On August 6, 2021, Acting Governor Susan Bysiewicz issued Executive Order 13B (the “Order”) requiring long-term care facilities to mandate staff members with “direct access” (i.e., physical access) to patients or residents be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Order applies to long-term care facilities, which is defined to include nursing homes, residential care homes, assisted living

With the rise in the Delta variant of COVID-19, employers are revisiting the issue of whether to impose mandates for vaccination. This week, Shipman Partner Daniel Schwartz spoke with Dennis House and News8 (WTNH-ABC) about the issue.

For employers, there are some important considerations when developing mandatory vaccination policies. Here are a few key takeaways

As data breaches become a fact of life for both businesses and consumers, barely a news cycle goes by without a story of another successful hack, ransomware, theft of personal data or other data breach. These data breaches are occurring in an environment in which cyber criminals continue to evolve their methods and increase the

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) first released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (“NPRM”) to modify the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) Privacy Rule on December 10, 2020. OCR extended the deadline for public comment to the NPRM to May 6, 2021 and recently released those

On Friday, July 9, 2021, President Biden issued a sweeping executive order that asked the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) to develop new regulations that ban or limit noncompete agreements. The request has no immediate impact on existing noncompete agreements, but employers should expect new regulations in the coming months. In the meantime, many questions remain

Effective today, recreational marijuana is legal for personal use in Connecticut. Your employees might think that this means they have free reign to use marijuana in the workplace.  They would be wrong.  In fact, the new law provides employers with significant authority to prohibit marijuana use in the workplace and punish marijuana use outside of

On June 16, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a Notice of Interpretation titled “The Department’s Enforcement of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 with Respect to Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Light of Bostock v. Clayton County.”  As anticipated, OCR makes

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