The novel coronavirus first appeared in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Since then, approximately 430 individuals have died as a result of the virus and over 20,700 people have been infected.  Eleven individuals in the United States (as of the date of this writing) have been diagnosed with the virus, including a Massachusetts resident and

On January 12, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a final rule revising its regulations interpreting joint-employer status for purposes of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The final rule will take effect on March 16, 2020.

Background

Under FLSA, employers are required to pay employees at least the federal minimum wage

On December 18, 2019, a federal appeals court ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate is unconstitutional, since the mandate tax penalty had been reduced to zero. The individual mandate, the requirement that everyone have health insurance coverage, was previously challenged as unconstitutional. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the individual mandate

The holiday season is here and many employers have scheduled holiday parties to celebrate the year, thank employees for their service, and build employee morale. These parties are a long-standing tradition that employees look forward to attending.

Every year, however, holiday parties result in claims of harassment and discrimination based on various acts of misconduct.

A common pitfall for employers is the misclassification of employees as exempt from overtime pay and the misclassification of workers as independent contractors. These misclassifications often occur because an employer is taking an aggressive legal position or does not, understandably, know all the legal requirements and nuances. Misclassifications can also occur because an employer mistakenly

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has increased the amount employees may contribute to their 401(k) and 403(b) plans next year from $19,000 to $19,500. The IRS announced this week its inflation adjustments for 2020, including:

• Overall contribution limit for defined contribution plans increases from $56,000 to $57,000.

• Total compensation that may be considered

On October 18, 2019, the firm hosted its 31st Annual Labor and Employment Seminar at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington, Connecticut. Our annual seminar is a complimentary offering for our clients, which is eligible for SHRM, HRCI and Connecticut CLE credits. The event began with breakfast and an opportunity to mingle before the seminar.

In 2018, website accessibility lawsuits increased by 177%. Website accessibility lawsuits can arise when people with disabilities cannot use a company’s website because it does not use current technology. Businesses are required by federal law, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), to accommodate people with disabilities. In 2018, Domino’s Pizza argued that it