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Effective January 2, 2019, the Judicial Branch of the State of Connecticut has formally entered the world of virtual mediation with the introduction of a pilot in the Judicial Districts of Hartford and New Haven to help resolve contract collection cases.  More accurately, it has entered the world of Online Dispute Resolution (“ODR”).  ODR started in the mid-1990s to primarily address e-commerce disputes.  Its potential universality has gained popularity ever since. It is viewed as…
As a reminder, Connecticut Public Act No. 18-8 titled “An Act Concerning Pay Equity” became effective January 1, 2019. Under this law, all employers are prohibited from asking or directing a third party to ask about a job applicant’s wage and salary, unless the job applicant has voluntarily disclosed this information. ­ ­ ‍ Exceptions There are two exceptions to the new law. It does not apply to employers or third parties who are required…
Carmody attorneys, Vincent Farisello and Sarah Healey, will be presenting at the Employers Association of the NorthEast (EANE) CT Employment Law & HR Practices Update on Thursday, January 17th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Wallingford, CT. Vincent and Sarah will be speaking on the ever-changing landscape of employment laws and HR best practices. If you are interested in the conference, please use EANE’s link below for more information and to register. Click here to
On December 14, 2018, a federal district court in Texas held in Texas v. United States that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional.  The court also concluded that because the individual mandate cannot be severed from ACA, the entire law is invalid. Background As you may recall, the ACA has both an individual and employer mandate. In 2012, the Supreme Court held, in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. Sibelius (“Sibelius”), that…
Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey will hold a training session for supervisors on Thursday, December 6th on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.  The program will be presented from our Waterbury office, but individuals may also participate by video conference in our New Haven and Stamford offices.  Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30 a.m.  The fee is $75 per person and includes a continental breakfast. For more information and to register, please click…
With increasing frequency, Mediation is being utilized to resolve civil disputes.  The reluctance of parties and attorneys to utilize the services of a neutral third party to facilitate settlement negotiations is slowly fading away and mediation is becoming an accepted part of the administration of civil disputes.  As mediation has become more acceptable, the dialogue has failed to recognize the benefits of using mediation techniques is equally valid when applied to  the criminal justice system.…
Please join us for our 2018 Annual Labor & Employment Seminar on Friday, October 19th at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville, CT. Our panel will address the developments in Labor & Employment law and highlight legislative changes and significant cases from the U.S. and state courts. We also will discuss hot topics such as: The #MeToo Movement, Opioids, Marijuana and the Impaired Employee, Cyber Security and Data Privacy Issues, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mandatory…
Massachusetts Major Changes to Non-Competes Massachusetts passed a new law that will limit the enforceability of non-compete agreements entered into on or after October 1, 2018. Some highlights of the new law include: (1) the law applies to employees who live or work in Massachusetts, and to independent contractors; (2) non-competes are prohibited for employees classified as non-exempt under the Fair Labor Standards Act; (3) non-competes are not enforceable against employees who are terminated without…
On June 27, 2018, the United States Supreme Court issued a pivotal decision in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which overturned more than 40 years of precedent. The Janus case involved “agency fees” that unions typically require non-union employees to pay. That is, employees who are covered under a union’s collective bargaining agreement, but choose not to join the union, do not have to pay full union dues. Instead, they…