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ALERT: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Acts Provisions Apply to Colleges and Universities

Although much of the reporting on the Tax Cut and Jobs Act recently enacted by Congress has focused on the deductions for individuals and businesses, the bill also includes several provisions that apply specifically to...more

What did you earn in your last job?

When you hire new employees at your company, do you ask applicants what they currently earn, or what they were paid in past positions? Regular readers of Working Together may recall that nearly a year ago we discussed a bill...more

Overtime Update

What happened to the Obama administration’s proposed new rule on employee eligibility for overtime pay? Seven months into the Trump administration, do we know what to expect? Recent events provide some clarity on these...more

8/17/2017  /  DOL , FLSA , Over-Time , Wage and Hour

ALERT: Interim CT Legislative Update

The Connecticut General Assembly enacted a number of laws during its regular session that will impact Connecticut schools and public-sector employers. Among other things, bills have been enacted that...more

Is Disloyalty Its Own Reward?

May a disloyal employee keep the compensation his employer paid him, even while he was betraying his employer’s trust? In a recent case, the Connecticut Supreme Court said “yes, at least in some circumstances.” Here’s the...more

Grammar and Overtime

This is a story about grammar (specifically, the “serial comma”) and the overtime law of the State of Maine. The U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals recently decided whether certain fresh food delivery drivers are entitled to...more

Honesty is the Best Policy

May an employer fire an employee for lying about the reason for an absence? In a recent decision, the Connecticut Appellate Court said “yes.” Orlando Martinez worked for Polar Industries as a machine operator. He was...more

News Update: Texas Judge Enjoins Enforcement of U.S. DOL’s Overtime Rule Set to Take Effect on Dec. 1

Judge Amos Mazzant, the President Obama-appointed federal judge sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, issued a decision on November 22, 2016, granting an emergency injunction against the United...more

Alert: Wake Up! The New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Soon!

It’s September 6, the day after Labor Day, symbolically the end of summer, traditionally the first day of school, and psychologically the beginning of the homestretch of the year. It’s also 85 days until December 1,...more

Wake Up! The New Overtime Rule Takes Effect Soon!

It’s September 6, the day after Labor Day, symbolically the end of summer, traditionally the first day of school, and psychologically the beginning of the homestretch on the year....more

Connecticut Supreme Court Reaffirms the Right of an Employer to Determine When Commissions Are Paid

As a general proposition, under Connecticut law an employer has the right to determine the wage that will be paid for work performed by an employee, subject to basic requirements such as minimum wage or overtime. For wages...more

The ABC’s Of Worker Classification Are Once Again Before The Connecticut Supreme Court

We have blogged before about the “ABC Test,” used in Connecticut to determine whether a worker is considered an employee for purposes of eligibility for unemployment compensation benefits. Most recently, my partner Michael...more

Government Releases New Overtime Exemption Rule

On May 17, 2016, the United States Department of Labor finally released its long-awaited new rule for determining which American workers are entitled to overtime pay – time-and-a-half for hours above forty in any workweek –...more

Employee Separation Agreements – A Refresher, Part Three

My first two posts on this topic have discussed provisions that must – under federal law, specifically the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act – be included in employee separation agreements if the employee’s release of...more

Employee Separation Agreements – A Refresher (The Sequel)

In our last post on this topic, we reviewed the essential elements of a valid employee separation agreement that includes an employee’s release of claims against the employer (i.e., the agreement must be made knowingly and...more

Employee Separation Agreements – A Refresher

There is one conversation I have with my clients who are employers more frequently than any other. It’s the one that begins, “We’ve decided to let so-and-so go. Do we have to have an agreement of some kind?” Here is what you...more

Settlement of Wage Claims Under FLSA Must Now be Approved by the Court

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has ruled that parties may not stipulate to dismiss cases brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act without court approval. This ruling may make it more...more

The Electrician Is An Independent Contractor; The Uber Driver Isn’t

When I talk to businesspeople about the legal differences between employees and independent contractors, I often offer the electrician who comes to the office to fix a wiring problem as the paradigmatic independent...more

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

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

The Importance Of A Title IX Coordinator

On April 24, 2015, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights issued a new “Dear Colleague” letter concerning Title IX, along with a separate letter to Title IX coordinators and a Title IX Resource...more

Federal FMLA Regulations Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced changes to the regulations that define a “spouse” for purposes of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. The changes fully implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United...more

Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney to Focus on Discrimination in Schools

Educational institutions – including public and private schools, colleges, and universities – may have to defend various types of discrimination claims brought by students, and in various arenas. In addition to federal court...more

Interns’ Class Action Carries Multimillion Dollar Price Tag

Late last spring I posted on this blog about the pitfalls for employers of unpaid internships, often offered to young people during the summer months, or to students or recent college graduates as “pre-entry-level” positions....more

Employee Retention Strategies

Pullman & Comley’s Labor & Employment practice group recently offered a seminar for clients and friends. Our guest speaker was Peter Gioia, Vice President and Economist for the Connecticut Business and Industry Association,...more

Employee or Independent Contractor? A Change in the Ground Rules at FedEx Ground

I’ll bet you assume that the hard-working driver who delivers your packages and letters shipped by Federal Express is a FedEx employee. After all, he or she wears a FedEx uniform, drives a FedEx truck, uses a FedEx handheld...more

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