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Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Fluctuating Workweek Method . . . but Not for Retail Employees

The Connecticut Supreme Court’s holding in Williams v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., No. SC 19829 (August 17, 2017) is a mixed bag for Connecticut employers. While the court held that Connecticut law does not generally...more

Jury Hits Independent School With $41.75 Million in Damages for Failing to Warn Students About Risk of Tick-Borne Illnesses Before...

?The Connecticut Supreme Court recently determined as a matter of law that independent schools have a duty of care to warn students against the risks of insect-borne illnesses when organizing study abroad trips. Failure to...more

Revisiting the Fluctuating Workweek Method: CT Supreme Court Says No for Retail Employees

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

It never seems to fail; I go on vacation and the Connecticut Supreme Court issues one of the few employment law decisions it issues every year during that week. Fortunately for all of us, it concerns the fluctuating work...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Rules Against Use of Fluctuating Workweek Method in Calculating Overtime Pay for Retail Employees

On August 17, 2017, in Williams v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., the Connecticut Supreme Court invalidated the fluctuating workweek method of calculating overtime pay for retail employees who are paid in whole or in part...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Reaffirms Court’s Limited Power To Review Appraisal Awards

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently handed down an important decision reiterating the high bar to overturning arbitration awards while, at the same time, clarifying a portion of the applicable statute providing for...more

Liability for field trips: Munn v. Hotchkiss and ticks, Costa v. Plainville and basketball, and are there really any new...

Last Friday (August 11, 2017), the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a decision garnering significant press attention in which it ruled that 1) Connecticut public policy imposes a duty upon schools to warn or protect against...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Decision in Munn v. Hotchkiss

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On Friday, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued its long-awaited ruling in Munn v. Hotchkiss School, the case involving a private school student who contracted tick-borne encephalitis on a school-sponsored trip to China. In...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: Released after 11:30 a.m. SC19568, SC19569 - Mayer v. Historic District Commission - The statutory grounds for aggrievement for zoning appeals do not apply to Historic...more

The Connecticut Supreme Court Aces Another ABC Test

This is the latest in a series of blog posts on the so-called “ABC Test,” which is used in Connecticut to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor for purposes of eligibility for unemployment...more

Update on Nonqualified Stock Options and Statutory Limitations on Refunds Claims

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

In Allen v. Commissioner, 324 Conn. 292 (2016), the Connecticut Supreme Court did not permit a Connecticut taxpayer to seek a refund in connection with a late-filed tax return because the return was filed more than three...more

Lewis v. Clarke And The Failed Expedition To Secure Tribal Rights: SCOTUS Rules Against Tribal Employee Immunity

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to employees who are sued in their individual capacities, even if the alleged wrongdoing occurs while the employee is acting...more

Appellate Practice News: Connecticut Supreme Court Considers Schools' Duty Of Care To Students Participating In Travel Abroad...

by Murtha Cullina on

Argument Recap: Munn v. The Hotchkiss School, SC 19525 - The Connecticut Supreme Court heard oral argument this term in Munn v. The Hotchkiss School to decide whether Connecticut public policy supports imposing a duty...more

What Is the Extent of an Employer’s Liability For the Acts of an Employee?

An employer can be liable for injury done by an employee to a third party under the doctrine known as vicarious liability. Vicarious liability can arise when the employee’s activity that caused the injury was done 1) on the...more

Tip Credit Does Not Apply to Delivery Drivers Declares Connecticut Supreme Court

In a decision released on April 4, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that employers cannot take advantage of a “tip credit” for delivery drivers in order to meet the state minimum wage. The case, Amaral Brothers,...more

March 2017 Independent Contractor Misclassification and Compliance News Update

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The past month included significant state and federal appellate court decisions, large settlements of IC misclassification class actions, class and collective action certifications, and two IC misclassification class actions...more

WPI Wage Watch: Minimum Wage & Overtime Updates (March Edition)

by Littler on

March madness is not limited to college basketball. This month has also seen numerous minimum wage proposals introduced and considered at the local and state levels. Local and state officials continue to battle over who gets...more

Workers Comp Continues To Be Exclusive Remedy for Workplace Injuries

Workers compensation laws are among the oldest protective labor statutes, dating back to the early 1900’s. Workers compensation embodies a simple tradeoff: employees may not bring personal injury lawsuits against their...more

Connecticut Supreme Court Issues Important Clarification For Independent Contractor Test

On March 21, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued an important ruling, finding that an individual may be still considered an independent contractor under the state’s Unemployment Insurance Act even if he/she only...more

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

Connecticut Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Independent Contractor Classification

The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that an individual can be considered an independent contractor even if he or she provides services to only one employer. The court’s decision, which was officially released on March 21,...more

T&E Litigation Newsletter- March 2017

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

This week has brought a much-anticipated decision by the Supreme Judicial Court regarding trust decanting, and the past month also brought the latest chapters in two cases that we reported on previously....more

Labor and Employment Group News: Connecticut Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Test for Independent Contractors

by Murtha Cullina on

In a recent decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that an individual can be considered an independent contractor even if he/she works with only one company. Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment...more

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

Alert: Never "Got Around" to Signing Your Pre-Nup? It May Not Be Too Late!

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Many couples consider (or should consider) signing a prenuptial agreement before they are married, but avoid raising the issue or resist the idea. They may fear a negative reaction by their intended, or the couple is “so in...more

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