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Employment Law

Shipman & Goodwin was serving the legal needs of employers even before the National Labor Relations Act was passed in the middle of the last century. From an initial focus on labor relations and collective bargaining, our range of services has expanded as employment law has evolved over the past half century or so.

Members of our practice group have broad and deep experience in employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, OSHA, FMLA, immigration, and virtually every other employment-related field. Because Shipman & Goodwin is a general practice firm, our labor and employment lawyers are also able to draw upon the experience of members of our tax, employee benefits, and intellectual property practice groups, among others.

We emphasize preventive counseling, and offer training on subjects ranging from sexual harassment to union avoidance. Our goal is to help clients manage the legal risks associated with hiring, supervising and terminating employees, while following best management practices and complying with governmental requirements applicable to all aspects of the employment relationship.

In the private sector, we represent employers in almost every field of business and industry, including manufacturers, schools and colleges, hospitals and other health care providers, insurance carriers, wholesalers and retailers, transportation and construction firms, financial institutions, and a wide variety of service businesses. We also represent high level executives in the negotiation of the terms of their engagement with or separation from corporate employers. In the public sector, we represent dozens of municipalities and boards of education, as well as entities such as housing authorities and health districts. We also work with various elements of state government, and several quasi-public entities.

The areas in which we regularly assist our clients include: 

    • Hiring, evaluation, discipline and discharge of employees 
    • Personnel policies and employee handbooks 
    • Employment contracts and separation agreements 
    • Wage and hour issues, and other employment regulation 
    • Workers' compensation and heart and hypertension cases 
    • Non-competition and other restrictive covenants 
    • Immigration compliance and employment verification requirements


Andreana R. Bellach
(203) 324-8109
Stamford Office
Gary R. Brochu
(860) 251-5705
Hartford Office
Brian Clemow
(860) 251-5711
Hartford Office
Leander A. Dolphin
(860) 251-5086
Hartford Office
Brenda A. Eckert
(860) 251-5712
Hartford Office
Christopher E. Engler
(860) 251-5143
Hartford Office
Julie C. Fay
(860) 251-5009
Hartford Office
Robin G. Frederick
(203) 324-8114
Stamford Office
Susan C. Freedman
(860) 251-5638
Hartford Office
Gabriel J. Jiran
(860) 251-5520
Hartford Office
Anne H. Littlefield
(860) 251-5715
Hartford Office
Jarad M. Lucan
(860) 251-5785
Hartford Office
Lisa Banatoski Mehta
(860) 251-5514
Hartford Office
Richard A. Mills
(860) 251-5706
Hartford Office
Thomas B. Mooney
(860) 251-5710
Hartford Office
Peter J. Murphy
(860) 251-5950
Hartford Office
Saranne P. Murray
(860) 251-5702
Hartford Office
Christopher T. Parkin
(203) 324-8139
Stamford Office
Jessica L. Ritter
(860) 251-5034
Hartford Office
Kevin M. Roy
(860) 251-5162
Hartford Office
Rebecca Rudnick Santiago
(860) 251-5164
Hartford Office
Daniel A. Schwartz
(860) 251-5038
Hartford Office
Gary S. Starr
(860) 251-5501
Hartford Office
Clarisse N. Thomas
(203) 324-8164
Stamford Office
Christopher A. Tracey
(203) 324-8155
Stamford Office
Linda L. Yoder
(860) 251-5717
Hartford Office
Henry J. Zaccardi
(860) 251-5737
Hartford Office


