What to Do If a Machine Steals Your Job

By |2018-11-20T21:23:28+00:00November 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Are you a cashier at a grocery store where self-checkouts are slowly taking over? A line worker at a manufacturing facility where automation is the new buzzword? A fast food worker where self-ordering kiosks are replacing your spot at the front of the line? It’s happening across more and more businesses in America. Your employer might be putting a positive spin on it. “You’ll spend less time serving people” or “no longer stuck on the [...]

Arbitration vs. Mediation vs. Litigation: Which One is Right for Your Case?

By |2019-02-14T18:59:04+00:00October 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

People generally seek to avoid litigation due to its drain on their wallet, time, and emotions. Cases can be unpredictable. You won’t know the outcome until the judge or jury makes a decision. Because of its efficiency, alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation and arbitration, have become popular. However, before moving forward with any of these options, you should understand what each process entails. The Difference Between Arbitration and Mediation Mediation and arbitration are [...]

How Unemployment Compensation Works in Connecticut

By |2019-02-14T18:59:28+00:00September 20th, 2018|Employment Law, Uncategorized|

Every state in the U.S. offers unemployment benefits for employees who find themselves without a job through no fault of their own, but the rules to obtain these benefits differ from state to state. Here’s what you need to know about qualifying for unemployment compensation benefits in Connecticut. Who Is Eligible for Connecticut Unemployment Benefits? To be approved for unemployment benefits in Connecticut, you must meet three requirements. First, you must meet a minimum threshold [...]

NLRB Charge Process

By |2019-02-14T18:59:54+00:00September 10th, 2018|Employment Law|

Thanks to the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) workers are protected against unfair labor practices. Not all injustices or contract violations are “unfair” under the law. Examples of unfair labor practices include disciplining or terminating workers for union activities and refusing to bargain with a union over workplace issues. The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB” or the “Board”) allows workers to file charges of unfair labor or union practices. The charge is filed with a [...]

What to Do If a Passenger Is Injured in an Accident

By |2019-02-14T19:01:18+00:00August 20th, 2018|Personal Injury, Uncategorized|

What’s worse than being injured in an accident? How about your passenger being seriously injured or even suing you for personal injuries? Whether you’re the sole cause of the accident or it was the fault of two drivers, you can be held liable for his medical bills and emotional stress. So, what should you do in the case of an injured passenger? Start by following these simple steps. Stop the Vehicle You’ll want to pull [...]

SCOTUS Concludes Agency Fees Violate Workers

By |2018-08-08T15:23:59+00:00August 8th, 2018|Uncategorized|

SCOTUS Concludes Agency Fees Violate Workers’ First Amendment Rights With its recent decision in Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, a majority of Supreme Court Justices ruled that “agency fee” laws in 22 states plus Washington, D.C. violate the First Amendment rights of public sector employees. Public sector unions may no longer require employees who choose not to join the union to pay “agency fees” to cover costs of negotiating contracts, processing grievances, and more. The [...]

4 Tips for Talking to Your Boss About Missing Wages

By |2019-02-14T19:01:44+00:00July 20th, 2018|Employment Law|

Payroll errors happen, but most can be resolved easily by having your supervisor or HR department review your employee file, timesheets, and pay records. When you first notice a discrepancy in your paycheck, the best place to start is with your boss. They can back you up by attesting to the hours you’ve worked and your weekly schedule in case your personal records and the employer’s payroll records differ. Here are some tips for talking [...]

How Hiring Discrimination Can Manifest in Employer Decisions

By |2019-02-14T19:02:14+00:00June 20th, 2018|Employment Law, Uncategorized|

In the United States, employment should be based on character traits and ability to complete the job as required. Unfortunately, there are still some employers with biases or prejudice against people who are different from them. Luckily, there are federal and state laws that combat this prejudice and make it illegal for employers to practice discrimination in their hiring practices. What Groups Are Protected? Employers in Connecticut are not allowed to eliminate job candidates based [...]

Employers: 4 Ways to Prevent Lawsuits

By |2019-02-14T19:03:24+00:00May 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Last January, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that in 2016, there were over 84,000 workplace discrimination charges filed against employers across the nation. According to the data, 48.8% of all charges filed were for retaliation, followed by race discrimination (33.9%) and disability discrimination (31.9%). The EEOC subsequently obtained $398 million for these alleged victims through litigation and voluntary resolutions. That’s a lot of money - enough to alarm any business owner. But [...]

Lunch and Rest Break Laws in Connecticut

By |2019-02-14T19:04:17+00:00April 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Most of us are used to taking time off for lunch or at least a rest break during the workday. This “off time” allows us to catch our breath, get something to eat, and re-energize for the rest of the workday. But did you know that mandatory meal or rest breaks vary from state to state? Federal Law and Breaks Many employees (and employers as well) would be surprised to know that under federal law, [...]