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House Bill Seeks To Eliminate Class Actions

Congress is attempting to eliminate class actions.  This is bad for employees.  When employers violate state or federal wage laws, their actions usually affect large groups of employees.  For example, if a company classifies all of its assistant managers as “executives” when they are really laborers, it can affect hundreds or thousands of workers.  Usually, … [Read More]

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Should Connecticut Servers Be Paid The Minimum Wage?

There is a bill presently pending in the Connecticut General Assembly which, if passed, will eliminate restaurant employers’ right to reduce servers’ wages on account of tips. Presently Connecticut restaurant employers are permitted to pay servers approximately 29% less than the minimum wage on account of tips received from customers. This rule entitles restaurant employers … [Read More]

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Does my employer have to pay me to study?

Sometimes. Recently, financial advisors have obtained settlements claiming that they should have been paid for the time they spent studying for the Series 7 and Series 66 exams that are required for their jobs. In Connecticut and Massachusetts, the rule is similar. Hours spent attending lectures, meetings and training programs is not compensable only if … [Read More]

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Can my employer pay me on a 1099?

No. Employees are not the same as Independent Contractors. Only independent contractors can be paid on a 1099. Employees must be paid on a proper payroll check with taxes withheld. Employers sometimes try to avoid paying taxes or unemployment contributions by paying employees and issuing form 1099s. There is a legal difference between employees and … [Read More]

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Fired Wells Fargo employees claim the bank encouraged them!

  By now most of us are aware of the Wells Fargo scandal. The bank allegedly opened millions of bank and credit-card accounts in customer’s names without their permission. The bank then fired approximately 5,000 employees in the name of “cleaning house.” Not so fast, Well Fargo. It turns out that those 5,000 weren’t the … [Read More]

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Can You Protest Trump at Work?

Can I protest Trump (or any President) at work? In Connecticut, yes you can. We have a law that prohibits employers from firing employees who exercise their rights under the First Amendment. It’s ok to put an anti-Trump sign on your desk. Just don’t do anything to disrupt the work place. In Massachusetts, there is … [Read More]

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Three Things You Must Know About How President Trump Will Affect Employee Rights

Like him or hate him, Donald Trump is going to be the next president of the United States.  Here are three things you must know about how this unfortunate fact will affect employee rights. He will appoint a Secretary of Labor who will not enforce labor laws as much as President Obama did. The Secretary … [Read More]

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Wells Fargo fired over 5,000 employees who participated in its scheme to open bank accounts for customers without their permission. Do those 5,000 employees have the right to sue Wells Fargo?

Maybe. Employers generally cannot tell you to do something, then, fire you for doing it. This is a violation of the law of misrepresentation. If your employer tells you to open an account, there is an implicit statement that it is ok to open that account. Well, if it is ok to open that account, … [Read More]

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Can my boss make me work as a free intern?

Not always. Just because you are called an intern, doesn’t mean that you have to work for free. If you are really working like an employee and the company is the primary beneficiary of your work, you probably should be paid. Here is an article which goes into more detail. In Connecticut, the rule comes from the … [Read More]

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Can restaurants make servers clean up?

  In Connecticut and Massachusetts, not unless they pay them the full minimum wage! In both Connecticut and Massachusetts, servers (waiters and waitresses) are paid a lower minimum wage because they get tips. Their employer may not pay this lower wage, however, unless they are actually working as servers. They must be waiting on people at … [Read More]

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