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Gabriel Jiran is a partner in Shipman's Employment and Labor Practice Group. Gabriel practices labor and employment law on behalf of corporations and public employers. He assists employers in addressing the full spectrum of issues associated with the employment relationship. He negotiates collective bargaining agreements, and frequently represents employers before administrative agencies and courts in labor disputes. Gabriel also litigates employment disputes on behalf of employers.

Over the past year, we have all experienced many employment law changes related to COVID-19 and vaccines, workplace accommodations, FMLA, recreational marijuana, legislative updates and more. We invite you to tune in as we recap the hottest workplace topics of 2021 and provide a 2022 roadmap for what employers can expect in the coming year.

As more workplaces mandate vaccinations, employers and employees alike have experienced confusion about COVID-19 vaccine status and the HIPAA Privacy Rule (the “Privacy Rule”).  Some have mistakenly thought that HIPAA restricts disclosure in the workplace setting.  HIPAA does not and has never applied to health information employers hold about employees in human resources or personnel

Effective today, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Connecticut is lifting its mask mandate for vaccinated individuals per Executive Order No. 12.  During a press conference on May 17th, Governor Lamont announced that Connecticut will follow the CDC’s lead in loosening COVID-19 restrictions based on positive indicators including scientific data showing the effectiveness of vaccines, decreased

Effective Friday, March 19, many of the mandatory practices that Connecticut required businesses to follow in order to reopen during the pandemic changed to recommended best practices. Under the prior guidance, Connecticut businesses were required to:

  • Follow CDC cleaning and disinfecting guidelines;
  • Require masks in all public settings where social distancing is not possible;

During the month of October, we hosted one webinar a week that featured discussions on timely topics and updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting employers. If you were unable to attend the live webinars, they are now available to view On-Demand.

We invite you to register for any of the complimentary On-Demand CLE

Join us as we take our annual fall seminar virtual! For the month of October, we will be hosting one webinar a week that will feature timely topics as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting employers.

We invite you to register for any of the complimentary CLE webinars listed below:

As most employers know by now, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) has two main components:  the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA” or “FMLA+”).  The United States Department of Labor (“USDOL”) has recently provided additional guidance on how an employer’s leave policies interact

Late Tuesday, April 21, 2020, Connecticut updated its Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers yet again, tweaking the rules on masks in the workplace that had been put in place just days earlier.

The modifications by the Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) reduce the need for employees to wear a mask or face

Late Wednesday afternoon, just as the leave provisions of EFMLEA and EPSLA were becoming effective to employers, the United States Department of Labor issued regulations addressing a host of issues.  Some of the regulations mirrored the DOL guidance released last week, but other portions were new or further clarifications.

While no alert can detail all