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Connecticut Department of Labor Provides a Tool for Businesses During Economic Downturns

To prevent layoffs and allow businesses to spring back from economic downturns, the Connecticut Department of Labor's Shared Work program allows workers to be kept on board part-time while the state pays them partial unemployment benefits. Talent is retained until business improves, saving the business recruitment and training costs as well as the systemic challenges of on-boarding a new team. Workers also benefit, receiving a higher income than they would with unemployment benefits alone and exemption from unemployment work-search requirements.

Firing at U of Connecticut results in employment litigation

An unusual employment litigation matter is currently taking place involving the University of Connecticut. A scientist that worked for the college was accused of faking research regarding health benefits of drinking red wine, and he soon after was let go from his position after an investigation of research misconduct was made. The scientist now feels that the process for removing him from his position was improper and was in violation of his civil rights.

FMLA proposed changes coming in March

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) regulations are currently in the process of being revised and are due to be issued in March of 2013. Among other things, the regulations are expected to extend leave for caregivers in the military to employees whose family members are in the military who are sick or injured. The regulations will also create changes to require employees to take leave in specified increments.

Mandatory arbitration clauses and employment contracts

Per recent decisions by the United States Supreme Court, arbitrators may have been given more leeway in employment contract determinations under the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). This provision required workers and consumers alike to abide by contracts that required arbitration to decide a dispute.

Woman's wrongful termination appeal mostly denied

For the most part, when you hear the phrase "wrongful termination" thrown around, you are inclined to believe that the company must have been at fault. Somehow, someway, the big bad corporation did what it needed to do in order to get an employee off the books.

Trade Secret Misappropriation: Soliciting a Former Employer's Customers

An issue that often arises is an employee, upon terminating his or her employment, attempting to solicit his former employer's customers. An employee can plan to go into competition with his employer and may even take active steps to do so while still employed. However, an employee may not use his employer's confidential information to do so.

Standard Severance Packages in CT - There's No Such Thing!

One of the most important things a Connecticut Employment lawyer can do for you is review or negotiate a severance agreement. There is no standard form agreement for severance like for a home purchase. Each and every term is critical.

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