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Connecticut Supreme Court Upholds Fluctuating Workweek Method . . . but Not for Retail Employees

The Connecticut Supreme Court’s holding in Williams v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., No. SC 19829 (August 17, 2017) is a mixed bag for Connecticut employers. While the court held that Connecticut law does not generally prohibit an employer’s use of the fluctuating workweek method to calculate a nonexempt employee’s hourly overtime rate, it also held that a Connecticut Department of Labor wage order does prohibit its use in connection with mercantile employees, which includes retail employees.

No Fluctuating Workweek for Retail Employees Paid by Commission, Connecticut Supreme Court Rules

Employers in Connecticut may not use the "fluctuating workweek" method of calculating overtime for retail employees who are paid a commission as part of their earnings, for delivery drivers or for sales merchandisers.

Tip Credit Does Not Apply to Delivery Drivers Declares Connecticut Supreme Court

In a decision released on April 4, 2017, the Connecticut Supreme Court found that employers cannot take advantage of a “tip credit” for delivery drivers in order to meet the state minimum wage.

Connecticut Supreme Court Holds Restaurant-Employer May Not Use ‘Tip Credit’ for Delivery Drivers

Finding the Connecticut Department of Labor regulations on tip credit are “not incompatible” with the state tip credit law, the Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that an employer’s pizza delivery drivers are not subject to a tip credit. Amaral Brothers, Inc. v. Department of Labor, No. SC 19622 (Apr. 4, 2017).

Connecticut Minimum Wage Rises to $10.10 on January 1

Connecticut employers must begin paying $10.10 per hour to their employees on January 1, 2017.

Connecticut Payroll Card Law to Take Effect

A new law taking effect in Connecticut on October 1 will allow employers the convenience of paying employees by payroll card. Previously, this method of wage payment was not permitted, and employers in the state could pay employees only in cash, by check or direct deposit.

Reminder – Connecticut Minimum Wage Rises to $9.60 on January 1

Connecticut employers must begin paying $9.60 per hour to their employees on January 1, 2016 as part of legislation designed to raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017. For restaurant waitstaff who receive sufficient gratuities, the employer must pay $7.82 per hour under the new minimum wage, but the employee must still make at least $9.60 per hour including tips and employers must follow recordkeeping and reporting obligations related to the tip credit.

New Connecticut Law is Double Trouble for Employers

Wage violations are about to get more costly for Connecticut employers. A new statute, effective October 1, 2015, requires courts to award double damages plus court costs and attorneys’ fees if an employer has failed to pay an employee’s wages (including minimum wage and overtime owed), accrued fringe benefits, or arbitration award. The new law applies to all employers in the state.

Connecticut Goes Beyond the NLRA, Prohibiting Employer Restrictions on Disclosure of Wages

While employers frequently attempt to restrict discussion among employees regarding pay, recent legislation in Connecticut prohibits employers from disciplining or otherwise retaliating against employees who discuss wage information.

Connecticut Bans Employer-Enforced Pay Secrecy

A recently enacted law, Public Act No. 15-196, prohibits public and private employers from barring discussions about wages or penalizing employees for discussing wages. The new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2015, protects the rights of employees to discuss their own wages and the wages of co-workers who have voluntarily disclosed their wages.

Connecticut Imposes Double Damages for Failure to Pay Proper Minimum Wage or Overtime

On June 23, 2015, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a new statute that imposes double damages on employers who fail to pay an employee minimum wage or overtime. With one exception, the new law requires a court to award double damages plus court costs and attorney’s fees if it finds that an employer has (1) failed to pay an employee’s wages, accrued fringe benefits, or arbitration award or (2) failed to meet the law’s requirements for an employee’s minimum wage or overtime rates.

Connecticut’s New Minimum Wage Law Includes Major Changes

Connecticut recently became the first state in the country to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by the year 2017, the same rate that President Barack Obama has been seeking for the federal minimum wage. Connecticut lawmakers passed the historic bill on March 26, 2014, and it was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy the following day. Connecticut had just voted to increase the minimum wage last year, to its current level of $8.70 per hour.

Connecticut Increases Minimum Wage to $10.10 Over Three Years

Despite the fact that Connecticut’s minimum wage just rose from $8.25 to $8.70 per hour and was slated to increase to $9.00 in 2015, the Connecticut General Assembly could not wait to pass another minimum wage law. The Governor signed a bill into law that will bring Connecticut’s minimum wage up to $10.10 in 2017, with interim increases to $9.15 in 2015 and $9.60 in 2016.

Connecticut Becomes the First State to Increase Minimum Wage to $10.10 per Hour by 2017

On March 27, 2014, Connecticut became the first state in the country to pass legislation mandating an increase to the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour by 2017—the same rate to which President Barack Obama is seeking to raise the federal minimum wage. The Connecticut state legislature approved the bill on March 26, and Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed the bill into law the following day.

Connecticut Hikes Minimum Wage Effective January 1, 2014

The Connecticut General Assembly approved a pay hike for thousands of low-wage workers. The Connecticut minimum wage, currently $8.25 per hour, will increase to $8.70 on January 1, 2014, then $9 a year later. Employers should update their workplace posters to reflect the new rates.

Connecticut’s Minimum Wage Increase

Connecticut recently implemented an increase in its minimum wage in a two-step process that will go into effect between 2014 and 2015. The state’s minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.70 per hour on January 1, 2014. The minimum wage will then increase further to $9.00 per hour on January 1, 2015. This long-anticipated change will be the first increase in Connecticut’s minimum wage since January 2010.

Connecticut Employers -- Get Ready for the 680th Hour or Violate the Law

If you're a Connecticut employer subject to the new Paid Sick Leave Law, the time to begin doling out paid sick time is at hand. An eligible employee is entitled to begin using sick time after his or her 680th hour on the job since January 1, 2012. For many full-time employees, the 680th hour will occur around April 30, 2012.