Zachary A. Hummel

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Zachary Hummel focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and has extensive experience advising clients in a wide variety of industries, including banking, finance, retail, health care, life sciences, hospitality, trucking, mining, manufacturing and service. He represents clients in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in the full range of employment matters such as employment discrimination, wage and hour class and collective actions, illegal harassment (including sexual harassment), legally mandated leaves and retaliation. Zachary regularly advises clients on personnel issues that arise under these same topics in addition to disciplinary issues; hiring and termination; reductions in force; internal investigations; requests for accommodations; personnel policies, handbooks and manuals; and non-compete agreements.

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As a reminder to Connecticut employers, legislation amending Connecticut’s Pay Equity law that was signed by Governor Malloy this past May becomes effective on January 1, 2019. The new amendment to the Pay Equity law prohibits employers from inquiring about a prospective employee’s wage and salary history unless otherwise required to do so by state or federal law. An employer will not be in violation of the law if a prospective employee voluntarily discloses their…
This complimentary CLE webinar will offer a review of legal best practices for employers, in situations where mental health issues may be present in their workplaces. Presenters will discuss when, and how, to engage in interactive dialogues with employees, to determine if a qualifying disability exists and whether reasonable accommodations are available, and how to balance workplace safety issues and concerns of coworkers against the rights of employees who may have qualifying disabilities, in accordance…
The New York City Commission on Human Rights (the “Commission”) issued a notice seeking comments on proposed rules that will define violations and outline the scope of protections against discrimination with respect to gender identity or expression under the New York City Human Rights Law (“NYCHRL”) on July 18, 2018.  The proposed rules address a wide range of workplace discrimination situations including forms of address, dress codes, insurance benefits, leaves and accommodation requests. New York…
In its latest enforcement move to address workplace harassment, the EEOC has filed seven different lawsuits since June 11 seeking damages and an end to alleged harassment across a broad spectrum of settings.  The lawsuits are spread across many different industries–from one of the nation’s largest trucking companies, to a staffing agency, and even a milk tea franchise. In three cases, the lawsuits seek to remedy harassment claims on behalf of a class of female…
Last week, the federal government passed its new budget proposal, which included an amendment of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to protect the rights of tipped workers. Prior to this law, tip sharing rules were governed by DOL wage and hour regulations. The new law is in direct opposition to a proposed Department of Labor (DOL) regulation that would have allowed employers who pay all of their employees the full minimum wage (not the…