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Connecticut Supreme Court Rules that Collateral Estoppel Does Not Bar a Statutory Claim Brought Before the Workers' Compensation Commission Despite Prior Arbitration of the Similar Claim

The Connecticut Supreme Court is permitting a city worker in New Haven, Connecticut, to pursue a claim for retaliation before the Workers’ Compensation Commission. The city had previously fired the worker on the grounds that the worker had committed workers’ compensation fraud.

In Connecticut, Global Release “Non-Binding” with Respect to Workers’ Compensation Claims Until Approved by Commissioner

In a recent decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court gave teeth to the provisions of Connecticut General Statute § 31-296 of the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Act—which provide a mechanism through which employers and employees can work together to reach a private agreement regarding the compensation owed to an employee who suffers a workplace injury. In so doing, the court offered a stark reminder to employers that “while voluntary agreements or stipulations may be reached between employees and employers regarding the settlement of workers’ compensation claims, such agreements are non-binding until approved by a commissioner.”
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