Should Biological Fathers Receive the Same Leave Benefits as Adoptive Parents?

Maybe you saw this article “Standing Up for the Rights of New Fathers,” in the New York Times a few weeks ago about the new dad, a reporter for CNN, who filed a discrimination claim with the EEOC against Time Warner (CNN’s parent) challenging its paid parental leave policy.  The policy gives 10 weeks of…

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Employers: Be aware of the NLRB when Implementing and Enforcing Social Media Policies

Many employers adopt policies that restrict employee internet conduct that could impact the company’s business.  While it is prudent to provide employees with clear rules in this area, employers must be wary of aggressive National Labor Relations Board activity in this arena. The NLRB is specifically targeting nonunion and unionized companies alike for policies and…

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Retirement Plan Sponsors: December Reminders Part I

It’s time to take a short break from all the healthcare changes and focus on your December 1st and 15th deadlines for the following participant notices for calendar year retirement plans: Annual Safe Harbor 401(k) Notice – December 1, 2013 The annual safe harbor notice must be provided to all plan participants at least 30…

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New Regulations to Take Effect on Recruitment of Veterans and Disabled Employees by Federal Contractors

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) has announced new regulations that will affect federal contractors’ and subcontractors’ recruiting of veterans and disabled employees.  The new regulations take effect on March 24, 2014, with some exceptions, and have been enacted under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Section 503 of…

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Many Employee Retirement Plan Dollar Limits Adjusted For 2014

The Internal Revenue Code provides for various dollar limitations on benefits, contributions, and compensation for tax-qualified employee benefit plans.  Recently, the Internal Revenue Service announced cost of living adjustments (COLAs) for 2014, including limits relating to 401(k) and other tax-qualified retirement plans.  Some dollar limits such as the salary deferral contribution limit to 401(k) plans…

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Was A-Rod Smart To Walk Out on his Arbitration?

Did embattled Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriguez make a sound strategic judgment in walking out of his grievance arbitration hearing yesterday concerning his 211-game, PED-related suspension after the arbitrator denied his request to have MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, the person who made the suspension decision, testify?  Should you do the same thing when an arbitrator…

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Before Adopting a Restrictive Covenant Program, Check For Fundamentals?

A relatively recent Connecticut Superior Court decision holding certain non-compete and non-solicitation covenants unenforceable illustrates the need for businesses to focus on fundamentals in creating and litigating these provisions.  It also illustrates that in some instances, old axioms in this area don’t always apply. The old axiom here is that courts are more inclined to…

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Supreme Court Decision on Departing Employees & Releasing Workers’ Compensation Claims Against Employer

The Connecticut Supreme Court recently released a decision, SC19085 that puts to bed an issue that frequently arises when employers attempt to have departing employees release ALL claims against the company – including workers’ compensation claims.  In Leonetti v. MacDermid, Inc., the employer and employee entered into a settlement agreement to pay the employee $70,000…

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Personnel Files, Random Drug Tests and FMLA Issues Examined at Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association Seminar

On October 29 and November 12, members of Pullman & Comley, LLC’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department presented an intensive seminar to the Connecticut Automotive Retailers Association.  Significant highlights included: Personnel Files:  Under the recent amendments to the Connecticut’s Personnel Files Act, Public Act No. 13-176, all employers need to be aware that…

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Don’t You Forget About Me! Mandatory Paid Sick Leave and Expiring Collective Bargaining Agreements

As you may recall, in 2011, Connecticut become the first state in the nation to enact mandatory paid sick leave legislation.  This mandatory paid sick leave law, which became effective January 1, 2012, required most public-sector employers with more than 50 employees – such as school boards and municipalities — and most non-manufacturing, private-sector employers…

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Anti-Raiding Agreements Can Cause Big Trouble For Employers

Recent developments in two California lawsuits confirm that employers take big risks if they agree with competitors not to recruit each other’s employees.  Apple, Google, eBay, Intuit, and other large technology companies face antitrust claims from both the U.S. Justice Department and employees arising from “handshake agreements” that may have been intended to call a…

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Supreme Court Hears Argument on Latest “Donning” and “Doffing” Wage Case

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court heard argument in another “donning and doffing” case.  Donning and doffing refers to the need for employees to put on (“don”) and take off (“doff”) clothing as part of their job.  The last time the U.S. Supreme Court heard a donning and doffing case IBP v. Alvarez, et.al, 03-1238 …

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Be Careful – Complying with Separation Agreements and Personnel File Issues

Parties often include in separation agreements a confidentiality provision, along with a provision indicating that the agreement is not to be included in the soon-to be former employee’s personnel file. Sometimes, such provisions may end up being meaningless gestures, in light of the fact that such agreements may be susceptible to subpoenas and discovery requests…

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2013 Labor, Employment, Employee Benefits and Immigration Law Seminar Summary

      On October 30, 2013, Pullman & Comley, LLC’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department presented its annual seminar on labor, employment, employee benefits and immigration law issues at The Hartford Club in Hartford, Connecticut.     Highlights of the seminar included Attorney Andrew Glassman’s highly-informative discussion on the impact of legalized…

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Welcome to “Working Together”

Welcome to the Pullman & Comley Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Law Blog, “Working Together,”  providing timely, substantive information on the constantly changing workplace laws affecting your employees and your business. The articles on this blog are authored by the attorneys in our Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department, each of whom brings individual…

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