Legislative Developments

Over the last week, Governor Lamont signed two bills, House Bill 6380 (Public Act 21-30) and House Bill 5158 (Public Act 21-27), that will impact public and private employers beginning October 1, 2021 in significant (and yet entirely different) ways.

House Bill 6380 adds another layer of complexity for employers engaged in hiring and also

On June 4, 2021, Governor Lamont signed into law Public Act 21-25, which is effective October 1, 2021.  This Act, entitled “An Act Concerning Access to Certain Public Employees by The Exclusive Bargaining Representative of a Public Employer Bargaining Unit,” sets forth new obligations on public employers in Connecticut regarding union access to their employees

Today the EEOC published updated guidance to address questions it has received from employers about vaccines in the workplace.  The guidance represents the first substantive update to the rules from the EEOC regarding the pandemic since December 2020.

Specifically, the new guidance states that employers may:

  • Require all employees physically entering the workplace to

On April 28, 2021, Governor Lamont signed into law Public Act 21-6, An Act Concerning Immunizations, which took effect the same day.  As we discussed in our prior post, the new law eliminates the religious exemption from school immunization requirements for both public and private school students, although certain students will be allowed

On May 9, 2021, the Connecticut State Department of Education released guidance regarding the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (“ARP ESSER Guidance”).  The ARP ESSER Guidance explains state-level priorities for the use of such funds and encourages districts to think boldly and create transformative programs for students. 

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

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), which was signed into law last month by President Biden, brought about many changes as part of its $1.9 trillion legislation.  One significant impact of the ARPA was the expansion of eligibility for tax credits to certain governmental employers that voluntarily provide qualifying paid sick and family

On April 28, 2021, Governor Lamont signed into law House Bill 6423, An Act Concerning Immunizations, which took effect the same day.  The new law modifies an existing law, Section 10-204a of the Connecticut General Statutes, which had allowed students enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade to be exempt from statutory immunization requirements based

This week, the Connecticut Appellate Court upheld the dismissal of a wrongful discharge claim against Marvelwood School. In doing so, the Court turned back an attempt to limit the employment-at-will doctrine and provided employers in Connecticut with reassurance that wrongful discharge claims will be appropriately limited.

For employers, Zweig v. Marvelwood School should serve as

On Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a sweeping cannabis bill legalizing recreational marijuana for those aged twenty-one and over.  New York previously legalized medical marijuana and certain hemp products, but the new law takes the final step towards full legalization.  With the passage of this law, New York becomes the sixteenth state