Author Archives: Gesmonde, Pietrosimone & Sgrignari, L.L.C.

NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYERS IN CONNECTICUT

A new law, effective October 1, 2019, imposes additional requirements on employers in Connecticut. Previously, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (the “CHRO”) could require employers with at least 50 employees to provide supervisory employees with a certain amount of training and education on federal and state sexual harassment laws. The new law (P.A…. Read More »

CT LAWMAKERS STAND DOWN ON THREAT TO OVERRIDE VETO OF RESTAURANT BILL

Legislative leaders gathered last week in what was originally intended to be an attempt to override one of Gov. Ned Lamont’s first vetoes of a proposed bill. The bill was intended to provide clarification to restaurant owners and their employees on how wages are to be paid. Currently, restaurants are permitted to pay wait staff… Read More »

LGBTQ+ Pride Month

June is Pride Month and an opportune time to talk about laws affecting the LGBTQ+ community. The purpose of Pride Month is to raise awareness and celebrate the progress reached thus far. But it is also a time to recognize the existence of impediments to achieving full equality and to come together to create a… Read More »

DENVER FIRST IN NATION TO DECRIMINALIZE PSYCHEDELIC MUSHROOMS

~Why did the mushroom get invited to all the parties? ~ Because he was a fungi.~ On Tuesday, May 7th, citizens of Denver, Colorado voted “yes” on an ordinance that decriminalizes Psilocybin, the hallucinogenic compound in “magic mushrooms.” The ordinance passed by an extremely narrow margin with 50.56% voting in favor of decriminalization and 49.44%… Read More »

(INHERENTLY) RISKY BUSINESS

Whether you are throwing axes, skiing, snowboarding or attending a party where 7 year olds are permitted, and actually encouraged to play with bricks (I wish I were kidding, but this is a real thing), you may have been required to sign a release. But do these releases completely shield businesses from liability under all… Read More »

CAN YOUR EMPLOYER WEIGH IN ON YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE?

As spring rolls around and our New Year’s resolutions prove to be as empty as the treadmills in the gym we joined in January, some of us have resorted to simply buying larger pants. But for others, this sort of inaction could result in losing their job. During a recent trip to Miami, the topic… Read More »

“LOOK BOSS, THE [CLAIM], THE [CLAIM]!” – Tattoo, Fantasy Island

Tattoos and piercings are far more prevalent in society today than in recent history. Gone are the days where one would hurriedly cross the street in avoidance of an encounter with a tattooed man or woman walking in their direction. Tattoos are no longer associated with criminals and seedy characters, but now adorn the bodies… Read More »

CONNECTICUT IS NOW A “RIGHT-TO-WORK” STATE

In the recent decision, Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, et al, the United States Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional for state and public-sector unions to deduct agency fees or any other payments to the union from a nonmember’s wages without their consent. The basis for the Court’s decision is that it is a… Read More »

CAN USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA GET YOU FIRED?

Nearly ninety percent of states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, allow the limited possession of marijuana for medical treatment. However, federal law still designates marijuana as contraband for any purpose. That means that an individual lawfully prescribed marijuana for medical purposes under a state law is potentially subject to federal… Read More »

CHRO RELEASES 2016-2017 STATISTICS

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) recently released its 2016-2017 statistics. The CHRO is the state agency tasked with eliminating discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit transactions. The 2016-17 statistics show a drop in the number of discrimination complaints for the first time in several years. The CHRO received a… Read More »

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