looking Back and Ahead to Employment Law in 2017

For many years, I’ve used my first post each year to look back and ahead at the area of employment law. My record of predictions has been about what you would expect someone predicting the future — about average....more

General Assembly Committee Releases Report Critical of CHRO Complaint Processing

Last week, the Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee released a 129-page report on the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, with a focus on Discrimination Complaint Processing. ...more

Deep Dive Into CHRO Case Statistics Show Increases in “Harassment” Claims

As I did last year, after I posted on the general statistics of the CHRO to see if we could glean any trends, I took a deeper dive into what the statistics this year show. And there were definitely a few surprises....more

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