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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]


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]


Do I get accrued vacation time when my employment ends?

In Connecticut, maybe. In Massachusetts, DEFINITELY. In Connecticut, an employer is only required to pay accrued but unused vacation time if it has a written policy that indicates that you are entitled to these benefits at the end of your employment. See 

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Obama just changed the overtime laws. Can my employer change me from salaried to hourly?

Yes. You may have heard that President Obama just issued a new rule that will raise the minimum salary threshold for overtime pay from $23,660 ($455 / week) to $47,760 ($913 / week). This is long overdue.  This threshold was largely meaningless in today’s economy and hadn’t had a meaningful change since 1975.  That threshold … [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

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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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