Category Archives: Current Events

FHA LOWERS REQUIRED OWNER-OCCUPANCY RATE FOR CONDOMINIUMS

Earlier this year, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, legislation which directed the Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) through the Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”) to consider a reduction in the required percentage of owner-occupied units in an FHA approved condominium complex. The current FHA rules require a minimum of 51% owner-occupied… Read More »

CT SUPREME COURT WEEDS OUT APPEAL AGAINST RE-HIRE OF POT SMOKING STATE EMPLOYEE

A state employee was fired for smoking marijuana during work hours in a state vehicle on state property. Sounds reasonable, right? If you answered yes, a recent decision by the Connecticut Supreme Court may surprise you. Less than two hours into his 4pm to midnight shift at the University of Connecticut Health Center, a state… Read More »

CONNECTICUT IS THE LATEST STATE TO “BAN THE BOX”

Connecticut is the most recent state to “ban the box,” joining a minority of states with similar laws (thirteen and counting). Beginning January 1, 2017, Connecticut employers will be prohibited from asking questions about an employee’s prior arrests and criminal charges or convictions on an initial application form. There are two limited exceptions to Connecticut’s… Read More »

MAY FREE SPEECH BE RESTRICTED AT PUBLIC MEETINGS?

A parent claims that his right to freedom of speech was trampled upon at a board of education meeting when he was denied the ability to read a letter in open session he had previously emailed to individual board members. The parent then insisted that the written statement be put on the board agenda for… Read More »

THE LATEST FAD: POKÉMON GO

In the past week or so, you may have heard a thing or two about the latest mobile phone app known as Pokémon Go, which is an augmented reality game in which people are utilizing their phone to locate and catch Pokémon characters. The application utilizes the GPS location features, the camera and other features… Read More »

DOL RELEASES FINAL RULE ON OVERTIME PAY

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited final rule regarding overtime pay for “white collar” employees (executive, administrative, and professional). The rule applies to all employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which is the federal law that sets minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards. The FLSA covers employers… Read More »

SUPREME COURT: EMPLOYER CAN’T PUNISH EMPLOYEE FOR (NOT) EXERCISING 1ST AMENDMENT RIGHTS

Last week the Supreme Court issued an important decision protecting First Amendment rights. Heffernan v. City of Paterson involved the following facts: Jeffrey Heffernan, a detective in the City of Paterson, New Jersey police department, picked up a lawn sign from a distribution point for the campaign of the mayoral candidate running against the incumbent… Read More »

SPLIT SUPREME COURT HANDS PUBLIC SECTOR LABOR UNIONS MAJOR VICTORY

Public sector labor unions were handed a big win by the U.S. Supreme Court last month. Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association involved the issue of whether public sector unions could collect fees from workers who chose not to join the union and did not want to pay for the union’s collective bargaining activities. The rationale… Read More »

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