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, [...]

5 Types of Workplace Discrimination in Connecticut

By |2019-02-14T19:05:36+00:00March 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

You recently disclosed a disability to your employer, one that requires you to take a slightly longer lunch break. Next thing you know, your position was eliminated, supposedly due to ‘restructuring’, but you see your company advertising the exact same job the next day. Chances are that you’ve been the target of workplace discrimination, which is illegal. Workplace discrimination takes many forms. What they all have in common is that people who belong to a [...]

Employers: How to Steer Clear of Retaliation Claims

By |2019-02-14T19:07:46+00:00February 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Connecticut businesses and employers can face serious legal issues when a current or former employee files a retaliation claim against them. Legally defined, workplace retaliation is the act of taking adverse action against an employee because she complained about harassment or discrimination or reported alleged company wrongdoing to the proper authorities (an act known as whistleblowing). Examples of retaliation include: Firing the employee Demotion or denial of a promotion Reduction in pay and/or loss of [...]

4 Common Payroll Mistakes to Avoid

By |2019-02-14T19:08:33+00:00January 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

To err is human, but when the mistakes involve your company payroll, forgiveness might not be obtained so easily. Last November, the City of Boston paid close to a million dollars in penalties after an IRS audit uncovered major payroll problems such as overtaxing and failure to deduct Medicare withholding taxes as well as “deferred compensation” for employees who did not qualify for a pension plan. The case made headlines across the nation and spotlighted [...]

An Overview of At-Will Employment in Connecticut

By |2019-02-14T19:09:14+00:00December 20th, 2017|Employment Law|

Connecticut is an “at will” employment state, meaning that an employer can dismiss an employee for any reason or even no reason at all without incurring liability. This is true so long as the termination is not due to the employee’s status in a protected class. If a court determines that the real reason the employer fired the employee is because of her protected class, then the employer may be ordered to pay back wages, [...]

When a Pregnancy is in the Books: Understanding Maternity Leave in Connecticut

By |2019-02-14T19:11:22+00:00November 21st, 2017|Employment Law|

Discovering that you are pregnant is typically an exciting and happy occasion. You’re expanding your family and assuming the valuable responsibility of raising the next generation. Unfortunately, not all employers see it that way, which is why it is important to understand your rights regarding maternity leave in Connecticut. Do You Have a Right to Time Off for Maternity Leave? In Connecticut, there are no state laws that require you to be paid during maternity [...]

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