Author Archives: Sheila J. Hall

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME AND THE IMPACT ON ROAD SAFETY

Daylight saving time ended again on Sunday, November 3rd and, for just one day, we all got that lovely one extra hour of sleep that we all hope for. But what impact does daylight saving time have for us immediately following the change to those clocks? Studies show that daylight saving time does, in fact,… Read More »

TOBACCO 21 BILL- TOBACCO USE BY MINORS IN CONNECTICUT

A growing concern regarding the use of cigarettes, tobacco products, electronic delivery systems and vaping products amongst minors recently led to a Public Act in which the sale of such products is prohibited to those persons under the age of twenty-one (21) years old, raised from the previous age of eighteen (18). [Public Act No…. Read More »

UPDATES ON THE OPIOID CRISIS IN CONNECTICUT

We previously reviewed the efforts taken in Connecticut to combat the opioid crisis, and reviewed the data pertaining to opioid related deaths in 2017 and 2018. (See GPS blogs Published March 16, 2018 and September 20, 2018). We also reviewed the law that became effective January 1, 2018, which law was meant to try to lower… Read More »

PTSD COVERAGE FOR FIRST RESPONDERS IN CONNECTICUT

A new law recently went into effect in Connecticut, effective July 1, 2019, which provides workers’ compensation benefits for certain mental or emotional impairments and mental health care for police officers, parole officers, and firefighters. This law stemmed from tragedies such as the unfortunate events that unfolded in Sandy Hook back in 2012, which are… Read More »

NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR CONNECTICUT’S FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

A new bill was signed into law just this week establishing a paid family and medical leave program for eligible employees in Connecticut [Public Act No. 19-25]. While most of the changes set forth in the Act do not become effective until 2021 or 2022, the Act sets forth a rather expansive and comprehensive scheme… Read More »

SHARING THE ROAD WITH MOTORCYCLISTS THIS SUMMER

We are finally experiencing some warmer weather, and the rain seems to have stopped, which means that there will be more and more motorcyclists out on the road. It is important to keep in mind that those operating smaller vehicles, such as motorcycles, are much more likely to be injured in the event of an… Read More »

ELEPHANTS IN THE NEWS: What does it Mean to be an Elephant in Connecticut?

While perhaps an unusual topic for a legal blog, a three judge panel at the Appellate Court heard arguments this week from an animal rights group on the issue of whether animals possess the same rights as human beings for purposes of a writ of habeas corpus (a way of protection against any detention that… Read More »

DUI PENALTIES IN CONNECTICUT

Besides the obvious reasons why you should not drive while under the influence, it is important to be aware of the penalties you might face if you so choose to operate your motor vehicle while under the influence. Over the years, the penalties have become more harsh in this area of the law. The current… Read More »

A REVIEW OF BUS SAFETY LAWS IN CONNECTICUT

It might seem obvious enough that you are supposed to stop your vehicle if you are approaching a stopped school bus with its lights on, however, with this new school year upon us, it seems as though many people are simply not stopping for school buses, placing children’s safety at issue, and at least one… Read More »

CURRENT STATUS OF THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN CONNECTICUT

We previously reviewed the efforts taken in Connecticut to combat the opioid crisis, and noted that the number of opioid deaths was projected to be 1,078 at the end of 2017. (See blog Published March 16, 2018).  We also reviewed the new law effective January 1, 2018, which law was meant to try to lower access… Read More »

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