Category Archives: Current Events

COURT SIDES WITH EMPLOYEE WHOSE FACEBOOK POST CALLED MANAGER OBSCENE NAME

The Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) recently issued a decision that may surprise you. In NLRB v. Pier Sixty, LLC, the court held that an employee’s Facebook post containing expletives and insults aimed at his manager and his manager’s mother was protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA is a federal… Read More »

CONNECTICUT CLOSE TO PASSING NEW PAY EQUITY LAW

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass a pay equity bill, and the Senate will have its opportunity to vote on the same bill soon. Even though the bill has not become law yet, it is worth taking a look at in light of what has been happening on this topic both on the… Read More »

PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS & APPEALS IN CT

The deadline within which to file an appeal to the Board of Assessment Appeals is quickly approaching and, for this calendar year, must be received on or before February 17th.**  If an application for appeal is not filed with the Board of Assessment Appeals on or before February 17th, then you may lose your right… Read More »

OH NO, SNOW!

As a snow storm approaches some people become excited and others become stressed and nervous. Some can’t wait to go skiing, snowboarding, sledding or snowmobiling while others feel the need to run to the grocery store and stock up on supplies. Regardless what your reaction is it is important to operate your vehicle safely during… Read More »

CHRO RELEASES 2015-2016 STATISTICS

As it does every year now, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has released statistics for fiscal year 2015-16. The CHRO is the state agency tasked with eliminating discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit transactions. The 2015-16 statistics show a continued rise in discrimination complaints. The CHRO received a total… Read More »

Q & A – NEW CONNECTICUT POWER OF ATTORNEY LAW

Effective October 1, 2016, the Connecticut Legislature revised the law applicable to Powers of Attorney. The new law affects both the process for creating a valid Power of Attorney (“POA”) and the process for using a POA. This blog post will focus on some common questions regarding the creation of a valid POA in Connecticut…. Read More »

DOL’S NEW OVERTIME RULE STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS

A federal court in Texas decided just this week to halt the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule, which was set for December 1, 2016. The court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction after 21 states and a coalition of business groups challenged the rule, thereby stopping the new rule in its tracks…. Read More »

FHA LOWERS REQUIRED OWNER-OCCUPANCY RATE FOR CONDOMINIUMS

Earlier this year, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, legislation which directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) through the Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) to consider a reduction in the required percentage of owner-occupied units in an FHA approved condominium complex. The current FHA rules require a minimum of 51% owner-occupied… Read More »

CT SUPREME COURT WEEDS OUT APPEAL AGAINST RE-HIRE OF POT SMOKING STATE EMPLOYEE

A state employee was fired for smoking marijuana during work hours in a state vehicle on state property. Sounds reasonable, right? If you answered yes, a recent decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court may surprise you. Less than two hours into his 4pm to midnight shift at the University of Connecticut Health Center, a state… Read More »

CONNECTICUT IS THE LATEST STATE TO “BAN THE BOX”

Connecticut is the most recent state to “ban the box,” joining a minority of states with similar laws (thirteen and counting). Beginning January 1, 2017, Connecticut employers will be prohibited from asking questions about an employee’s prior arrests and criminal charges or convictions on an initial application form. There are two limited exceptions to Connecticut’s… Read More »

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