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Connecticut Set to Offer Most Generous Paid Family Leave Benefits in the Country

Connecticut continues to add to its roster of employee-friendly laws, leaving businesses throughout the state to figure out how best to address the resulting changes. The legislative session closed on June 5, 2019, with laws pertaining to paid family leave, sexual harassment training, whistleblower protections, and non-compete agreements awaiting likely signature by Governor Ned Lamont; a bill enacting changes to the state minimum wage law has already been signed.

It’s Official: Connecticut Minimum Wage Will Increase to $15.00 per Hour

On May 28, 2019, Governor Ned Lamont signed House Bill No. 5004 The bill, entitled “An Act Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage,” increases Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15.00 an hour over the next approximately four years.

Connecticut to Join the Increasing Number of States Enacting a $15 Minimum Wage Law

With Governor Ed Lamont pledging to sign it into law, Connecticut will become the latest state to pass a $15.00 per hour minimum wage bill joining, among other states, its Northeast neighbors New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, in doing so.

Connecticut the Latest State to Increase the Statewide Minimum Wage to $15 per Hour

On May 17, 2019, Connecticut lawmakers passed House Bill 5004, “An Act Increasing the Minimum Fair Wage,” which raises the state’s minimum wage, in increments, to $15 per hour by 2023. Governor Ned Lamont has pledged to sign the bill.

Connecticut Sets Course for $15 Minimum Wage

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont today signed into law a bill that will raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2023.

Connecticut Issues Guidance on Pregnancy Accommodation

On April 23, 2019, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights & Opportunities (CHRO) issued a Best Practices Bluepaper as guidance for employers with three or more employees facing accommodation requests from employees for pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions.

Legislative Update on Proposed Labor and Employment Bills Affecting Connecticut Employers

As we move deeper into the 2019 legislative season, the Connecticut General Assembly is considering several proposed bills in the state House and Senate that—if enacted—would affect employers in significant ways. With a substantial Democratic majority in both the House and the Senate—and a newly elected Democratic governor—there is a good chance that several employee-friendly bills will pass this year, including a new paid family and medical leave program. Below is an overview of the more meaningful bills that were recently reported out of the Labor and Public Employees Committee for review and action by the full Connecticut House and Senate.

Minimum Wages Rising In Connecticut? Not Now, But Some Employers Are Voluntarily Increasing Wages

In Connecticut, minimum wage is currently $10.10 an hour. However, localities across the country, including Connecticut’s neighbor New York City, have rapidly been increasing the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour. In fact, this has been a movement sweeping the nation for years. Taking notice, employers in Connecticut are beginning to voluntarily take action, unprompted by the legislature, to increase their minimum wage.

CT Employers: When Is The Last Time You Conducted Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training?

Connecticut employers with 50 or more employees have long been required to provide supervisors with sexual harassment training. Employers, however, often get tripped up on the timing of the training when an employee is promoted to a supervisory position. This is especially true in the first quarter of the year when promotions often take effect.

“You Wrote Me Up? I’m Writing You Up!” CT Employers – Don’t Forget To Let Employees Submit A Written Objection To Disciplinary Actions, Evaluations And Notices Of Termination

Even though the law in Connecticut has been on the books for over 5 years, we still come across employers who forget to tell their employees they have the opportunity to respond to write-ups, performance evaluations and/or notices of termination. Not only must employees have the opportunity to respond, they must be advised in writing of this right. Employers, consider this article your reminder!