Minchella Law Blog

Category: employer

Has COVID-19 Changed Connecticut Workers Compensation Laws?

Connecticut’s Governor broadened workers compensation protection for employees due to COVID-19. Most of the impact will be felt by your insurance company more than your …

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Do I Need an Attorney to Respond to a Cease and Desist Letter?

You may not have to hire an attorney to respond to a cease and desist letter you’ve received from a former employer. But it may …

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Are Door to Door Salesman Employees or Independent Contractors

Connecticut employers and small businesses often look to save money on payroll expenses by classifying individuals as independent contractors rather than employees. The practice, while …

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

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 …

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Can a Connecticut Employer Drug Test CURRENT Employees?

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 …

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Must Connecticut Employers Accommodate Pregnant Workers? Yes, and Maybe Even Moreso Come October.

If Governor Malloy signs it, a new law—sHB 6668, “AN ACT CONCERNING PREGNANT WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE”—will alter existing protections for pregnant employees, effective on …

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When is an Independent Contractor Really Independent? It’s as Easy as ABC – Kinda, sorta

So many businesses rely on independent contractors to provide services to their customers. Home improvement contractors quickly come to mind. Businesses realize many benefits from …

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You Have a Hearing. Now What? Part Three of Unemployment Basics

UNEMPLOYMENT HEARINGS We’ve been writing lately about the unemployment benefit process in Connecticut.  You can catch up on prior posts here and here.  The process is pretty informal, …

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Under the Radar, Employer Gets Big Win From Appellate Court

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) …

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If Your Company Receives an NOV from the DOL, Don’t LOL!

It seems, from our practice at least, that the number of Connecticut Department of Labor investigations is increasing. Indeed, the U.S. Department of Labor has …

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