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When the Law is Unclear, What Employers Should do

Recently, the US Department of Justice filed a brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that federal law does not provide anti-discrimination protections for individuals on the basis of gender identity. The DOJ’s position contradicts the position that the …
Connecticut https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/when-law-unclear-what-employers-should-do/

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day!

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day. In Massachusetts, there are current elections for a U.S. Senate seat, all 9 U.S. House of Representatives districts, Governor, state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, state Senate, state House of Represent…
respectively. In Connecticut they request the time off in advance. In Connecticut and Rhode Island https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/tuesday-november-6th-election-day/

Connecticut Unemployment Law: Independent Contractors vs. Employees

It is common for employers to use independent contractors in the course of their business. When an employer ends an independent contractor relationship, the independent contractor will occasionally file an unemployment claim alleging that they were actua…
the State of Connecticut requires that the employer establish complia…nce with Connecticut General Statutes Section 31… test.  To ensure exemption from Connecticut https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/connecticut-unemployment-law-independent-contractors-vs-employees/

Minimum Wage Increases as of January 1, 2017

On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage in Massachusetts will increase to $11.00 per hour for hourly workers, and $3.75 per hour for tipped employees. This is the final increase in the minimum wage contained in the 2014 legislation signed by former Gove…
Connecticut will increase its minimum wage to https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/massachusetts-minimum-wage-increases-january-1-2017/

Voting Leave Laws in Massachusetts and Connecticut: What are an Employer’s Obligations?

Tuesday, November 8th is Election Day, and voters in both Massachusetts and Connecticut will be going to the polls to choose the next President of the United States.
and voters in both Massachusetts and Connecticut will be going to the polls to choose the nex… and ends on November 4th.  Connecticut does not permit early voting.         As a https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/voting-leave-laws-massachusetts-and-connecticut-what-are-employers-obligations/

Connecticut Passes "Ban the Box" Law

Connecticut recently joined a growing group of jurisdictions to enact a “ban the box” law. The Connecticut law will come into effect on January 1, 2017.
Connecticut recently joined a growing group of jurisdict… law. The Connecticut law will become effective on January 1…oyee. If you have any questions about the Connecticut https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/connecticut-passes-ban-box-law/

Cat's Paw Theory of Discrimination Adopted by the Second Circuit

Employers in Connecticut, Vermont, and New York beware: just this week, the federal appeals court which covers your states adopted the theory of cat's paw discrimination in the context of Title VII claims. Employers in other states should be equally conce…
Employers in Connecticut https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/cats-paw-theory-discrimination-adopted-second-circuit/

Timothy M. Netkovick

Court for the Districts of Massachusetts and Connecticut. Tim has volunteered for several years as… Youth Hockey Association Massachusetts Connecticut United States District Court https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/about-us/our-team/timothy-m-netkovick/

EEOC Files First Cases Equating Sexual Orientation Discrimination With Gender Bias

Earlier this week, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) filed its first two lawsuits ever premised on the theory that sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 includes discrimination based on sexual orientation. …
including those of Massachusetts and Connecticut https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-files-first-cases-equating-sexual-orientation-discrimination-gender-bias/

Minimum Wage Goes Up In New England

Four New England states have raised their minimum wage as of New Year’s Day – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. Effective January 1, 2016, the minimum wage in Massachusetts and Vermont is now $10 per hour. The minimum wage in Connect…
Connecticut10 per hour.  The minimum wage in Connecticut and Rhode Island likewise increased and is n… Connecticut and Vermont have scheduled additional increa https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/minimum-wage-goes-new-england/

Union Gets Second Bite of the Apple Over Technicality

Having to deal with a unionization effort is challenging enough, but having to do it a second time after a narrow success would be truly taxing. Yet, Danbury Hospital is faced with exactly this task. Specifically, Danbury Hospital’s workforce voted …
ce voted 346 for and 390 against joining AFT Connecticut https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/union-gets-second-bite-apple-over-technicality/

Connecticut Adds Interns to Its Anti-Discrimination Laws

On October 1, 2015, Connecticut became the sixth jurisdiction to prohibit discrimination against unpaid interns, joining Oregon, California, Illinois, Washington D.C., and New York. While this list is relatively short, it has grown significantly since Or…
Connecticut became the sixth jurisdiction to prohibit di… more states will likely follow suit. The Connecticut statute prohibits discrimination on the basi https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/connecticut-adds-interns-its-anti-discrimination-laws/

New Connecticut Law Effective Today: Double Damages for Failure to Pay Wages

State and federal laws pertaining to wage and hour law are complicated. As a result, these are areas where mistakes are often made by employers. Employers, however, cannot afford these errors because the consequence of not complying with these laws can …
g with these laws can be very costly.  In Connecticutestablished Connecticut law https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/new-connecticut-law-effective-today-double-damages-failure-pay-wages/

EEOC Begins Phase I of Digital Charge System

Earlier this month, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission launched its pilot digital charge program called ACT Digital. Under Phase I of the program, charges filed in any of the 11 participating offices, which currently do not include any offices in…
not include any offices in Massachusetts or Connecticut https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-begins-phase-i-digital-charge-system/

Social Media and Non-Compete Agreements

A recent decision out of Waterbury Connecticut demonstrates exactly why companies need to do their due diligence when drafting non-compete agreements. The devil is really in the details…
A recent decision out of Waterbury Connecticut demonstrates exactly why companies need to d https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/social-media-and-non-compete-agreements/

Amy B. Royal

Employment Law Section Member Connecticut Bar Association Hampden County Bar Associat… Massachusetts Connecticut Vermont United States District Court https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/about-us/our-team/amy-b-royal/

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