Category Archives: Current Events

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 »

NEW CHANGE IN THE LAW COMING FOR AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS IN CONNECTICUT

Auto Insurance For many years, the law in Connecticut has required that automobile insurance policyholders must hold insurance coverage of at least $20,000 per person, $40,000 per accident for bodily injury, and $10,000 per accident for property damage.  There was recently a push to increase these policy limits in an effort to make individuals more… Read More »

LATEST UPDATE ON THE FEDERAL OVERTIME LAW

In May 2016, I wrote about the changes the Obama Administration had made to the overtime rule in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which were set to take effect on December 1, 2016. You can read that post here. In short, the changes more than doubled the threshold salary level for employees to be… Read More »

CAN A GPS TRACKING APPLICATION MAKE CHILDREN MORE VULNERABLE TO CHILD TRAFFICKING?

A new feature was recently rolled out on one of the newer social media applications, Snap Chat, called Snap Map.  This feature, if utilized, has the ability to show a user’s exact location on an interactive map every time the app is used and/or can show where a large group of people are gathering.  A… Read More »

HURRICANES, FLOODS AND HOMEOWNER’S INSURANCE COVERAGE AND EXCLUSIONS

As we pray for and render aid to those who have experienced the recent devastation brought forth by Hurricane Harvey, we begin to fear the threat of Irma whose uncertain path can keep it out to sea, or strike some yet unidentified portion of the East Coast. Florida appears particularly vulnerable right now. Those of… Read More »

WIRING FUNDS? – BEWARE OF WIRE FRAUD SCHEMES

The use of wired funds for real estate closings is extremely common. Wired funds are immediately available, with no concerns regarding checks being forged, not clearing or being dishonored by the originating bank.  Unfortunately, there has been a recent surge in wire fraud schemes, many of which involve funds being sent for real estate closings. … Read More »

STATE LEGISLATURE EXPANDS PROTECTIONS UNDER PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAW

The legislature passed a bill expanding protections for pregnant employees. The bill, called “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace,” awaits Governor Malloy’s signature. State law already makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a woman because of her pregnancy, and much of the existing law will remain under the bill. For… Read More »

UNION ORGANIZING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) ruled that graduate students and adjunct professors at private colleges and universities are employees and, therefore, can join unions. The NLRB is the federal agency that enforces the federal law that grants most private sector non-supervisory employees the right to form unions, as well… Read More »

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 »

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