Author: Mark Sommaruga

Can There be a “Meeting” Under the FOIA in the Absence of a Quorum? The Appellate Court Just Spoke (but stay tuned).

[Although this article is not about an employment law issue, we are including it in this blog because it will be particularly relevant to our readers who are affiliated with public employers, or who serve on public boards and commissions.  It is also relevant to all of us as citizens of Connecticut.  Moreover, the author,…

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The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Employers (Part Two)

In these pages, we recently wrote about the passage of several bills of great import from the recently concluded 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly addressing (paid) family and medical leave, sexual harassment, and remedies for employment discrimination claims, along with increasing the state’s minimum wage. The following are concise descriptions of the…

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The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Employers (Part One)

The 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 5, 2019. In light of the passage of several bills of great import (e.g., paid family and medical leave – along with other changes to the state’s FMLA, measures addressing sexual harassment while also expanding remedies for employment discrimination claims, increases in the…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Addresses Public Employee Union Membership Issues

At its March 21, 2019 meeting, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee House Bill No. 6935 (“An Act Concerning The Right Of A Public Employee To Join Or Support A Union”). On its face, this bill appears to be in response to the U.S. Supreme…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Has Spoken

As you are aware from our prior posts, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee has been quite busy if not hyperactive during the 2019 legislative session. At its March 21, 2019 meeting, the Committee likely finished up its work for this legislative session and approved a final flurry of bills.  The following is…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Continues to Speak

At its March 19, 2019 meeting, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee approved a plethora of bills, with a concentration on expanding various employee rights.  The following is a brief summary of the bills that the Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee (and which now await action by the full…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee Begins to Speak

At its February 19, 2019 and March 14, 2019 meetings, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee began the process of approving bills.  The following is a brief summary of the bills that the Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee. MINIMUM WAGE: The Committee advanced out of committee three separate bills…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 26th Public Hearing

On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on numerous proposed bills.  The hearing will take place at 12:00 P.M. in Room 1B of the Legislative Office Building. There will be a significant emphasis on workers’ compensation and unemployment compensation bills (e.g., workers’ compensation benefits for emotional distress, unemployment compensation…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 21st Public Hearing

On Thursday, February 21, 2019, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on numerous proposed bills.  The hearing will take place at 2:30 P.M. in Room 2C of the Legislative Office Building.   Of note is that several of these bills (specifically, H.B. Nos. 5637, 6926, 6930, 6935, and 6936) appear to be in response…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: February 14th Public Hearing

On Thursday, February 14, 2019, the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills: S.B. No. 1 AN ACT CONCERNING PAID FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE. Resuscitating a proposal from the most recent legislative sessions, this bill would provide paid family and medical leave benefits to eligible…

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They’re Back! What Should Employers Expect from the 2019 Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On January 9, the 2019 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. The session is scheduled to adjourn on June 5, 2019. Numerous proposed bills affecting Connecticut employers and employees will be unleashed during the session, many of which will never see the light of day. The General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee will…

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PERSONNEL MATTERS, THE CONNECTICUT FOIA AND COMMON MISTAKES

Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) generally provides access to both meetings and records of public agencies.  The FOIA does provide an exception to the open meetings requirements for certain “personnel matters,” namely, discussions “concerning the appointment, employment, performance, evaluation, health or dismissal of a public officer or employee, provided that such individual may require…

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Janus v. AFSCME on “agency” or “service” fees for non-union members: What public sector employers must (immediately) know

As was discussed in our prior blog post and alert, the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME,  585 U.S. ____ (June 27, 2018) just issued a ground breaking decision with respect to the collection of agency fees from non-union members, holding that the involuntary withholding of such monies violates the First Amendment “free speech”…

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The Aftermath: Workplace-Related Developments From The 2018 Regular Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Workplace

The 2018 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on May 9, 2018. Numerous bills that were of significant interest (e.g., paid family and medical leave, other changes to the state’s FMLA, changes in the state’s paid sick leave act, measures addressing sexual harassment, increases in the state’s minimum wage) did not pass. From a…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Labor and Public Employees Committee has Spoken (Softly, but Firmly)

The March 22, 2018 deadline for the General Assembly’s Labor and Public Employees Committee to approve bills has come and gone. As we expected, the close partisan divide kept the Committee from approving a large number of bills. That being said, and as also forecast in this blog, the gridlock did not keep the Committee…

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