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Can a Connecticut Business Monitor Its Employees’ Phone Calls or Internet Use?

Posted September 3, 2017

The use of electronic communications and internet in the workplace makes it increasingly important for Connecticut employers, especially small businesses, to understand some basic laws governing what they can and cannot do when monitoring their employees’ electronic activity.  

The Connecticut Electronic Monitoring Act

Can a Connecticut Employer Drug Test CURRENT Employees?

Posted July 7, 2017

Yes, Connecticut employers may drug test their current employees, but not randomly unless the job is high-risk or safety sensitive.  And thank God, since one report finds that 1 out of every 10 employees comes to work high on marijuana.  Connecticut has a specific statute that allows employers to drug test current employees; only under certain circumstances and only if they comply with the statute.

Under the Radar, Employer Gets Big Win From Appellate Court

Posted February 15, 2016

Employers and other defendants got a big win last week at the appellate court in Connecticut. In Palumbo v. Barbadimos (you can read the opinion here) the appellate court held that the defendant-employer had obtained a "vested right" to a trial before a judge once the plaintiff failed to claim a jury trial within the 10 day statutory time limit. Connecticut requires parties to file a jury claim within 10 days of the last pleading being filed to preserve the constitutional right to a jury trial.

Surprise! Part of Your Non-Solicitation Agreement Is Unenforceable

Posted January 24, 2016

You want a non-competition or non-solicitation agreement your company can enforce, right?  Stupid question, you say.  Well, companies need to analyze the language in their contracts if that's their goal (some agreements I've seen make me doubt what the company's goal was, as if simply having something signed protected them.)

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