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DOL updates its FFCRA guidance

The FFCRA, passed by Congress in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to mandate paid leave benefits to eligible employees for certain qualifying events, expired on December 31, 2020.  Although Congress passed new stimulus legislation in January 2021, that legislation does not extend the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) or Emergency Family and […]

EEOC Updates Guidance As COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out Begins

Just in time for the holidays, the FDA has recently approved the emergency use of the first two COVID-19 vaccines, with at least two more in the final stages of clinical trials.  As these vaccines become available to certain sectors of the population, the EEOC has updated its guidance regarding the ADA and other considerations […]

CHRO Further Extends Deadline for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

The CHRO has further extended the deadline for Sexual Harassment Prevention Training until February 9, 2021. This provides employers with an additional five weeks to fulfill their training requirements after the CHRO previously extended the original October 1, 2020 deadline to January 1, 2021. Like the previous deadline extension, this is a blanket extension applicable […]

Executive Orders Extended into 2021

Effectively immediately, Governor Lamont today issued Executive Order 9L, which reissues all current unexpired executive orders – effectively extending them to February 21, 2021, unless earlier modified or terminated. Today’s Order also extends any unexpired agency or municipal orders, rules, directive, or guidance issued pursuant to any unexpired Executive Orders, unless earlier modified or terminated […]

DOL Updates FFCRA Guidance (Again) as Schools Reopen

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Labor updated its guidance on emergency leave benefits under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to address leave eligibility questions related to childcare issues presented as schools prepare to welcome students back (in some fashion).  https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions As the start of the school year fast approaches, employers are being inundated […]

Reminder – Connecticut Minimum Wage Rises to $12 on September 1

With all the changes to the employment law landscape in light of the coronavirus pandemic, it would be easy to lose sight of the minimum wage increase effective September 1, 2020. Connecticut employers must begin paying $12 per hour to their employees on September 1, 2020. For hotel and restaurant employees who normally receive sufficient […]

Mask Requirement Modified to Require Documentation for Medical Exemption

Mask refusers in Connecticut now must supply medical documentation in order to be in a public space or in the workplace without a mask or cloth face covering.  Executive Order 7NNN modifies the state’s earlier mask requirement, which provided that those with medical excuses need not wear a mask and could not be asked to […]

Federal Court Strikes Down Parts of DOL Rule on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

A federal judge in New York struck down portions of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Rule on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), leaving substantive changes to the legal landscape. The DOL could appeal the decision and if so, it is possible that implementation will be stayed.  However, since this has not yet occurred, […]