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2015 Changes to the Minimum Wage and Overtime Rules Applying to Home Health Workers

  As of January 1, 2015, there have been new rules applying to workers in the home health industry. This field has been growing rapidly as the U.S. population ages and health care costs increase. Read an overview here: www.harriswilliams.com  Most home health workers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime pay now- and yet, … [Read More]

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Bill seeking to prohibit employers from using credit check results as a reason not to hire makes good common sense.

“Fail fast, fail often” is a slogan heard around Silicon Valley these days. The tech industry uses it to mean take risks and don’t be discouraged when your venture doesn’t work out- pack it up and start again. However, this doesn’t apply to average, every day workers when employers are allowed to check an applicant’s … [Read More]

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The EEOC Weighs in on Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Last week, the EEOC held in a case before it that the discrimination based on sexual orientation is discrimination “based on sex,” and therefore prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination. Read more here.  This isn’t the biggest deal in Connecticut, as our state … [Read More]

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U.S. Department of Labor provides New Guidance on Independent Contractor/Employee Dichotomy

  The U.S. DOL has issued a new “interpretation” regarding when people who work can be classified as independent contractors, and when they must be classified as employees. Read the Administrators Interpretation here.  This makes a huge difference: an employee is protected by laws ranging from wage protection to whistleblower protection; and are entitled to … [Read More]

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Employers Can’t Just Run a Background Check on You!

  Many employers have a practice of paying a service to do background checks (and sometimes credit checks) on their employees and prospective employees.  What many employees don’t know is that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have strict rules governing these third-party background checks. When an employer sends … [Read More]

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Paid Family Leave Bill Moving Forward in Connecticut

A bill to provide paid medical and family leave to Connecticut employees is moving forward in the Connecticut legislature.  The budget (finally!) passed provides $140,000 for the year 2016 to figure out the logistics of the law- a consultant will be hired by October 1, 2015; and a report submitted by February 1, 2016.  This … [Read More]

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Can my employer deny my FMLA request because I messed up the paperwork?

The FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) does require a fair amount of paperwork- from you and your medical provider. This often complicates the situation for employees, particularly if they aren’t feeling well, and can lead to problems exercising their rights under this important law. Keep in mind that your employer has a right to … [Read More]

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Hayber Law Firm and Lichten & Liss-Riordan File Important Motion Against Compass Group!

On June 30, 2015 the Hayber Law Firm and our co-counsel, Lichten & Liss-Riordan, filed a Motion in Federal Court in Connecticut asking the court to authorize the sending of notice to Assistant Managers employed by Compass Group’s Eurest Dining Services Division.  Eurest owns and operates cafes and cafeterias, often at corporate headquarters and other … [Read More]

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When can my employer deny my religious accommodation?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that Abercrombie and Fitch engaged in discriminatory conduct by failing to hire a Muslim woman because her headscarf didn’t fit within the company’s “Look Policy.” Read more here.  The Court stressed an employer’s obligation to make a reasonable religious accommodation for employees whom they reasonably believe might need one, … [Read More]

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Did you know? Sales Commissions are Protected like Wages in Connecticut for Some Reps!

Under Connecticut law, wages enjoy special protection.  Conn. Gen. Stat. sec. 31-58 et seq. entitle an employee who has not been paid his or her full wage (i.e., minimum wage, and overtime of non-exempt) to attorneys’ fees if successful and double damages in some cases.  The purpose of this law is to prevent employers from … [Read More]

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