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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, […]

Connecticut Clarifies Travel Restrictions

After updating its travel restrictions by Executive Order (more information here), the State of Connecticut added some key clarifying details to its FAQ.  The travel restrictions require individuals traveling from designated “Affected States” to self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Connecticut, subject to limited exceptions. The FAQ now explains what is meant by “self-quarantine,” so […]

Connecticut Revises Travel Restrictions

Nearly a month after Connecticut instituted a travel advisory requiring certain travelers to self-quarantine upon entry to the state, Governor Lamont issued a new executive order that gives some teeth to the measure.  Executive Order 7III repeals the travel advisory contained in Executive Order 7BBB and replaces it with a mandatory self-quarantine enforceable through fines.  […]

DOL Updates FMLA Model Documents

The U.S. Department of Labor issued new model notices and forms to assist employers in complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act.  These model documents are available here. The model documents are optional for use by employers, but aid employers in obtaining and delivering all the necessary information required under the law, without making prohibited […]

U.S. Supreme Court: Title VII Affords Protections to LGBTQ+ Employees

The US Supreme Court issued a landmark decision in a trio of employment discrimination cases which held that non-discrimination protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 (Title VII), which prohibits employment discrimination based on membership in a protected class, including sex, includes protections for individuals identifying as gay or transgender. The […]

Don’t Forget About Sexual Harassment Prevention Training!

While employers certainly have enough to think about as they continue to navigate myriad challenges during the current public health crisis, they can’t forget about continuing legal obligations unrelated to COVID-19. Add to that checklist (if it wasn’t there already), compliance with new sexual harassment prevention training requirements under Connecticut’s Times Up Act, which became […]

OSHA Issues Revised Enforcement Guidance for Reporting COVID-19 cases

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued updated interim guidance regarding its enforcement of an employer’s recordkeeping requirements to address reporting of COVID-19 cases in the workplace during the current public health crisis. This new guidance rescinds prior guidance effective May 26, 2020 and will remain in place until further notice. […]

Connecticut Announces Requirements for May 20th Reopening

Businesses that have been shuttered since March may be eligible to reopen on May 20th, as Connecticut enters Phase One of its reopening plan. The May 20th date allows for hair salons/barbershops, museums/zoos (outdoor only), offices, restaurants (outdoor only), and retail/malls to reopen if specified criteria are met. Sector-specific criteria are available here. Non-essential businesses outside […]

Municipalities and Non-Profits Receive Clarification from DOL on CARES Act Unemployment Issues

Municipal employers and non-profits often opt to reimburse the Unemployment Compensation system for claims rather than contribute a portion of each employee’s pay to the system quarterly. These “reimbursing employers” are eligible to receive a benefit under the CARES Act – reimbursement of 50% of their Unemployment claims between March 13, 2020 and December 31, […]

Masks or Cloth Face Coverings Required in Workplace

As a result of the Governor’s latest Executive Order 7BB, employers must now provide masks or cloth face coverings to employees who must wear face masks at all times in the workplace.  Executive Order 7BB, effective Monday, April 20th at 8 p.m., requires all individuals in any public place where it is not possible to maintain a […]