The More You Give, the More You Receive: Understanding Overtime Pay in Connecticut

By |2019-02-14T19:12:02+00:00October 20th, 2017|Employment Law|

Thanks to technology, the world is a busier place. Smartphones and tablets have made it easy for employers, co-workers, and clients to reach us instantly, and in most cases online etiquette demands that we respond just as quickly. Theoretically, it’s possible for us to be on call 24/7 (and some of us are). How does this affect the size of our paycheck? While neither Connecticut state law nor the federal Fair Labor Standard Act limits [...]

Employees vs. Independent Contractors: What’s the Difference?

By |2019-02-14T19:12:21+00:00October 4th, 2017|Employment Law|

In the age of the internet, cell phones loaded with apps and video conferences, we’re seeing a surge of independent contractors. Independent contractors can work in numerous fields, including, but certainly not limited to, virtual assistants, graphic design, legal research and writing and many, many more. Stretching the traditional notion of your workforce, and creating something better using new advances in technology is an example of innovation at its finest. Just ask Uber. Companies everywhere [...]

What to Know About Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim

By |2019-02-14T19:12:53+00:00October 4th, 2017|Worker's Compensation|

When you’re hurt on the job, one of the thoughts you’ll have is how does this impact my ability to provide for myself or my family. In order to start getting the benefits that you’re entitled to, you must follow the filing process. So here’s what you need to know about filing a workers’ compensation claim in Connecticut. When to File AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! You have up to 1 year to file your claim [...]

What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident to Preserve a Claim

By |2019-02-14T19:13:27+00:00September 20th, 2017|Damages|

If you were injured in a car accident due to the negligence or carelessness of another person, you have the right seek compensation. To preserve the integrity of your claim, there are certain steps you should take immediately after the event, provided that you are not too injured and in pain to do so. If this happens to be the case, try to ask bystanders or witnesses to help with the following steps:   Seek [...]

Noffsinger v. SSC Niantic Operating Company, LLC

By |2019-02-14T19:13:45+00:00September 15th, 2017|Employment Law|

Ms. Noffsinger, a Connecticut native, received a job offer from SSC Niantic Operating Company (“SSC”) that was later rescinded when she failed a routine pre-employment drug screening. SSC rescinded the offer despite knowing that Ms. Noffsinger had a medical marijuana certificate because she suffered from PTSD. Noffsinger sued in Connecticut federal court, arguing the employer violated the prohibition in the Palliative Use of Marijuana Act (“PUMA”) against firing or refusing to hire someone who uses [...]

Fluctuating Workweek

By |2019-02-15T00:43:05+00:00September 10th, 2017|Employment Law|

Employees who work more than 40 hours are often paid at the rate of 1.5x their normal hourly rate for overtime. Instead of using the “time and a half” method, General Nutrition Centers (“GNC”) used the fluctuating workweek (“FWW”) method which was developed under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. It permits an employer to calculate an employee’s overtime pay by dividing the employee's total weekly pay by the number hours she actually worked during [...]

Workers’ Rehabilitation Service

By |2019-02-15T00:43:22+00:00September 5th, 2017|Worker's Compensation|

What is it? Workers’ Rehabilitation Service (“WRS”) is a service dedicated to ensuring an injured worker returns to gainful employment. It provides the tools necessary for the employee to obtain a position that is physically appropriate. The Rehabilitation Coordinators have a master’s degree in counseling, and at least 7 years of professional experience in the field of counseling to be considered for hire. They act as the injured worker’s personal advocate. Is this a good [...]

The 5 Elements of a Strong Severance Agreement

By |2019-02-15T00:43:44+00:00August 15th, 2017|Employment Law|

Your company has been laying off a lot of people in your department lately, but you’ve been hoping that due to seniority and a stellar record, it might keep you on. Today, however, is your turn. After quietly advising you that your employment has been terminated, your boss says that the company is offering you a severance package if you sign an agreement that includes, among other things, a release of legal claims (that you [...]

What You Need to Know About Distracted Driving

By |2017-08-15T11:40:14+00:00August 15th, 2017|Personal Injury|

Per a recent report, approximately 14,000 distracted driving citations were issued in Connecticut during Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. Connecticut law prohibits motorists from operating a vehicle while using a mobile device. That includes making phone calls and sending/reading text or e-mail messages. Police presume that you’re making a call if the device is close to your ear. The penalties are $150, $300, and $500 for a first, second, or subsequent offense, respectively. Young [...]

A Short Summary of the Connecticut Unemployment Appeal Process

By |2019-02-15T00:44:08+00:00August 5th, 2017|Employment Law|

A predetermination fact-finding telephone interview is scheduled shortly after the claim is filed. The parties have 21 calendar days from the date of the Administrator’s decision to file an appeal with the Appeals Division. The appeal can be filed in person at any American Job Center or Appeals Division office, by fax, internet or U.S. mail. The Appeals Division will assign a Referee and schedule a hearing for a future date.  The hearings are typically [...]

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