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In 2016, the Connecticut General Assembly created the Connecticut Retirement Security Exchange, to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of an individual retirement account (“IRA”) program for Connecticut employees whose employers do not provide their own retirement plans. Under the program, private Connecticut employers, whether for profit or not-for-profit, who have five or more employees would have to provide covered employees with informational materials and automatically enroll them into the program. Employers who already maintain a…
Three female students recently filed a Title IX class action lawsuit seeking damages against Yale University. They allege that the University subjected them to a sexually hostile educational environment by failing to take remedial action as women were sexually harassed and abused at fraternity parties. The students also allege that they were denied equal access to the social, professional, and economic resources and opportunities that all-male fraternities provide. Yale argues that they have limited ability…
Student handbooks are essential documents for independent schools, therefore it is important that handbooks are up to date and reflective of school policies. Join Shipman & Goodwin attorneys Julie Fay and Thad Bochain for this complimentary webinar as they provide an overview of key provisions that should be included in your school’s student handbook along with other recommended best practices and emerging trends. This presentation will also include a review of legal and practical issues related to…
Back last fall, we anticipated that this legislative session would be a busy one and so far, the number of bills being considered by the Connecticut General Assembly for employers is substantial. One of the bills that is receiving a fair amount of attention is one limiting employer use of so-called “captive audiences.” Senate Bills 64 and 440 are this year’s versions and would limit employers from being able to talk to their employees about…
Employers who want to (or need to) use independent contractors often scratch their heads at a disconnect – how do you determine who is an independent contractor?  I recall at one speaking engagement years ago, an employer who came up to me and asked: “So are you saying that there are TWO tests to determining if someone is an independent contractor?” Yes, that’s exactly what I was saying. The Connecticut Department of Labor and the…
On April 1, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) new rule for the lottery process for H-lB cap-subject petitions will become final. The significant changes are as follows: An electronic registration requirement for U.S. employers wishing to file H-lB cap subject petitions; and Reversal of the order by which the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will select petitions under the H-1B cap and the U.S. advanced degree exemptions.…
Yesterday, I tackled the bills floating around the Senate-side of the Connecticut General Assembly,  In today’s post, let’s look at the House side to see what bills are under consideration there: House Bill 5003 is the mirror-image bill of Senate Bill 1 on Paid Family & Medical Leave.  Yesterday’s post gave the highlights, which apply equally to this bill too. Similarly, proposed House Bill 5004 would raise the minimum wage in the state. The details…
For years now, the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS), the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have been targeting Connecticut employers for worker misclassification audits. When a misclassification is discovered, these government entities can share information about employers who have misclassified employees as independent contractors. Thus, when one of these government entities finds a misclassification during an audit, audits from the other governmental entities are likely to arise.…
The Connecticut General Assembly is already busy with a full compliment of employment law bills under consideration.  At this point, it seems likely that several will pass in one form or another and thus employers should be playing close attention to the developments. Here are a few of the Senate ones that I’m watching (I’ll tackle the House bills in tomorrow’s post – now available here): Senate Bill 1 – This is the…
On March 1, 2017, the New York State Department of Financial Services’ (“DFS”) first-in-nation Cybersecurity Regulations, designed to protect consumers and financial institutions from cyber-attacks, went into effect (the “Regulations”). See, 23 NYCRR Part 500. The “first-in-nation” nature of the Regulations is extremely important to note: the Regulations apply not only to what is referred to in the Regulations as a “Covered Entity” based in New York, but also to those that merely do business…