Legislative Developments

As plans for a broader vaccine rollout unfold, the questions and decisions facing employers have multiplied.  Beyond the important question of whether employers can mandate vaccines, there is an equally-challenging question: should they?

Join Shipman’s cross-disciplinary panel for this complimentary webinar, in which presenters will explore: employer vaccine mandates, what information employers can seek

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Peter Murphy, Julie Fay, and Dan Schwartz addressed the Connecticut Construction Industries Association on the very latest regarding Connecticut’s vaccination efforts and how employers in the building trades can prepare for and then implement best practices in ensuring a vaccinated workforce.

The presentation is one of a series of presentations

Within his first few days in office, President Biden issued a wave of executive orders aimed at protecting workers amid the pandemic. According to the White House, the core policy objective underlying each order is implementing evidence-based measures to support the workforce and protect those hit hardest by the pandemic, including communities of color and

Last week, Governor Ned Lamont issued Executive Order No. 9K (“Order”) — the 79th such order — rolling back the State’s reopening to “Phase 2.1” effective November 6, 2020.  This Order comes in response to the alarming increase of COVID-19 cases statewide and implements mandatory changes to restaurants, event venues, performing arts, movie theaters, and

Earlier in the pandemic, Congress passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”), which has two main components: the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (“FMLA+”).  Shortly before those new provisions became effective, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) provided additional guidance on both the

Across Connecticut, and in other parts of the country, many students are returning to hybrid instructional models this week. This raises the question for employers, including school districts, of whether these schools are “closed” for reasons related to COVID-19 on remote learning days, and, if so, whether employees are entitled to paid Families First Coronavirus

On August 14, 2020, Connecticut issued Executive Order 7NNN which updates and supersedes Executive Order 7BB by requiring medical documentation in order for an individual to claim an exemption from the requirement to wear a mask or face covering in public places, businesses and other workplaces.

The basic mask rule remains unchanged. Any individual in

Following a trend seen in other states, Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont on Friday issued a new executive order changing the framework for handling COVID-19-related workers’ compensation cases. The order creates a rebuttable presumption that an employee’s COVID-19 diagnosis from mid-March to mid-May was an “occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment,”

As the COVID-19 pandemic eases a bit in Connecticut, other states are now seeing record high numbers of cases. As a result, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has issued new Executive Order No. 7BBB mandating that visitors from certain states with high numbers of cases self-quarantine. For employers, this new self-quarantine rule will add still

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued guidance to answer frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the proper use of cloth face masks “at work” during the COVID-19 pandemic. The OSHA guidance must be read in conjunction with any applicable state rules and orders, many of which currently mandate that employees wear a