Connecticut’s minimum wage will jump to $10.10 per hour in 2017

by Jonathan C. Sterling

On March 27, Governor Dannel Malloy signed a law that will increase Connecticut’s minimum wage in each of the next three years. The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 per hour in 2017.

You may remember that just last year, a law was passed to increase the minimum wage to $8.70 beginning January 1, 2014. The 2013 law also increased the minimum wage to $9 per hour beginning January 1, 2015.

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Medical marijuana law takes effect in Connecticut Oct. 1

by Jonathan C. Sterling

As of October 1, Connecticut employers need to make sure they’re in compliance with the state’s new medical marijuana law.

Under the law, employers of one or more employees are prohibited from refusing to hire, discharging, penalizing, or threatening an employee solely on the basis of his status as a “qualifying patient” or “primary caregiver” under the medical marijuana law.

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Connecticut Releases Guidance on State’s Paid Sick Leave Law

December 20, 2011 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

by Jonathan C. Sterling

Earlier this year, Connecticut became the first state to enact a law that requires employers to provide paid sick leave for employees. The law takes effect January 1, and the Connecticut Department of Labor recently published guidance on its website to assist employers in complying with the new law. Read the release from CDOL

Which employers are covered?
Generally, the new law requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid sick leave to their “service workers,” up to a maximum of 40 hours of leave per year. Under the law, service workers accrue the leave at a rate of one hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Service workers hired after January 1 can begin using accrued paid sick leave once they complete 680 hours of employment after their date of hire. Service workers employed before January 1 can begin using accrued paid sick leave once they complete 680 hours of employment after January 1.

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Connecticut Restricts Using Credit Scores in Hiring

September 26, 2011 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

By John Herrington

On October 1, Connecticut becomes the most recent state to limit employers’ use of credit histories in employment decisions. The state joins Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Oregon, and Washington in making restrictions.

The new law – Public Act No. 11-223 – prohibits any Connecticut employer with more than one employee from requiring “an employee or prospective employee to consent to a request for a credit report that contains information about the employee’s or prospective employee’s credit score, credit account balances, payment history, savings or checking account balances or savings or checking account numbers as a condition of employment.”

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IRS Offering Employers Break on Misclassification

September 22, 2011 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

Employers worried that they may have misclassified independent contractors may find relief in a new program from the IRS.

The Voluntary Classification Settlement Program (VCSP) was announced September 21 and offers employers the opportunity to get into compliance by making a minimal payment covering past payroll tax obligations rather than waiting for an IRS audit.

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NLRB Backs Employee’s Right to Bad-Mouth Supervisor on Facebook

November 05, 2010 - by: HR Hero 2 COMMENTS

by Jonathan Sterling and James Goodfellow

An employer’s blogging and social networking policy that prohibits employees from posting disparaging comments online about coworkers or their employer has been deemed unlawful by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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New FMLA Regulations Issued by DOL

November 14, 2008 - by: HR Hero 5 COMMENTS

Final regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), were issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The new regulations allow employers more control over when employees can take leave. As expected, the new regulations cover the recently enacted leave benefits for family members of both seriously injured or ill service members and National Guard and Reserve members who have been called to service. These are the first significant revisions to the FMLA regulations since the law was enacted 15 years ago and will affect all employers subject to the FMLA.

Read the entire FMLA regs from the DOL

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Connecticut Court Overturns Ban on Same-Sex Marriages

October 13, 2008 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Connecticut has become the third state to legalize same-sex civil marriages, which California and Massachusetts already recognize. The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 to overturn a lower court ruling that denied same-sex couples the right to marry on the grounds that existing laws allowing civil unions afforded them sufficient rights. Gay and lesbian couples sought the right to marry under the Connecticut Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection. The Connecticut decision has no potential effect on federal law, which does not recognize same-sex marriages.

We will provide more details and discuss how this ruling will affect your workplace in an upcoming issue of Connecticut Employment Law Letter.

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