Category Archives: Employment

DOL’S NEW OVERTIME RULE STOPPED IN ITS TRACKS

A federal court in Texas decided just this week to halt the implementation of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) new overtime rule, which was set for December 1, 2016. The court issued a nationwide preliminary injunction after 21 states and a coalition of business groups challenged the rule, thereby stopping the new rule in its tracks…. 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 »

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN AT-WILL EMPLOYEE?

Many people are surprised to learn that Connecticut is an “at-will” employment state and that most employees are at-will. “At-will” means that an employer can terminate an employee for any legal reason (that is, without having to establish just cause), or for no reason, at any time with no legal consequences. Likewise, an at-will employee… 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 »

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 »

SOCIAL MEDIA IN THE WORKPLACE

The advent of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, has blurred the sometimes tenuous line between employees’ professional and private lives. Employers are still trying to figure out how to deal with their employees’ use of social media, both when their social media posts mention or relate to their employment and when they… Read More »

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