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HR or the FBI? Conducting a Reasonable Workplace Investigation

By: Rebecca Goldberg

When an employee complains about alleged wrongdoing at work, the Human Resources department (or anyone tasked with the function) is called upon to investigate and resolve the matter.  Sometimes there are video recordings of the misconduct; sometimes the matter boils down to the dreaded he-said/she-said.  This article outlines a few decisions employers must make when […]

Notices Required for CT Family and Medical Leave by July 1

By: Rebecca Goldberg

Virtually all private employers in Connecticut and are now required to provide job-protected family and medical leave.  In many cases, employees taking family and medical leave are eligible for compensation from the CT Paid Leave Authority. Beginning July 1, 2022, employers are required to provide every employee with written notice of their leave rights under […]

Reminder – Connecticut Minimum Wage Rises to $14 Per Hour on July 1st

By: Rebecca Goldberg

Reminder – Connecticut employers must begin paying $14 per hour to their employees, effective July 1, 2022.  For hotel and restaurant employees who normally receive sufficient gratuities, the employer must pay at least $6.38 per hour ($8.23 for bartenders) under the new minimum wage, but the employee must still make at least $14 per hour […]

Connecticut Employees May Refuse Employers’ Political and Religious Messaging

By: Rebecca Goldberg

The General Assembly passed “An Act Protecting Employee Freedom of Speech and Conscience,” allowing employees to refuse to be subjected to political and religious messaging from their employers.  The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Lamont. The legislation provides that employers may not discipline, discharge, or threaten to discipline or discharge any employee […]

Juneteenth to Become State Holiday in Connecticut

By: Rebecca Goldberg

Juneteenth is slated to become a state holiday in Connecticut starting in 2023.  Although prior efforts had failed, the General Assembly recently passed a bill to elevate Juneteenth from a commemorative day to a state holiday.  Support was nearly unanimous, with the bill passing in the House by a vote of 148-1 and in the […]

The End to Mandatory Arbitration for Sexual Misconduct Claims

By: Rebecca Goldberg

In an effort to remove clouds of secrecy that may surround sexual misconduct claims, Congress recently passed the Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment Act (“the Act”).  Arbitration is typically a confidential process, while court proceedings are public.  To bring more sexual misconduct claims into public forums, this Act amends the Federal […]

Governor Announces Plan to End Statewide Mask Mandate for Schools and Childcare Centers

By: Rebecca Goldberg

Governor Lamont announced a plan to end the statewide mask mandate for schools and childcare centers in Connecticut effective February 28, 2022.  The plan places the decision whether to require masks in schools and childcare centers with local authorities. With Governor Lamont’s emergency powers set to expire on February 15, 2022, the governor reached an […]

Reminder – Connecticut Minimum Wage Is Now $13 Per Hour

By: Rebecca Goldberg

Reminder – Connecticut employers must begin paying $13 per hour to their employees, effective August 1, 2021.  For hotel and restaurant employees who normally receive sufficient gratuities, the employer must pay at least $6.38 per hour ($8.23 for bartenders) under the new minimum wage, but the employee must still make at least $13 per hour […]

Client Advisory Regarding Juneteenth Holiday

By: Rebecca Goldberg

On June 16, 2021, President Biden signed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as a federal public holiday.  This advisory explains what Connecticut employers need to know about Juneteenth and its observance. What is Juneteenth? Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, enslaved people in Galveston, Texas received word that they […]