Employment Law

The Unemployment Compensation System in Connecticut is Broken

Monarch Law helps business owners or individuals at unemployment appeal hearings. The system, however, is broken. In 2021, the unemployment matters for which we were hired increased by 82%. That doesn't count the phone calls we received or consultations we gave on the topic. The question we hear most often is: "Do I really have to pay back the unemployment benefits I received last year?" The answer is, "it depends." The global pandemic known as [...]

By |2021-11-30T16:20:04+00:00November 30th, 2021|Employment Law|0 Comments

Employment Law Case: First Steps for the Plaintiff

Filing a lawsuit against your employer seems intimidating and stressful, but can be a necessary step to justice. No matter the problem, there are legal professionals who will assist you and try their best to obtain a legal remedy. Businesses of all sizes can take advantage of their employees, and it can be difficult to know when you should take the issue to court. Of course, always ask a lawyer if the problem at hand [...]

By |2021-09-07T14:02:18+00:00September 7th, 2021|Employment Law|0 Comments

How Unemployment Compensation Works in Connecticut

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 [...]

By |2019-02-14T18:59:28+00:00September 20th, 2018|Employment Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NLRB Charge Process

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 [...]

By |2019-02-14T18:59:54+00:00September 10th, 2018|Employment Law|0 Comments

4 Tips for Talking to Your Boss About Missing Wages

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 [...]

By |2019-02-14T19:01:44+00:00July 20th, 2018|Employment Law|0 Comments

How Hiring Discrimination Can Manifest in Employer Decisions

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 [...]

By |2019-02-14T19:02:14+00:00June 20th, 2018|Employment Law, Uncategorized|0 Comments

An Overview of At-Will Employment in Connecticut

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, [...]

By |2019-02-14T19:09:14+00:00December 20th, 2017|Employment Law|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |2019-02-14T19:11:22+00:00November 21st, 2017|Employment Law|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |2019-02-14T19:12:02+00:00October 20th, 2017|Employment Law|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By |2019-02-14T19:12:21+00:00October 4th, 2017|Employment Law|0 Comments
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