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2011 Fall Labor and Employment Seminar

2011 Update on Labor & Employment Law

November 2, 2011

Speakers: Gabriel J. Jiran, Henry J. Zaccardi, Saranne P. Murray, Brian Clemow

When:
November 2, 2011
Where:
8:00 AM- 8:30 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Downtown Hartford Marriott
Tel: (860) 249-8000
Hartford, CT

Please join us for our annual fall seminar on November 2, 2011 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown. This promises to be an interesting and informative program regarding recent developments in labor and employment law. Our half-day seminar will include discussions of the timely topics listed here as well as updates on recent legislation and court decisions affecting employers.

Topics include:

EMPLOYEES IN CONCERT: NO MUSIC TO EMPLOYERS’ EARS:
The National Labor Relations Board has taken an expansive view of “concerted activity” under the federal labor law, and has applied the protections of that law to employers that do not have unions. These protections can potentially apply to even informal conversations between employees. This session will discuss the latest developments in this area and will counsel employers on how to avoid potential problems. Also included will be a discussion of recent decisions and legislation that make union organizing easier for employees.

THE STATE OF THE UNION:
The SEBAC negotiations this year provided some interesting drama as Connecticut residents (and voters) watched carefully to see the ultimate conclusion. While the negotiations only immediately affected state employees, the implications stretch far beyond the negotiations themselves. In this session, the presenters will give a play by play of the negotiations, the lessons learned, and the potential effects on employers throughout Connecticut.

AS IF THIS JOB WAS NOT HARD ENOUGH...:
This year has been active in legal developments affecting employers. This session will cover recent developments and assist employers in coping with the ever-changing legal landscape. Included in the discussion will be both legislative changes and case decisions that affect employers of all sizes.

I’M SICK OF IT ALREADY!:
Connecticut passed the first mandatory paid sick leave law in the country, but not many employers are celebrating. While the law was originally designed only to apply to “service employees”, the law appears to be much more expansive than contemplated. In addition, the law raises more questions than answers. This session will help decipher the law and discuss the changes that employers must make to their policies in order to comply with the law.

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