Employment Law

Apr 7 2020

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

Changes to Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act Effective January 1, 2022. Learn more. You may already understand when FMLA leave comes into play.  The federal Family and Medical Leave […]

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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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Mar 31 2020

SCOUTUS Ruling on Standard of Proof in Certain Race Discrimination Claims Will Have Limited Impact in Connecticut

As it appeared on Connecticut Law Tribune Must race merely be a “motivating factor,” or does it need to be a “determinative factor”? By Joshua R. Goodbaum Covid-19 has unsettled […]

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Feb 11 2020

Severance Packages: Unpacking The Basics

As an employee rights law firm, we frequently handle cases involving the negotiation of severance agreements. These documents can be long and tedious, and you are right to be concerned […]

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Jan 17 2020

As the Connecticut Workforce Ages, Age Discrimination Law Must Evolve

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, by 2024, nearly 1 in 4 people in the labor force will be age 55 or older. The median age of Baby Boomers, […]

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Aug 30 2019

What to Expect When You Consult an Employment Lawyer

Most people who come to our office seeking an employment lawyer have concerns about the actions of their employer.  These concerns involve issues that are wide-reaching: termination, harassment, demotion, discriminatory […]

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Jul 15 2019

Overtime Compensation Concerns? Overtime Is Complicated, But Achievable

If you are paid by the hour, your livelihood may, in part, be dependent on your overtime income. When it comes to overtime compensation, employers are required to follow both […]

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Mar 14 2019

Have You Been Placed on a Performance Improvement Plan?

Big Picture Perspective on a Difficult Situation In an ideal world, an employer will facilitate and support an employee’s ability to grow, thrive, and succeed at work. By performing well, […]

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Jan 28 2019

What You Need to Know About Non-Compete Agreements

Non-compete agreements were originally intended to protect companies from losing market share or other private information if their executives took a job with a competitor. The idea is that company […]

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Dec 17 2018

Identifying The Protections And Nuances To Your Employee Whistleblower Claim

It is unfortunate, but true, that violations of the laws, regulations, and municipal ordinances occur in the workplace.  These violations could transpire in any number of ways: by a rogue […]

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Dec 12 2018

Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable for Independent Contractors?

People commonly sign employment contracts to provide services without thinking critically about whether those contracts contain a non-compete clause. Employees hopefully know that they should be cautious about signing a […]

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Sep 4 2018

I Lost My Right to A Jury Trial?

The notice it takes to evaporate a jury trial right is minimal. Blind people, by not asking the right questions of an unscrupulous lender, “consented” to arbitration. Envelope stuffers announce […]

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Aug 31 2018

Medical Marijuana and Employment Law in Connecticut

Medical marijuana has been legal in Connecticut for a number of years now, but if you are employed in the state and legally use medical marijuana, how does it affect […]

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Apr 16 2018

What You Need to Know about Sick Leave in CT

A couple of years ago, National Public Radio, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health polled working adults concerning how their health impacts […]

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Apr 12 2018

10 (More) Common Questions about Severance Agreements

Our previous blog post, “10 Common Questions about Severance Agreements,” seems to be attracting a lot of attention. But apparently, there are more than 10 frequently asked questions about severance […]

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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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