Category Archives: Labor

CHRO RELEASES 2016-2017 STATISTICS

The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) recently released its 2016-2017 statistics. The CHRO is the state agency tasked with eliminating discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and credit transactions. The 2016-17 statistics show a drop in the number of discrimination complaints for the first time in several years. The CHRO received a… Read More »

LATEST UPDATE ON THE FEDERAL OVERTIME LAW

In May 2016, I wrote about the changes the Obama Administration had made to the overtime rule in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) which were set to take effect on December 1, 2016. You can read that post here. In short, the changes more than doubled the threshold salary level for employees to be… Read More »

CAN CONNECTICUT EMPLOYERS REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO WORK OVERTIME?

Yes. An employer may require employees to work more than 40 hours in one calendar week as long as the employer pays the employee overtime compensation (1 ½ times the employee’s regular rate) for all hours worked over 40. It does not matter if the days on which the hours are worked are Saturdays, Sundays… Read More »

STATE LEGISLATURE EXPANDS PROTECTIONS UNDER PREGNANCY DISCRIMINATION LAW

The legislature passed a bill expanding protections for pregnant employees. The bill, called “An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace,” awaits Governor Malloy’s signature. State law already makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against a woman because of her pregnancy, and much of the existing law will remain under the bill. For… Read More »

UNION ORGANIZING IN HIGHER EDUCATION

In August 2016, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or “Board”) ruled that graduate students and adjunct professors at private colleges and universities are employees and, therefore, can join unions. The NLRB is the federal agency that enforces the federal law that grants most private sector non-supervisory employees the right to form unions, as well… Read More »

COURT SIDES WITH EMPLOYEE WHOSE FACEBOOK POST CALLED MANAGER OBSCENE NAME

The Second Circuit (which covers Connecticut) recently issued a decision that may surprise you. In NLRB v. Pier Sixty, LLC, the court held that an employee’s Facebook post containing expletives and insults aimed at his manager and his manager’s mother was protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The NLRA is a federal… Read More »

JUST HOW PERSONAL ARE PUBLIC SECTOR PERSONNEL FILES ANYWAY?

Teachers and administrators well know that personal information about themselves is regularly acquired by school districts and sequestered in file cabinets or desk drawers within the environs of the superintendent’s office. Letters, memos, and other papers, including emails and faxes, may be stored in these “confidential” files and potentially be utilized in decision-making concerning a… Read More »

CONNECTICUT CLOSE TO PASSING NEW PAY EQUITY LAW

The Connecticut House of Representatives voted to pass a pay equity bill, and the Senate will have its opportunity to vote on the same bill soon. Even though the bill has not become law yet, it is worth taking a look at in light of what has been happening on this topic both on the… Read More »

CONNECTICUT FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (CFMLA)

In an earlier post discussing the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), I mentioned that Connecticut is one of a minority of states with a “baby” FMLA, aptly named the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (CFMLA). The CFMLA is identical or very similar to the FMLA in many respects, including its overall purpose… Read More »

WORKPLACE INJURIES AND THE CONNECTICUT WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LAWS

I was injured at work, can I sue my employer? With some limited exceptions the answer is no. The Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act provides that an employer who has complied with the compensation laws will not be liable for damages for injuries or death beyond the benefits afforded by the Act. When an employee suffers… Read More »

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