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New Law Limits Employer Access to Employee Personal Online Accounts

In its most recent session, Connecticut’s General Assembly passed a new bill that will affect nearly all employers when it comes to requiring an employee to provide access or passwords to their personal online accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.   The Senate Bill (recently signed into law by Gov. Dannel Malloy), entitled “An Act Concerning […]

Drafting Employment Documents

Most employers are well aware of the distinction between so-called “at-will” employment and employment pursuant to a contract for a defined period of time and/or requiring just cause for termination.  Although caveats abound (leading some employers to seek legal guidance prior to terminating any employee), in general, at-will employment can be terminated by either the […]

Employer Alert:

Effective March 27, 2015, for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the term “spouse” is defined to mean “the other person with whom an individual entered into marriage as defined or recognized under state law for purposes of marriage in the State in which the marriage was entered into ….” Since Connecticut […]

Client Question:

Can our company prohibit employees from using the company email system to send personal email? We recently were asked by a client to provide guidance on the National Labor Relations Board decision in Purple Communications, Inc., 361 NLRB No. 126 (December 11, 2014).  To the extent that other employers may be assisted by a summary […]

Employee Handbooks:

Are You Creating Contractual Obligations and Increased Liability? It has long been recognized that statements in an employee handbook can create contractual obligations between an employer and employee.  In a more recent case, a Connecticut U.S. District Court considered a case in which anti-harassment language contained in a Costco Wholesale Warehouse employee handbook provided more […]