Category Archives: Labor

RETALIATORY DISCHARGE FOR EXERCISING RIGHTS UNDER THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ACT:

You suffer an injury on the job, file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, and coincidentally begin to notice subtle differences in the way your employer treats you. Then, in the guise of a restructuring, you find yourself out of a job. That is a familiar story I have heard time and again from clients… 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 »

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 »

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 »

CAN YOUR EMPLOYER WEIGH IN ON YOUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE?

As spring rolls around and our New Year’s resolutions prove to be as empty as the treadmills in the gym we joined in January, some of us have resorted to simply buying larger pants. But for others, this sort of inaction could result in losing their job. During a recent trip to Miami, the topic… Read More »

“LOOK BOSS, THE [CLAIM], THE [CLAIM]!” – Tattoo, Fantasy Island

Tattoos and piercings are far more prevalent in society today than in recent history. Gone are the days where one would hurriedly cross the street in avoidance of an encounter with a tattooed man or woman walking in their direction. Tattoos are no longer associated with criminals and seedy characters, but now adorn the bodies… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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