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Overtime Pay and ‘Mercantile Trade’ Employees

Yesterday the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a ruling that will have a direct impact on many Connecticut workers. The case was handled by Hayber Law Firm’s own Attorney Anthony Pantuso. The issue addressed was the overtime pay of commissioned workers employed in the ‘Mercantile trade.’ Connecticut has specific rules pertaining to wages for workers in … [Read More]

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Can My Employer Limit the Length of My Pregnancy Leave?

There are a few laws that protect pregnant employees in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Whether you work in Connecticut or Massachusetts, you may be entitled to unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  The FMLA requires employers with fifty or more employees to provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of … [Read More]

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Is a CEO’s Desire to Attract Young People Age Discrimination?

In a recent discussion with CNBC Europe, Aetna’s CEO Mark Bertolini discussed the future of Aetna and the upcoming move of its headquarters from Hartford, Connecticut. During the discussion, Bertolini stated that Aetna needed to attract different types of people “…younger people, technologists, innovation.” See article and video clip here. While this comment alone is … [Read More]

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Massachusetts Court Rules Workers Entitled to be Paid Unused Vacation Time After Termination

Recently a Massachusetts court ruled that Massachusetts employees are entitled to be paid their accrued but unused vacation time after termination of their employment. The Massachusetts Wage Act considers accrued but unused vacation time to be the same as wages and requires that they be paid in full at the time of termination. The case, … [Read More]

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CONNECTICUT RUBY TUESDAY SERVER CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT PUT ON HOLD UNTIL U.S. SUPREME COURT RULES

A class action in Connecticut seeking back wages for servers (waitresses and waiters) at Ruby Tuesday restaurants was put on hold yesterday by a Superior Court judge in Waterbury.  The case involves claims for back wages due to servers at Ruby Tuesday restaurants in Connecticut. The suit claims that Ruby Tuesday servers are made to … [Read More]

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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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