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January 2013 Archives

Antitrust suit against Google dropped by the FTC

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has recently dropped its lawsuit against Google regarding supposed antitrust practices in the design of its search engines. Google has been accused of promoting its own products over competitors when it comes to search engine results.

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.

Public Employees Can Lose Their Jobs Over Online Information

lady holding book-laptop B-W2-thumb-140x208-16439.jpgThough public employees tend to enjoy greater protections that private sector employees, their personal activities posted online can cost them their jobs. On January 11, 2013, the California Commission on Professional Competence issued an influential ruling upholding the termination of an adult actress turned teacher. The three-judge panel issued a 46-page decision denying the Stacie Halas's appeal to return to work after her school's administration discovered her previous career.

The Law Does Not Always Keep Up With Technology

Connecticut entrepreneurs need to remain mindful of anachronistic laws. Connecticut businesses used to be able to rely on laws passed in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, but the technology and social media booms of the past ten or so years may cause those laws to be overlooked.

Breach of contract has led to delay and expense

A company hired to provide electrical supplies for a particular Connecticut city street project has sued a contracting corporation for $323,000. The project involving improvements to sidewalks, parking areas, landscaping and streets has reportedly been put on hold due to delays by this contracting firm.

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.

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