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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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