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Connecticut Independent Schools Required to Perform Background Checks on Potential Employees Effective July 1, 2017

In 2016, Connecticut passed legislation that significantly expanded the scope of background check requirements for public schools when hiring new employees. That law, colloquially referred to as the “Pass the Trash” bill,...more

Employers Take Note: Employment Applications Must Comply With "Ban the Box" Legislation by January 1, 2017

If you have not already done your “Ban the Box” revisions to your initial employment application paperwork there is still time, but do not delay! Effective January 1, 2017 Connecticut prohibits employers from asking about a...more

New OSHA Rule Restricts Post-Accident Drug Testing -- Enforcement Begins November 1, 2016

Federal law has traditionally imposed very few limitations or requirements on drug testing of employees. That changes on August 10, 2016, when a new reporting rule issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration...more

New Year Will Usher in Changes to Connecticut's Minimum Wage

As a reminder to employers, the Connecticut minimum wage will be raised to $9.60 per hour effective January 1, 2016. Although the federal minimum wage is $7.25, Connecticut employers must pay the higher rate under state law....more

The Department of Labor Says There Are Essentially No Independent Contractors

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued an Administrator’s Interpretation letter on the topic of misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Their conclusion is that “most workers are employees under the...more

Overtime Pay Changes on the Horizon

With great fanfare, President Obama announced a plan to potentially raise the incomes of white collar employees. The proposed federal regulation would make white collar employees eligible for overtime pay after 40 hours...more

New Prohibitions on Discrimination for Unpaid Interns

On June 19, 2015, the governor signed into law a series of protections for unpaid interns. The new law, Public Act No. 15-56, extends the prohibitions on discrimination and harassment from the Connecticut Fair Employment...more

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