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Fair Employment Act Changes Take Effect On October 1

By: Paul A. Testa, Esq.

The 2022 legislative session resulted in several significant changes to Connecticut’s anti-discrimination law that will impact employers and take effect on Oct. 1, 2022.  As a reminder, the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act prohibits employment discrimination and harassment because of an “individual’s race, color, religious creed, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, ancestry, […]

Tools For Riding Out The Inflation Storm

By: Floyd J. Dugas, Esq.

There are signs that inflation is beginning to loosen its grip on the American wallet, but costs remain a major concern for the public.  Gas prices have started to decrease, but groceries, medical care, and rent have continued to become more expensive.  What can employers do to address the situation for their employees while preserving […]

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 […]

The End of Union Elections?

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

Many would consider a secret ballot election by a group of employees seeking to organize into a union an example of democracy at work.  In a union election, the employees hear from union representatives touting the benefits of unionization, while the employer gets an opportunity to inform the workers, within lawful means, about why unionization […]

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 […]

Singing the FMLA blues!

By: Christopher M. Hodgson, Esq.

Employers trying to enforce attendance policies confront a poker hand of laws that protect the rights of employees to different types of work leave. Indeed, an employee out on leave can be eligible for various types of leave including Workers Compensation, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Connecticut FMLA, the Americans with Disabilities […]

Pandemic Impacts on the Duty to Bargain Under MERA

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

The State Board of Labor Relations (SBLR) recently addressed the issue of whether the pandemic and the federal, state, or local mandates imposed as a result of the pandemic dispense with an employer’s duty to bargain over a change in working conditions.  In a case decided on March 3, 2022, the SBLR found that, although […]