On Sunday night, President Trump signed into law the $2.3 trillion Omnibus Spending Bill, which includes $900 billion in funding for COVID-19 relief.  The massive bill encompasses various Acts including (1) the Continued Assistance to Unemployed Workers Act, (2) the Economic Aid to Hard Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act, (3) the Taxpayer Certainty

On Friday, November 20th, Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey LLP was pleased to host a live discussion on Connecticut’s upcoming paid family and medical leave program with Andrea Barton Reeves, CEO of the Connecticut Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Authority.  As the Insurance Authority’s first CEO, Ms. Barton Reeves is responsible

The CHRO has announced a second extension of the deadline to provide sexual training for all employees, including supervisors and non-supervisors. In September, the CHRO initially announced that the original October 1, 2020 deadline would be extended to January 1, 2021 pursuant to Governor Ned Lamont’s extension of the declaration of public emergency and Executive

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that the amount employees may contribute to their 401(k) and 403(b) plans next year remains at $19,500.  The IRS announced this week its inflation adjustments for 2021, including:

  • Overall contribution limit for defined contribution plans increases from $57,000 to $58,000 (but see catch-up contributions below).
  • Catch-up contributions for

Under Governor Lamont’s Latest Executive Order, Travelers from “Hot Spot” States Exempt from Self-Quarantine if they Meet Certain Testing Requirements

Under prior Executive Orders, travelers arriving in Connecticut from “hot spot” states are required to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days from the time of last contact with the hot spot state.

Under newly-issued

Under the Time’s Up Act, nearly all Connecticut employers are required to provide sexual harassment prevention training for all employees, including supervisors and non-supervisors. The original deadline for complying with the training requirement was October 1, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in accordance with Executive Order 7DDD, the Connecticut Commission on Human

Administrators of 401(k) plans and other ERISA-covered retirement plans now have much greater freedom to electronically distribute required plan documents to participants, beneficiaries and other individuals, under final rules recently issued by the U.S. Department of Labor.  Whether employers choose to migrate to a new electronic delivery system at this point in time remains to

On July 8, 2020, the United States Supreme Court (“SCOTUS”) held in a 7-2 decision that employers may exclude birth control from their health care plans if they have moral or religious oppositions to contraception. This decision upheld the Trump Administration’s November 2018 final rules which provide exceptions to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) mandate

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Connecticut Commission for Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”) has announced it will provide extensions of time for certain deadlines for COVID-19 related reasons.

Sexual Harassment Training

The CHRO posted on its website that it will consider a 90-day extension of the deadline for employers to provide sexual