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  • State of the Pandemic: Moving On, Even If Variants Won’t Let Us

    For a few moments over the weekend, it felt entirely like a normal July 4th holiday. Going to a picnic. Watching fireworks. Grilling burgers and hot dogs.  And for me, losing a few golf balls out on the course. And yet. In Connecticut, reported cases of COVID are now up 50 percent in the last...

  • Kennedy v. Bremerton School District: A Coach’s Prayers Are Answered

    On June 27, 2022 the United States Supreme Court surprised many observers by holding that the free exercise and free speech rights of a football coach employed by a public school were violated when his employment was terminated after he refused to comply with a school district directive not to pray publicly on the football...

  • Dobbs and the Impact of the Abortion Decision for Employers

    It would be easy to say that the Supreme Court’s decision on Friday has nothing to do with the workplace and therefore presents no employment law issues. But such an approach would not only be foolish, it would be wrong. The full impact of the decision will be felt for an entire generation while a...

  • Reminder: Cannabis Workplace Provisions Go Into Effect July 1

    A friendly reminder to employers that provisions of Connecticut’s adult-use cannabis statute concerning the use of cannabis in the workplace go into effect on July 1, 2022.  We published a detailed article about what the cannabis statute means for employers last year.  With the effective date of those provisions quickly approaching, now is the perfect...

  • New Proposed Title IX Regulations Released on the Statute’s 50th Anniversary

    Today, on the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education issued 701 pages of proposed amendments to the Title IX federal regulations. Long awaited, the Biden Administration’s proposal intends to replace major components of the August 2020 Title IX regulations. In the words of Department of Education Secretary Miguel Cardona: As we...

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 6/23/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: I keep personal notes in my right-hand desk drawer to document my concerns with teachers and other employees. One of the teachers in my school has asked for a copy of her “personnel file.” Do I have to share my secret notes with her? Signed, Don’t...

  • Minimum Wage Going Up on July 1st. But Just Wait Until 2024.

    With inflation running rampant, it’s easy to forget that changes to the state’s minimum wage continue to roll out.  Ever since the passage of the wage hikes a few years ago, employers have been dealing with $1 increases each year. On July 1, 2022, the minimum wage per hour will increase to $14/hour.  Next year,...

  • Connecticut Legislative Update 2022: New Laws Impacting Public and Private Employers

    Over the past few weeks, Governor Lamont signed several bills that will impact public and private employers in several ways. While there are other bills that will take effect in October 2022, and subsequently in 2023, we have summarized below the bills that have effective dates July 1, 2022 and earlier. Senate Bill 163 becomes...

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 6/16/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: The end of the current school year cannot come soon enough. As the principal of an elementary school, I speak for my entire staff when I say that we are all exhausted and crabby and need some time off. Apparently, that goes for parents as well....

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 6/9/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: As the principal of a middle school, I am investigating a complaint that a teacher used profane and insulting language in class, and I confront a dilemma. In talking with students in the class, a student shared a video with me that he took in the...

  • New Opportunities Under Connecticut’s Expanded Tax Credits for Manufacturers

    This article first appeared on CBIA’s website and is published here with permission. On May 7, 2022, Gov. Lamont signed Public Act 22-118 into law. Among its many provisions, the act provides pass-through businesses operating in Connecticut, such as limited liability companies and S corporations and their members and shareholders, with the opportunity to directly benefit from...

  • Five Steps To Take When An Employment Law Lawsuit Has Been Filed Against Your Company

    It’s Wednesday afternoon and you get an email from a service that receives lawsuits on your behalf. “Congratulations! You are the recipient of a new lawsuit!” No, it doesn’t really say that. Rather, it’ll basically attach a copy of the lawsuit and remind you that the clock is ticking for a response. It might as...

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 6/2/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: I have always understood that personnel matters are confidential.  Therefore, I was surprised when the superintendent shared personnel file information about a teacher with the public at my local board of education meeting last evening. Some weeks ago, a teacher in my school was arrested and...

  • See You In Court – June 2022

    As the end of the school year approaches, most of the members of the Nutmeg Board of Education are looking forward to putting the challenges of the COVID pandemic behind them.  Veteran Board member Bob Bombast, however, is not one of them.  For Bob, the pandemic was a formative experience that should result in permanent...

  • The Hazy Crazy Workplace Is Coming

    Imagine, as that old movie plot goes, falling asleep 25 years ago and waking up now. Beyond the technology, there might be nothing stranger than driving on Connecticut highways and seeing billboards for selling cannabis (in Massachusetts) nearly every mile.  (Though, don’t look now, but the state is banning those.) Well, it’s about to get...

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 5/26/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: A family just moved to town, and they enrolled their fourth-grade son in the elementary school where I am principal.  To say that they feel entitled doesn’t quite do justice to their actions.  I was taken aback by the father’s request to interview teachers teaching the...

