Category Archives: Current Events

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR AN “ABLE” ACCOUNT?

ABLE accounts (“Achieving a Better Life Experience”) allow an individual, who was disabled prior to age 26, to set up an account which allows the funds to grow tax-deferred and which will not be counted as an asset for public benefits the disabled person may be receiving as a result of their disability. One of… Read More »

DISTRACTED DRIVING

In Connecticut, distracted driving is defined in approximately three pages of typed legalese as codified in Connecticut General Statutes §14-296aa. The first page (Subsection (a)) contains mostly definitions, the second and third pages set forth the actual law. Specifically, subsections (b) thru (e) go into great detail about use of cell phones and texting, but… Read More »

WHISTLEBLOWER CLAIMS UNDER CONNECTICUT LAW

  Connecticut, like many other states, has enacted a statute that protects an employee from adverse employment action as a result of reporting certain violations of state or federal laws by his or her employer. Known as “The Whistleblower Statute,” Connecticut General Statutes 31-51m provides that “no employer shall discharge, discipline or otherwise penalize any… Read More »

SPLITTING LANES

Senator Cathy Osten (D) from Sprague, CT has proposed a law (Proposed Bill #629) that would allow motorcyclists to ride between lanes in congested traffic. What this means for you and I is, disaster. While you are moving in heavy traffic keeping track of the car tail gaiting you, the car to your right whose… Read More »

NEW LEGISLATION AFFECTING SENIORS (2018 Session)

The Office of Legislative Research for the State of Connecticut has published some of the new laws passed by the Connecticut legislature during the 2018 session.  Here are some of those new laws which were effective either when passed or as of October 1, 2018 unless otherwise noted: Emergency Medical Response System Contract: If you… Read More »

WHAT ARE OPPORTUNITY ZONES?

Part of the tax overhaul bill passed by Congress in 2017 includes a new community development program to encourage investments in lower-income communities. Each state, including Connecticut, was able to select certain areas as “Opportunity Zones.”  Connecticut designated 72 areas as Opportunity Zones.  The Opportunity Zones in our area include certain census tracts in New… 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 »

NEW CREDIT FREEZE AND IDENTITY THEFT LAWS IN CONNECTICUT

Unfortunately, credit breaches have become routine with major companies. Large repositories of information such as Anthem in 2015 and Equifax in 2017 (which alone involved over 143 million people) have suffered data breaches, along with many other small and large companies.  Identity theft continues to be a major problem and a major concern for many… Read More »

SCAMS & IDENTITY THEFT: How To Protect Yourself

As technology becomes more advanced, so do the scams and the theft of our identities. Seniors tend to be preyed upon more as they are less apt to report an incident and/or there may be changes in the brain as they age making them more trusting, in part due to a decline in the ability… 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 »

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