Employment Law

Apr 25 2024

What Employees Need to Know About The Federal Trade Commission’s New Non-Compete Rule

On April 23, 2024, the Federal Trade Commission (or FTC) issued a final rule that, if it goes into effect, would ban covenants not to compete (also known as “non-compete […]

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Jul 14 2023

If My Work Causes Me Mental, Emotional, or Psychological Injury, Is That Covered by Worker’s Compensation?

Unfortunately, many employees find themselves in situations where their mental and emotional health and well-being are negatively affected by their employment. Most of the time, though, employees in Connecticut are […]

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Apr 3 2023

Why Your Confidentiality and Non-Disparagement Clause Might Be Void

When an employee is terminated from their job, they frequently receive a severance package that promises money in exchange for certain restrictions. In order to receive their severance payment, the […]

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Mar 13 2023

When Do Connecticut Labor Laws Apply to Remote Work?

Particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many Connecticut-based workers are working from home for employers based in other states. With this rise of remote work, Connecticut employees may wonder whether […]

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Jan 31 2023

Final Paychecks in Connecticut

The end of an employment relationship, whether it was unexpected or voluntary, can come with several questions about what comes next. One of these questions is likely, “When will I […]

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Jan 26 2023

Recreational Marijuana is Now For Sale in Connecticut – What Should Employees Know?

On January 10, 2023, Connecticut dispensaries opened for the sale of recreational marijuana for the first time in the state’s history. Employees who choose to partake may have some questions, […]

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Jan 24 2023

Appellate Court Resolves Longstanding Uncertainty About Consideration for Connecticut Non-Competes

The nature of non-compete litigation – in particular, its (often exclusive) focus on the preliminary injunctive stage – means that non-compete cases rarely reach a final judgment and the Connecticut […]

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Nov 30 2022

Connecticut’s Clean Slate Law: What You Need to Know

Changes are coming to the way Connecticut employers can investigate and use the criminal background information of current and prospective employees. A new Connecticut statute known as the “Clean Slate” […]

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May 5 2022

Employees on FMLA Leave: What You Can Do and What You Can’t Do

The Family and Medical Leave Act (or FMLA) allows qualified employees to take job-protected leave to care for their own or their family members’ serious health conditions. This means that […]

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Jan 14 2022

How the U.S. Supreme Court COVID Mandate Decisions Affect Connecticut Employees

In September 2021, President Biden announced what he called a “COVID-19 Action Plan” that included a number of so-called “mandates”: All employers with 100+ employees had to require their employees […]

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Jan 4 2022

2022 Brings Big Changes to Connecticut Employee Leave Laws

January 1 often marks the effective date of new laws enacted during previous legislative years.  For Connecticut employment lawyers who represent employees (as we do at Garrison, Levin-Epstein), the start […]

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Jul 21 2021

Answering the Basics about Medical Leave

Connecticut employees frequently contact us for legal advice about their right to medical leave and the consequences for taking a medical leave.  Here are some of the most common questions […]

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Jul 16 2021

Pregnancy and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Many Connecticut employees continue to wonder whether their employer can require them to get the COVID-19 vaccine. If you have been keeping up with the vaccine saga the last several […]

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Jul 13 2021

How the Legalization of Marijuana Affects Connecticut’s Employees

On June 22, 2021, Governor Ned Lamont signed into law the Responsible and Equitable Regulation of Adult-Use Cannabis Act (or RERACA), which broadly legalizes the adult use of cannabis in […]

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Jul 9 2021

Federal Action on Non-Competes Could Help Connecticut Workers

As the news has reported, President Joe Biden is signing an Executive Order that the White House hopes will promote competition in the economy.  One component of the Order instructs […]

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About Joshua R. Goodbaum

A graduate of Harvard and Yale, and a Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for employment law, Josh Goodbaum represents employees and other civil rights plaintiffs in litigation and negotiation.

Client Experiences

During a very difficult employment situation, I was referred to Joe Garrison. Recognizing the volatile and time sensitive nature of my employment situation, Mr. Garrison met with me immediately (on the weekend no less). He listened to the details of my case, was able to think through possible creative solutions to offer the employer, and was responsive to my myriad of questions. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. I am grateful to have had his support at a very difficult time. —J.C., New Haven, CT

You will never meet a more knowledgeable and compassionate professional than Steve Fitzgerald. My employment situation was very complex, and Attorney Fitzgerald kept me focused while remaining extremely adept and “thinking on his feet.” Should the need present itself again, I would never seek anyone else’s counsel regarding employment issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough. — J.R., New Haven, CT

Nina Pirrotti provided outstanding legal advice and was trustworthy, dependable, and responsive. From the start, I was confident that her knowledge and experience would obtain favorable results. On a more personal note, I enjoyed working with her and her staff and felt I was included in every part of the process. The dedication, concern, and interest in me as a client was greatly appreciated, and Nina has earned my highest recommendation. — J.H., Monroe, CT

I recently found myself in need of a lawyer in handling a dispute with my former employer. I was fortunate to retain Josh Goodbaum as my legal counsel. His legal skills knowledge and professionalism shone through in every step of the process resulting in a very positive result. I highly recommend Josh if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. — S.R., Guilford, CT

When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

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