  • Is the State of Employment Litigation Good for Employers or Bad?

    Let’s take a test. In the last ten years or so, the number of charges of discrimination and retaliation filed at the EEOC has done WHAT? a) Gone up by 40 percent b) Gone up by 15 percent c) Stayed relatively flat d) Gone down by 15 percent e) Gone down by 40 percent Turns...

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 5/19/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: Must a dress code be part of a teacher’s contract? Here is my issue: When the weather warms up, our school nurse starts to see an increase in scrapes and bruises due to falls on the playground that are attributed to students running while wearing flip-flops....

  • Remember the Pandemic? Latest Wave Causes New Issues for Employers

    It’s not over. We all knew that, though some of us — including me — were hoping for a least a bit of a respite during the spring and summer months. No such luck.  Indeed, after two years of avoiding the illness, we recently had a “visit” of COVID to our house; thankfully, the one...

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 5/12/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: With all we learned during the pandemic, we are certainly capable of pivoting to remote learning anytime we have an emergency closure (e.g., snow day, power outage). I was relishing the prospect of not having to make up such emergency closure days and getting out on...

  • CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – 5/5/22

    Originally appeared in the CAS Weekly Newsletter Dear Legal Mailbag: Next week, we have our junior prom, and as principal I will be stationed at the door once again, deciding which students to let in and which to send home. I have prided myself in the past as being quite perspicacious. Looking students in the eye,...

  • New Podcast Episode: NLRB Update, Part 2: Significant NLRB Decisions and Their Effect on Employers

    In our first episode, NLRB Update, Part 1: Latest Guidance from the General Counsel’s Office, host Gabe Jiran was joined by labor and employment lawyer Jarad Lucan for a discussion about the NLRB General Counsel’s initiatives for the next four years and what they may mean for employers. In NLRB Update, Part 2: Significant NLRB Decisions...

  • The New Digital Campaign for Your Company’s Workers

    If I said the words, “My money don’t jiggle jiggle, it folds”, what’s your first reaction? If you said, I have no idea what you’re talking about, then this post is for you. But the rest of you know what I’m talking about and are probably humming it right now — it’s part of a...

  • “Captive Audience” Bill Passes General Assembly; Will It Pass Legal Scrutiny

    With union organizing efforts making headlines at Amazon and Starbucks, a new bill in Connecticut is designed to make it even easier for unions to win organizing votes. A bill banning so-called “captive audience” meetings won final approval from the Connecticut General Assembly late Friday; it moves to the Governor’s office where his approval seems assured...

  • New Law Removes Sunset Date for Conducting Remote and Hybrid Meetings

    Under the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act, public agencies, including boards of education, must make their meetings, other than executive sessions, open to the public. Last year, the Connecticut legislature passed a law allowing public agencies, until April 30, 2022, to hold public meetings that are accessible to the public through electronic equipment, or through...

  • Natalia Sieira Millán to be Panelist During CAS-CIAC Women in Leadership Virtual Conference

    Natalia Sieira Millán will be a panelist during the CAS-CIAC Women in Leadership Virtual Conference. This year’s conference includes two panels of distinguished women leaders in the fields of education, law enforcement, Esports, entrepreneurship, media, students and athletics. The Women in Leadership Conference will focus on how dynamic individual leadership builds community and shared purpose...

  • Natalia Sieira Millán to be Panelist During CAS-CIAC Women in Leadership Virtual Conference

    Natalia Sieira Millán will be a panelist during the CAS-CIAC Women in Leadership Virtual Conference. This year’s conference includes two panels of distinguished women leaders in the fields of education, law enforcement, Esports, entrepreneurship, media, students and athletics. The Women in Leadership Conference will focus on how dynamic individual leadership builds community and shared purpose...

  • EPA Releases New Details for Clean School Bus Program

    To supplement our prior post on the new EPA Clean School Bus Program, we summarize the information provided in EPA’s 4/27/22 public webinar.  EPA will update its website in May with the official details. Recall the bipartisan infrastructure law’s calls for EPA’s clean school bus program to provide up to $5 billion to begin transforming the...

  • See You In Court – May 2022

    Given all that graduating seniors have gone through with the COVID pandemic, a group of parents in Nutmeg have been working since the fall on “Project Super-Duper Graduation” (PS-DG).  The members of the Nutmeg Board of Education are generally supportive of parent efforts, but these parents have been particularly headstrong and unwise in their planning...

  • BONUS Podcast Episode: What to Expect at this Year’s Legal Update for the Public Sector

    On May 5, 2022, Shipman will host our annual virtual seminar for the public sector. Details here. We have received a few questions about the event and to help answer these burning questions we have recorded this special bonus episode of From Lawyer to Employer: A Shipman Podcast. Joining our host Gabe Jiran, is school law...

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