Pullman & Comley - Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law

The Basic Steps for an Employer to Comply with the Uniformed Services Leave Act

Since the law has been on the books for over a decade, most employers know that employees serving in our armed services who are called to active or reserve duty are entitled to job reinstatement, within certain parameters, once…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Military Law

Bad News, Good News: Disability Discrimination Plaintiff Sometimes Need Not Show He Was Qualified, But May Never Recover Punitive Damages

In a decision to be officially released on May 19, 2015, the Connecticut Appellate Court has addressed two interesting issues in the state law of employment discrimination, one of which is of considerable importance (and…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Timing and Consistency in Employee Discipline

A recent case decided by the Connecticut Appellate Court illustrates the importance of timing and consistency in administering employee discipline. In Barbee v. Sysco Connecticut, LLC, an opinion released on April 28, 2015, the…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Worker’s Compensation

City of Waterbury v. Connecticut Alliance of City Police — A New Standard of Impartiality for Arbitrators in Interest Arbitrations?

The Superior Court’s decision in City of Waterbury v. Connecticut Alliance of City Police, could mark the emergence of a new standard of impartiality for party-selected arbitrators in Municipal Employee Relations Act [“MERA”]…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Retaliation Claims Shouldn’t Be a Form of Job Security

I recently overheard a plaintiff’s employment lawyer quip that the best form of job security for an employee is to file a retaliation claim. While there may be some plausibility to that, it is certainly not a truism. There is…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

A Tip for Employers: Be Aware of How the Department of Labor Interprets Its Regulations

This story applies directly only to the restaurant industry, but it is a cautionary tale for every employer in Connecticut subject to the Department of Labor’s authority to write and interpret its regulations…more
| Administrative Law, Labor & Employment Law

Alternative Visa Strategies in The Aftermath of The Record-Breaking April 2015 H-1B Lottery

The United States Citizenship & Immigration Service announced yesterday that it received nearly 233,000 H-1B visa petitions in the first week of the application window for the 85,000 cap-subject visas available for fiscal year…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Insubordination Can Disqualify an Employee From Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Unemployment compensation is a form of social insurance. Workers who lose their jobs receive benefits – which are less than they earned when employed – to provide a level of income while transitioning to the next job. …more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

What is The “Right To Work”?

With a bill signed into law last month, Wisconsin became the nation’s 25th “right to work” state. In this context, right-to-work means the right of an employee of a unionized company to retain his job even if he chooses not to…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Common Sense Prevails: Arbitration Award OK’ing On-Duty Drug Usage Overturned

In the world of labor arbitration, common sense sometimes takes a holiday. Fortunately, a Superior Court judge recently overturned an arbitrator’s attempt at second guessing an employer’s response to serious misconduct…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

The Perennial Problem of References

Most employers would be very happy to receive a frank appraisal from a prospective employee’s former employer. Yet most employers are themselves reluctant to give references concerning former employees, or any information…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Personal Injury

Potential New Salary Minimum for Exempt Employees

The test for classifying employees as exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s overtime requirements may be briefly summarized as follows: the employee must be paid on a salary basis (i.e., receive the same base salary amount…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Innovative Payroll Practices May Not Be Legal

Connecticut law still allows employees to be paid their weekly pay in cash in pay envelopes, although this cumbersome practice has largely if not entirely given way to more modern forms of disbursement. In particular, electronic…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Military Leave of Absence and the Obligations of Connecticut Municipal Employers

When an employee gives notice of the need to take a leave of absence for military service, there are some questions that municipal employers will reflexively ask: Do we have to permit the leave? Must the employee be paid…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Military Law

Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: March 3 and 6 Public Hearings

As promised previously, we will be keeping you up to date with developments in the General Assembly. A. On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing…more
| Agriculture, Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law
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