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OSHA Issues COVID-19 Vaccine or Testing Mandate

By: Christopher R. Henderson, Esq.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its emergency temporary standard (ETS) today requiring private sector employers with over 100 employees adopt and implement mandatory vaccine policies for their workforces. While the ETS totals more than 400 pages, here are the highlights and relevant timeline:  December 5, 2021 – unvaccinated employees must begin wearing […]

Tenants Rights In CT

Rent increases may be a common point of contention between Connecticut tenants and landlords. Disputes over rental increases are common, so it is important for landlords and tenants to understand the legal ramifications of changing rent. Violations of the law can lead to unnecessary conflict and expense. According to the Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords […]

Connecticut Employers Cannot Ignore Massachusetts Non-Compete Law

Connecticut employers with employees who work or even who simply reside in Massachusetts must abide by Massachusetts’ onerous new non-compete law.  Under the new law, a provision in a non-compete providing for the application of another state’s (such as Connecticut’s) law is not enforceable if the employee is, and has been, a resident of or employed in Massachusetts […]

Flu Season is Coming – Should Employers Require Vaccines?

The flu cost U.S. employers an estimated $21 billion in lost productivity last year.  The 2018-2019 flu season is just beginning.  What should employers do to avoid crippling productivity? One option is requiring each employee to be vaccinated each year against influenza.  This option is very effective at limiting the impact of flu in the workplace, but it […]

School Districts Need to Update AEO Policies and Procedures, Bolster Recordkeeping in Response to New State Standards

If they have not already done so, school districts in Connecticut must take affirmative steps to align their policies and procedures with the State Department of Education’s (CSDE) Standards for Educational Opportunities for Students Who Have Been Expelled.  Originally promulgated in January 2018, the Standards detail the legal requirements for providing Alternative Educational Opportunities (AEOs) to […]

Trump Appoints Philip Miscimarra as Chairman of the NLRB

President Trump has tapped National Labor Relations Board Member Philip Miscimarra to be acting Chairman.  Mr. Miscimarra will replace Mark Gaston Pearce who served as the NLRB Chairman under President Obama since 2011.  Mr. Miscimarra is a graduate of the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Law and the Wharton School of Business.  Prior to joining […]

Employers Must Update Their New-Hire Paperwork By January 22nd

Starting January 22, 2017, all employers will be required to use a new I-9 Form, the form used to verify an employee’s eligibility to work in the United States.  I-9s must be completed on all new hires who will perform work in the United States.  Employers may switch to the new form now or may […]

Who’s watching who? And who can review?

School administrators frequently grapple with the treatment of video recordings. From Constitutional issues to concerns about education records, administrators need to be aware of how to use surveillance cameras appropriately and how to respond to requests for copies of those video recordings. As more and more districts are using video surveillance in schools, this issue promises to […]