Category Archives: Current Events

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 »

HUD CONTINUES TO EASE ACCESS TO FHA LOANS FOR CONDO PURCHASERS

The United Stated Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the mortgage loan program offered under the Federal Housing Administration (FHA). FHA loans are generally easier to qualify for than conventional loans, and require a lower credit score than most conventional loans. FHA loans also only require a 3.5% down payment, a portion of… Read More »

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 »

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 »

WIRE FRAUD – STILL A MAJOR CONCERN

  We have previously written about the dangers posed by wire fraud, especially as related to real estate closings (Read More Here). In spite of the passage of two years since our previous blog post, the danger posed by wire fraud is still prevalent and may even be growing. A recently reported event involved a… 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 »

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 »

PLASTIC BAGS IN CONNECTICUT – NEW LAWS IN PLACE

The ubiquitous plastic bags used by a wide variety of retail, food service and other businesses in Connecticut will soon be undergoing big changes. There is a new law on the state level, and also action in a number of local communities concerning single-use plastic shopping bags. The proponents of restrictions on plastic bags argue… Read More »

NEW LAWS AFFECTING ELDERS – 2019

With the close of the recent Connecticut Legislative session, Connecticut has a couple of new laws that effect our ageing and/or ailing population. Public Act 19-89 AN ACT CONCERNING NURSING HOME STAFFING LEVELS Effective October 1, 2019, this act requires Nursing Home facilities to post in a conspicuous place on a daily basis the staffing… Read More »

ENHANCED DAMAGES FOR DISTRACTED DRIVING: Statutory Double or Treble Damages

In recent blogs we covered damages and distracted driving. Now, those topics come together with the passage of Substitute House Bill No. 7126, which amends section 14-295 of the Connecticut General Statutes by adding distracted driving to the litany of traffic violations that will give rise to double or treble damages. This statute provides that… Read More »

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