Over the weekend, some 8,000 unemployment claims were filed just in Connecticut (the average is 1,000).  With the Governor ordering the closures of restaurants and bars (except for takeout and delivery), gyms, movie theaters, and more effective at 8 p.m. on March 16, 2020, many employers have already begun instituting mass layoffs.

As a result,

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, the White House recently announced that “out of an abundance of caution, temperature checks are now being performed on any individuals who are in close contact with the President and Vice President.”  These checks will cover employees, visitors, and members of the press.  In a prior post,

On March 10, 2020, Governor Lamont declared civil preparedness and public health emergencies related to the COVID-19 outbreak. The primary effect of those declarations is that the Governor is empowered to take actions in order to protect the safety and health of residents in the State. This authority can be quite broad, so employers may

With Connecticut and other neighboring states now reporting COVID-19 cases, employers need to be prepared to act quickly as COVID-19 cases become more prevalent in the region.

As a preliminary matter, employers may consult the CDC, state DPH websites and their local health department for the most up-to-date information on how employers should respond to

The National Labor Relations Board will likely issue its final rule on February 26 regarding joint-employer status under the National Labor Relations Act. According to a notice issued by the Board today, “[t]he final rule restores the joint-employer standard that the Board applied for several decades prior to the 2015 decision in Browning-Ferris, but

Don’t wait until it’s too late! Sexual Harassment Prevention Training is required by October 1, 2020 for all Connecticut employers.

The recently passed Connecticut Time’s Up Act requires every Connecticut employer with three or more employees to provide sexual harassment prevention training by October 1, 2020 to all supervisory and nonsupervisory personnel.

This program will

On March 1, 2020, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) will be implementing a new electronic registration process as part of its annual H-1B Cap Lottery. Given that the upcoming Fiscal Year 2021 (“FY2021”) H-1B Cap Lottery will be the first to be conducted using this new registration process, U. S. employers seeking to

2019 ended with a bang for stakeholders of retirement plans with the passage of the SECURE Act, a major piece of federal legislation that will alter the retirement plan landscape for years to come. Signed into law as part of a $1.4 trillion bipartisan spending bill on December 20, the SECURE Act (the full name

On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law H.R. 1865, the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020 (now Pub. L. 116-94) (the “Appropriations Act”), which, among other things, contains the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act (the “Act”). The Act is a significant piece of retirement legislation which seeks to expand access

On December 20, 2019, the President signed legislation repealing the excise tax, otherwise known as the “Cadillac tax,” on high cost health insurance plans.  Both houses of Congress had adopted the legislation the day before, as part of a federal spending package.

The excise tax was a component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Without