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Sep 21 2018

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Issues Updated FCRA Model Disclosures

By: Margaret Sheahan

Employers using vendors to do background checks on applicants should be familiar with the relevant requirements of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. As of today, the notice applicants receive regarding their FCRA rights has been updated to reflect chang... Read Article


Jul 06 2018

You have just been fired, now what?

By: Maria Garcia-Quintner

Job loss is often cited as one of the top 5 most stressful events in a person’s life, along with death of a loved one, divorce, moving and a major illness.  At times the termination does not come as a surprise, and has nothing to do with y... Read Article


Jun 20 2018

State Legislature fails to pass the “Largest Overhaul in Modern Connecticut History of Sexual Harassment Laws”

By: Maria Garcia-Quintner

Posted in: Workplace Harassment

In March 2018, my colleague Jessica Slippen addressed the Connecticut Legislature’s effort to overhaul the state sex harassment and sex assault laws, in response to the “me too”  and “times up” movements.  Stat... Read Article


Jun 04 2018

Reese Mitchell named 40 Under Forty Winner

Posted in: Firm News

Congratulations to Reese Mitchell for being named a 40 Under Forty 2018 Winner by The Fairfield County Business Journal. The Fairfield County Business Journal Read Article


May 24 2018

Connecticut Bans Employers From Asking About an Applicant’s Salary History

By: Reese Mitchell

Posted in: Workplace Discrimination

How much were you paid at your last job is a routine question potential employers ask applicants during the interview process. However, on May 22, 2018, Connecticut became the fifth state to ban salary history inquiries by employers or their agents. ... Read Article


Apr 19 2018

Maritime Law Could Provide Recovery for Workplace Harassment at Sea

By: Reese Mitchell

Posted in: Workplace Harassment

Working at sea is dangerous. It is an environment where injuries can occur in seconds. Because of this danger, individual seamen attached to a ship’s crew have access to specific legal remedies for injuries. These include maintenance, cure, and... Read Article


Apr 10 2018

Peg Sheahan named Lawyer of the Year, Employment Law-Individuals

Posted in: Firm News

Congratulations to Peg Sheahan for being voted 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, in the Employment Law-Individuals category for the New Haven Metro Area. https://www.bestlawyers.com/lawyers/margaret-m-sheahan/122627 Read Article


Apr 09 2018

Supreme Court declares exemptions to FLSA no longer narrowly construed against the employer

By: Maria Garcia-Quintner

Posted in: Fair Labor Standards Act

Owners of car dealerships around the country are celebrating the Supreme Court’s ruling in Encino Motorcars, LLC v. Navarro, No. 16-1362. The question before the Court was whether service advisors, are exempt from receiving overtime compensatio... Read Article


Mar 23 2018

Quick Reminder

By: Margaret Sheahan

Employers with 100 or more employees, and federal government direct, or first tier sub, contractors with 50 or more employees are required to file EEO-1 reports by March 31,2018.  An EEO-1 report states the number of employees by race, nation... Read Article


Mar 22 2018

The Times They Are A-Changin’: CT Lawmakers Propose Overhaul of State Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Laws

By: Jessica Slippen

Posted in: Workplace Harassment

There is no question that in the wake of the recent scandals in Hollywood and corporate America, as well as the evolution of the ‘me too’ movement, the issue of sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace has come to the forefro... Read Article


Mar 16 2018

Second Circuit Expands Title VII Protections to Gender Orientation

By: Reese Mitchell

Posted in: Workplace Discrimination

Ever since President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law and outlawed employment discrimination under Title VII of the Act, courts have steadily increased employee protections. Under Title VII, employers cannot discriminate against e... Read Article


Mar 07 2018

Joint Employer and the NLRB, a different day, a different test

By: Maria Garcia-Quintner

It was expected that the NLRB under the Trump administration would seek to roll back Obama era expansion of pro-union, pro employee rulings including the expansion of the joint-employer test enunciated in Browning-Ferris Industries, 362 NLRB No. 186 ... Read Article


Feb 26 2018

Confidentiality Provisions in Sex Harassment Settlements

By: Margaret Sheahan

Posted in: Workplace Harassment

Since reports of hideous misbehavior by film producer Harvey Weinstein started dominating headlines last Fall, virtually every industry has been affected by the avalanche of attention currently given to sexual harassment in the workplace.  So... Read Article


Feb 22 2018

Mary Poppins and the FLSA

By: Reese Mitchell

Posted in: Fair Labor Standards Act

One of the all-time great movies is Disney’s Mary Poppins. In the film, Julie Andrews plays the title character Mary Poppins, a nanny living with the dysfunctional Banks family in London, England. Mary Poppins’ job is to watch over the Ba... Read Article


Feb 16 2018

Parental Leave Policies: Mothers and Fathers Must Be Treated Equally

By: Jessica Slippen

Posted in: Workplace Harassment

As more and more women choose to continue their careers while raising children, and the increasing costs of living require dual income households, many employers now offer paid parental leave and flexible work arrangements.  This is a move that ... Read Article


Jan 23 2018

DOL Extends Public Comment Period on Pool Tipping to February 5, 2018

By: Maria Garcia-Quintner

Posted in: Fair Labor Standards Act

The U.S. Department of Labor seeks to rollback Obama era restrictions on employers related to the pooling of tips under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making published on December 5, 2017, gave the public until ... Read Article


Jan 15 2018

Mitchell & Sheahan, P.C. announces its expansion

Posted in: Firm News

Mitchell & Sheahan, P.C. announces its expansion into lower Fairfield County, with the opening of its new Westport office, located at 246 Post Road East. Read Article


Jan 10 2018

Employers Must Provide Existing Employees with Written Notice of Rights under Expanded Pregnancy Discrimination Act by January 28, 2018

By: Maria Garcia-Quintner

Posted in: Pregnancy Protection Act

In October 2017, my colleague Reese Mitchell published an article summarizing Connecticut’s expansion of protections of pregnant employees through the passage of "An Act Concerning Pregnant Women in the Workplace”, which for the most... Read Article


Jan 09 2018

Timing Is Everything: EEOC Offers Guidance for Employers to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace

By: Jessica Slippen

Posted in: Workplace Harassment

The recent media spotlight on sexual harassment in the workplace has employers on edge.  Employers are responsible for providing their employees with a work environment that does not discriminate and is free of harassment.  When faced with ... Read Article


Jan 09 2018

Happy New Year: 2017 Affordable Care Act Checklist for Employers

By: Jessica Slippen

Posted in: Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act mandates that employers with at least 50 full-time employees in the preceding calendar year must report certain information to their full-time employees and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) about the health care coverage the... Read Article


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