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Campaign for Paid Family Leave!

The Hayber Law Firm was proud to be on the Host Committee for an event held Wednesday April 13, 2016 and organized by the Campaign for Paid Family Leave the Hartford YWCA.  Two nationally recognized authors and advocates, Jessica Shortall and Ellen Bravo held a discussion about the need for Paid Family Leave in the … [Read More]

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Hayber Law Firm Opens New Office in Massachusetts

Hayber Law Firm is growing at an exciting pace. With offices in Hartford, New Haven, and now Springfield, Massachusetts, the Hayber Law Firm is equipped to better serve the needs of our clients in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Now the Hayber Law Firm can serve employees in both Massachusetts and Connecticut in all employment law matters, … [Read More]

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Deborah McKenna and Raymond Dinsmore join the Hayber Law Firm

Attorneys Deborah McKenna and Ray Dinsmore joined the Hayber Law Firm in 2016. Deborah McKenna Attorney McKenna brings over twenty years of experience representing employees to the Hayber Law Firm.  During her career she has represented employees in a variety of employment law issues, including breach of contract, unemployment compensation, discrimination, family and medical leave … [Read More]

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Can my employer not pay me to put on and take off my protective gear?

No. In the recently decided Tyson Foods Inc, v. Bouaphakeo, the Supreme Court affirmed a 2.9 million dollars’ jury verdict in favor of workers at Tyson Food pork processing plant. The workers proved that they spent between 15 and 20 minutes putting on protective gears and that this time was integral and indispensable to their … [Read More]

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Can I take paid sick leave in Connecticut even if the FMLA does not apply to me?

Not yet, but maybe soon. The Labor and Public Employees Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly is currently considering a Senate Bill 221 “An Act Concerning Paid Family and Medical Leave.” The committee held a public hearing on Tuesday March 8, 2016 and many public officials, including Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, organizations and members of the … [Read More]

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Can my employers reduce me from full time to part time to avoid Obamacare?

No!  Obamacare (aka, the ” Affordable Care Act“) has a provision in it which makes it unlawful for an employer to “discharge, fine, suspend, expel, discipline, or discriminate against a participant or beneficiary for exercising any right [under the Act] or for the purpose of interfering with the attainment of any right to which such … [Read More]

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Can my employer make me use my personal phone for business? And if so, should he pay me?

Yes, if you work in California otherwise “maybe.” Recently the Californian Court of Appeal ruled that an employee using his personal phone to make business calls should always be reimbursed. The Court ruled that the employer had violated the California Labor Code section 2802 which requires the employer to pay the employee all business-related expenses. … [Read More]

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LIMOUSINE COMPANIES STILL AREN’T GETTING THE MESSAGE!

Another limousine has been sued for overtime pay! Traditionally, limousine companies don’t pay overtime. They usually pay a fixed percentage of the fee charged to the customer. Sometimes they pay an hourly rate. Very few pay overtime premiums when their drivers work more than 40 hours. This tradition comes from the pre-2008 interpretation of the … [Read More]

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Can underwriters be denied overtime pay?

It depends on where they work! Here in Connecticut (which is under the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals) mortgage loan underwriters get overtime.  Also, an insurance underwriter won a trial last May for overtime pay. But, in California, a federal judge recently dismissed a similar case.  In McKeen-Chaplin v. Provident Savings Bank, a judge in the Eastern … [Read More]

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Can I be fired because of my race?

Obviously, the answer is no, not today you can’t. Not since 1964 when the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed and signed by President Johnson.  It would have been signed by Kennedy a year early, but his assassination delayed this important law. Of course, we have to give much of the credit for this … [Read More]

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