Category Archives: Current Events

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 »

A STEP CLOSER TO PAY EQUITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN – Inquiry into Pay History now Prohibited

  We have previously addressed the issue of pay equity in a blog last year entitled “Connecticut Close to Passing New Pay Equity Law.”  In that blog, it was noted that paying women less than men, or men less than women, for similar work was already illegal in Connecticut, and looked at what the proposed… Read More »

“MOLST” is Here!

“MOLST” stands for Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. It is another option for those people who are terminally ill that expresses ones wishes beyond just a “DNR” order. A DNR or “Do Not Resuscitate” order is a medical order entered into your chart by a medical professional after consultation with you that directs any… Read More »

TORNADOES, MACROBURSTS AND DOWNED TREES……OH MY!!

Last week brought about an intense storm to some areas of the state, including the town of Hamden where our office is located. The storm brought about at least five confirmed tornadoes and macrobursts, with devastating winds.  These storms caused significant damage to our town and other areas in the state, from numerous trees and… Read More »

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES: The Future Is Here

Last year, Connecticut joined a number of other states that have enacted laws to regulate autonomous vehicles, also known as self-driving cars. The Connecticut law is designed to allow a limited number of municipalities to apply for permission to permit testing of fully autonomous vehicles within specifically designated areas of the municipality. Whether or not… Read More »

EFFORTS TO COMBAT THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

New legislation was recently signed into law in an effort to combat the opioid crisis in Connecticut. As of September, 2017, there had been more than 1,000 overdose deaths in Connecticut, with a large majority of those deaths resulting from opioids, and with fentanyl surpassing heroin as the most common opioid of abuse.  The projected… Read More »

LOOKING FOR A LYFT/UBER?

Transportation Network Companies, which include companies such as Uber and Lyft, have become increasingly popular as a means of transportation in this country.  I have not yet personally utilized these services, due to the uncertainty of the services to be provided by these companies and/or their individual drivers, however, my friends seem to regularly utilize… Read More »

WILL HOMEOWNERS BE AFFECTED BY THE NEW FEDERAL TAX LAW?

Updated March 27, 2018 Congress recently passed and President Trump signed into law a sweeping overhaul of the federal income tax structure. The experts are still sorting out all of the various parts of the very complicated law and its potential impact on individuals and businesses.  Discussed here are some of the changes in the… Read More »

EXTREME WEATHER & PET SAFETY

The weather outside has been downright frightful lately, with extremely low temperatures, snow and ice and, well, even bomb cyclones. One reminder during these extreme weather conditions is the safety of your pets.  A recent unfortunate event in Connecticut led to a dog being frozen to death after being left outdoors under extremely cold circumstances… Read More »

CAN USING MEDICAL MARIJUANA GET YOU FIRED?

Nearly ninety percent of states, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, allow the limited possession of marijuana for medical treatment. However, federal law still designates marijuana as contraband for any purpose. That means that an individual lawfully prescribed marijuana for medical purposes under a state law is potentially subject to federal… Read More »

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