As we discussed in prior posts, the CARES Act made five significant changes to unemployment benefits in response to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Creating Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) for individuals who were not previously eligible for unemployment benefits or who have exhausted all other forms of unemployment benefits;
  2. Providing individuals who exhausted regular unemployment compensation

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Governor Lamont issued his latest Executive Order (7V) mandating new workplace safety rules to be promulgated by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Department of Public Health (DPH).  Shortly thereafter, the new rules were released.  For essential businesses, these new rules should be implemented immediately. Also

The CARES Act made significant changes to unemployment benefits in response to the COVID pandemic.  As we explained in our March 31, 2020 update, this included expanding unemployment benefits to those who were not previously eligible (e.g. self-employed individuals or employees of religious schools), extending benefits for 13 additional weeks, and eliminating the one-week

On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed the “Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.”  The CARES Act makes significant changes to the unemployment compensation structure for all employers, including governmental entities and non-profit organizations. The CARES Act also implements a Paycheck Protection Program, which is designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses

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,

While new laws regarding Paid FMLA and Sexual Harassment Training have been receiving the majority of the press on the most recent legislative term at the General Assembly, one bill that passed in the waning hours will have a significant impact for restaurants in Connecticut.

House Bill 5001, which awaits the Governor’s signature at

Last week, the federal government passed its new budget proposal, which included an amendment of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to protect the rights of tipped workers. Prior to this law, tip sharing rules were governed by DOL wage and hour regulations.

The new law is in direct opposition to a proposed Department of