What Connecticut Employees Need to Know About COVID-19

Employment Law

Mar 12 2021

Uncertainty About Unemployment

March 2021 is here. It’s alarming to think that this month marks one year since Connecticut confirmed its first COVID-19 case, shut down its schools, and – most notably – […]

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Feb 12 2021

Railroad Worker Injuries:  The Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)

If you have been injured on the job while working for Metro North, Amtrak, the Long Island Railroad, PATH, or New Jersey Transit, you may be surprised to learn that […]

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Feb 9 2021

Consensual Romantic Relationships at Work: Tips from an Employment Lawyer

Office romance is a fact of life.  Just ask the millions of Americans who have watched Grey’s Anatomy over its 16-plus seasons.  As enticing as workplace romantic relationships might seem […]

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Feb 2 2021

Using the ADA

“I’m afraid to request an accommodation under the ADA, because I’m afraid that my employer will treat me differently when it knows about my disability.” This is a common question […]

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Jan 27 2021

What to do if you receive a Performance Improvement Plan?

A performance improvement plan, commonly referred to as a PIP, is a tool employers use to give employees with performance deficiencies the opportunity to correct them. Unfortunately, though, some employers […]

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Jan 26 2021

What is Wrongful Termination?

Many people call us and say, “I was wrongfully terminated.” But what does that mean? And is it true? Was your termination wrongful? Think of wrongful termination like a big […]

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Jan 18 2021

Google’s Most Asked Questions About Employment Law, Part 4

Can employers assign mandatory overtime? For the most part, yes. Employers are allowed to make the ability to work overtime – even without notice – a condition of employment. There […]

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Jan 17 2021

Google’s Most Asked Questions about Employment Law, Part 3

How does the Supreme Court Case Bostock v. Clayton County impact employment law? In Bostock, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the language in Title VII of the Civil Rights […]

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Jan 11 2021

Can Connecticut Employees Be Required to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine?

As our world continues to face this unprecedented health crisis and with the FDA’s recent approval of a vaccine, many Connecticut employees are wondering whether their employers can require them […]

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Sep 16 2020

Google’s Most Asked Questions about Employment Law, Part 2

How does employment law protect employees? At its most basic level, employment law circumscribes the employment relationship. Or, put another way, it says what employers can and cannot do vis-à-vis […]

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Jul 30 2020

Google’s Most Asked Questions about Employment Law, Part 1

What is employment law? Generally speaking, “employment law” is the constellation of constitutions, statutes, regulations, and legal cases that governs the relationship between individual employees and their employers.  If you […]

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May 18 2020

Non-Competes in the COVID-19 Era

Many employers require their employees to sign non-compete agreements, either upon hiring or during the course of employment.  A non-compete agreement – for those who are unfamiliar – is a […]

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May 13 2020

May 20 is Around the Corner, and I’m Scared to Go Back to Work

For the last two months, our Connecticut communities have been shaken by the COVID-19 pandemic.  As of today (May 13), there have been 34,333 confirmed COVID-19 cases; there are 1,189 […]

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Apr 7 2020

Taking FMLA Leave? What You Need to Disclose to Your Employer

You may already understand when FMLA leave comes into play.  The federal Family and Medical Leave Act allows eligible employees to stay out of work without pay for up to […]

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Apr 3 2020

COVID-19 Rescue Bill Boosts Unemployment: How to File

COVID-19 is causing record numbers of Americans to apply for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits. Since March 23, over 504,000 people in Connecticut applied for UI benefits. In the last two […]

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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

Ethan Levin-Epstein represented me during a most painful and challenging crisis in my personal and professional life. Seeing me within 24 hours of being referred, his support and advocacy, wisdom and clarity not only resulted in a favorable negotiated outcome for me and for my family, but gave me peace of mind and the courage to recover. I am very grateful to have met Ethan and his team and would refer anyone in need to this haven. — C.L., Guilford, 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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