Jonathan Orleans

Jonathan Orleans

Pullman & Comley, LLC

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Connecticut Congressman Sponsors “Payroll Fraud Prevention Act”

Readers of this blog will be aware that the misclassification of employees as independent contractors has been a major concern of state and federal authorities for several years. Employers don’t provide workers compensation...more

6/12/2014 - Classification Corporate Counsel DOL Employer Liability Issues FLSA Fraud Independent Contractors Misclassification Wage and Hour Wages

Unpaid Summer Internships Are A Bad Deal – For Employers

With summer fast approaching, it seems a good time to brush up on the topic of summer internships. Plenty of high school and college students – even recent college graduates – would be grateful for the opportunity to learn...more

5/26/2014 - DOL FLSA Internships Minimum Wage Unpaid Interns

“May I Record A Conversation With My Employee Without His Knowledge?”

At the Pullman & Comley Labor, Employment, and Employee Benefits Seminar recently, I was asked by one of the attendees, an HR Director, whether she could record a disciplinary meeting with a troublesome employee without...more

4/22/2014 - Audio Recording Surveillance

Athletics For Disabled Students

In what seems a surprising move to many, particularly for the Obama Administration, the Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) has backed away from last year’s strong policy statement on access to...more

4/8/2014 - Athletes Department of Education Disability Students

Revamping Overtime Regulations: No Specifics Yet

President Obama announced this week that he is directing the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” existing overtime regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. He characterized the current regulations as...more

3/14/2014 - Employee Rights Exempt-Employees FLSA Non-Exempt Employees Unpaid Overtime

Employee or Independent Contractor? – If You Have the Right to Control Them, They’re Yours

When we analyze the question whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor, we usually approach the issue from the point of view of the Connecticut Department of Labor and apply the “ABC” test, or from the...more

2/6/2014 - Classification DOL Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors IRS Trucking Industry

Supreme Court Defines “Clothes”

Yesterday (January 27), the Supreme Court issued a ruling that defines the word “clothes” for purposes of a federal statute that allows employers and unions to bargain over pay for time spent by employees “changing clothes or...more

1/29/2014 - Collective Bargaining Sandifer v U.S. Steel Corp SCOTUS Unions Wage and Hour Workplace Attire

Investigating Employee Complaints – An Employer’s Double Bind

An employee, having been notified of his impending termination, complains to his employer of discrimination. A human resources professional retained by the employer to investigate the complaint concludes that the employee...more

1/10/2014 - Compliance Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Human Resources Professionals Internal Investigations Termination

Should Biological Fathers Receive the Same Leave Benefits as Adoptive Parents?

Maybe you saw this article “Standing Up for the Rights of New Fathers,” in the New York Times a few weeks ago about the new dad, a reporter for CNN, who filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC against Time Warner (CNN’s...more

12/4/2013 - Adoption Child Custody EEOC Parental Leave Paternity

Anti-Raiding Agreements Can Cause Big Trouble For Employers

Recent developments in two California lawsuits confirm that employers take big risks if they agree with competitors not to recruit each other’s employees. Apple, Google, eBay, Intuit, and other large technology companies...more

11/11/2013 - Anti-Raiding Antitrust Litigation DOJ Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

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