Category Archives: Employment

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 »

JUST HOW PERSONAL ARE PUBLIC SECTOR PERSONNEL FILES ANYWAY?

Teachers and administrators well know that personal information about themselves is regularly acquired by school districts and sequestered in file cabinets or desk drawers within the environs of the superintendent’s office. Letters, memos, and other papers, including emails and faxes, may be stored in these “confidential” files and potentially be utilized in decision-making concerning a… 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 »

CONNECTICUT FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (CFMLA)

In an earlier post discussing the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), I mentioned that Connecticut is one of a minority of states with a “baby” FMLA, aptly named the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA). The CFMLA is identical or very similar to the FMLA in many respects, including its overall purpose… Read More »

WORKPLACE INJURIES AND THE CONNECTICUT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWS

I was injured at work, can I sue my employer? With some limited exceptions the answer is no. The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an employer who has complied with the compensation laws will not be liable for damages for injuries or death beyond the benefits afforded by the Act. When an employee suffers… 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 »

HOMECARE PROVIDER PITFALLS

As our parents and relatives get older, we are all faced with affordable homecare/companion decisions. Many try to accommodate a loved one’s desire to remain home and limit “strangers” in their home. To that end, many people hire relatives, friends and/or neighbors to fill the gaps in the care coverage that one needs and these… 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 »

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 »

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN AT-WILL EMPLOYEE?

Many people are surprised to learn that Connecticut is an “at-will” employment state and that most employees are at-will. “At-will” means that an employer can terminate an employee for any legal reason (that is, without having to establish just cause), or for no reason, at any time with no legal consequences. Likewise, an at-will employee… Read More »

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