Category Archives: Current Events

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 »

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 »

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 »

NEW LEGISLATION REINFORCES ATTORNEY ROLE IN CONNECTICUT REAL ESTATE CLOSINGS

Using an attorney to perform real estate closings is the norm in Connecticut, and many people assume that this is the case everywhere in the United States. However, in about half of the states, an attorney is not typically used by local custom, and the use of an attorney is required by law in only… Read More »

MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN CONNECTICUT: Legal or Not?

Answer: It depends. Federal law still defines marijuana as a prohibited substance. However, in direct conflict with federal law, more and more states are legalizing medical use of marijuana, such as Connecticut, and more and more states are legalizing recreational use of marijuana; Connecticut has not crossed this line yet. Connecticut General Statutes “CGS” sections… Read More »

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