Fall 2014  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2014
Quarterly Newsletter  Employment Law Letter
August 13, 2014  Dan Schwartz quoted in the ABC News piece, "Woman Says She Was Denied Job Due to Peanut Allergy"
July 28, 2014  Peter Murphy quoted in CT Law Tribune Article, "Lawyers Note Rise in Pregnancy-Related Discrimination Cases"
July 16, 2014  Employment Legislation Summary
Summer 2014  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2014
July 14, 2014  Dan Schwartz quoted in LTN News article, "Hackers Are After Employee Data Now"
Spring 2014  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2014
March 6, 2014  Employers Be Forewarned: The Forms You Use to Obtain Applicant Background Checks May Violate FCRA
Winter 2014  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2014
February 6, 2014  Federal Court of Appeals Finds Temporary Disabilities Protected Under ADA Amendments Act
January 27, 2014  Courts Weigh In On Analysis of Disabilities
Fall 2013  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2013
August 1, 2013  Interview: Dan Schwartz Discusses Workplace Mobile Video and Social Media Usage
July 19, 2013  Employment Litigation Lessons From Lawyers As Employers
Summer 2013  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2013
July 17, 2013  Non-Compete Bill Vetoed--But Not Dead
July 16, 2013  Employment Legislation Summary
June 4, 2013  Daniel Schwartz quoted in Thomson Reuters article, "New mental-health manual seen as boosting disability claims"
May 21, 2013  The Latest Social Media Concern for Employers
May 6, 2013  New Changes for New Hires: The New I-9 Form
May 2, 2013  Proposal Would 'Create Chaos' in the Workplace, Experts Say
May 2013  Bill Creates Chaos for Employers
Spring 2013  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2013
February 2013  Should you monitor your employees' social media use?
Winter 2013  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2013
January 14, 2013  Early Planning and Action on Health Care Reform
December 3, 2012  Social Media and the National Labor Relations Board: What You Need to Know
Fall 2012  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2012
October 12, 2012  Daniel Schwartz quoted in Connecticut Law Tribune article, "Federal Court Ruling May Boost Whistleblower Claims"
August 27, 2012  Your Investigation Can Backfire and Lead to Unexpected Problems
Summer 2012  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2012
2012 Session  Employment Legislation Summary
2012  The World's Foremost Authorities on Employment Law: Top Employment Lawyers Share What They Know Best
May 15, 2012  Supreme Court Rules Connecticut's Anti-Discrimination Law Creates Claim for Hostile Work Environment Based on Sexual Orientation
May 10, 2012  EEOC and NLRB Impose New Rules on Employers
Spring 2012  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2012
April 18, 2012  NLRB Posting Requirement Set for April 30 Is Postponed Yet Again
February 13, 2012  Supervisors Can Be Personally Liable for Violations of FMLA
Winter 2012  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2012
January 18, 2012  NLRB Bars Waivers of Collective Action in Arbitration and Litigation
Fall 2011  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2011
October 7, 2011  NLRB Postpones Requirements for Employers to Post Employees' Rights
September 7, 2011  Union Organizing in Health Care Made Easier
September 1, 2011  NLRB Requiring Posting of Employees' Rights
Summer 2011  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2011
2011 Session  Employment Legislation Summary
June 29, 2011  Connecticut Legislature Passes First in the Nation Paid Sick Leave Law
April 4, 2011  Supreme Court Scratches the Surface of Discrimination Claims with "Cat's Paw" Theory of Liability
Spring 2011  Employment Law Letter
March 29, 2011  Evidentiary Portions Of Teacher Interest Arbitration Hearings Must Be Open To The Public
February 1, 2011  Supreme Court Broadens Protections for Employees Who File Discrimination Claims--And May Create Protections for Their Closest Friends and Relatives
January 31, 2011  Be Careful When Conducting Credit Checks
Winter 2011  Employment Law Letter
January 26, 2011  Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Persons Protected from Retaliation under Title VII
January 24, 2011  Patient Choice Versus Employee Rights: Conflicting Obligations?
January 14, 2011  Employers Need to Update Policies Regarding Employee Genetic Information
January 4, 2011  New Regulations Interpreting the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act Become Effective January 9
Fall 2010  Employment Law Letter
September 16, 2010  New Puerto Rico Birth Certificates Affect Employers' Form I-9 Process Starting on October 1, 2010
September 14, 2010  New Protections Afforded Whistleblowers Under Dodd-Frank Act
September 7, 2010  New Massachusetts Legislation Mandates Changes in Hiring Practices
August 9, 2010  Arbitration Processes In Need Of Reform
July 26, 2010  Foreign Independent Contractors Need Proper Visas
2010 Session  Employment Legislation Summary
Summer 2010  Employment Law Letter
July 7, 2010  Supreme Court Clears Way to Monitor Electronic Messages - Sort Of
May 1, 2010  We Never Thought of That: 21st Century Issues That Make Most Employee Handbooks Obsolete
April 26, 2010  Health Care Reform: What Employers Need to Know Now
Spring 2010  Employment Law Letter
January 18, 2010  Investigating Wrongdoing By Elder Care Workers
Winter 2010  Employment Law Letter
November 18, 2009  Required Wage Notification Form for New York Employers
Fall 2009  Employment Law Letter
October 26, 2009  Showing Up Without Warrant or Warning: Federal Officials Visit Employers That Hire Foreign Workers
October 20, 2009  New Development: USCIS To Conduct Unannounced Site Visits on H-1B Employers
September 7, 2009  The Evolving Constitutional Rights Of Students
September 4, 2009  New Labor Condition Application System Changes H-1B Nonimmigrant Filing Process
Summer 2009  Employment Law Letter
2009 Session  Employment Legislation Summary
July 13, 2009  Form I-9 Update
July 10, 2009  U.S. Employers Face Crackdown for Unauthorized Workers
July 2, 2009  Supreme Court Answers City's Quandary and Upholds Promotional Test Despite Adverse Impact
April 27, 2009  Employee Free Choice Act: Dream or Disaster?
April 20, 2009  Independent Contractors: More Problem Than Promise?
Winter/Spring 2009  The 2008 Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act
Winter/Spring 2009  The 2009 Amendments to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act Regulations
Spring 2009  Employment Law Letter
March 26, 2009  Connecticut FMLA Complicates Compliance With Federal Law
March 2009  New Regulations both Simplify and Complicate Family & Medical Leave
February 6, 2009  Concessions, Cuts and Public Sector Bargaining
February 4, 2009  President Obama Signs Equal Pay Law
February 1, 2009  SEE YOU IN COURT! - February 2009
January 23, 2009  Use of New I-9 Form Delayed Until April 3, 2009
January 12, 2009  Employers Must Comply With New FMLA Regulations
January 5, 2009  SEE YOU IN COURT! - January 2009
Winter 2009  Employment Law Letter
2008 Session  Employment Legislation Summary
December 9, 2008  SEE YOU IN COURT! - December 2008
October 28, 2008  SEE YOU IN COURT! - October 2008
October 17, 2008  Freedom of Information Act Legislation Summary
October 1, 2008  Congress Expands the Americans With Disabilities Act
Fall 2008  Employment Law Letter
September 24, 2008  SEE YOU IN COURT! - September 2008
Summer 2008  Employment Law Letter
July 22, 2008  Reading Employee Text Messages - A Cautionary Tale
July 18, 2008  IRS Rethinks its Deferred Compensation Rules
June 30, 2008  Employment Law: Practical Guidance
Spring 2008  Employment Law Letter
May 8, 2008  Employers Take Note: Protection for Employees Expands
April 17, 2008  Connecticut Supreme Court Ends Health Insurance Continuation for Surviving Dependents in Public Sector Workers' Compensation Cases
January 2008  New FMLA Expansion
January 2008  Sending A Message About E-Mails
January 2008  Written Agreements for Commissioned Salespeople
January 2008  E-Mail Policy Prohibiting “Non-Job-Related Solicitations” May be Enforced Against Union E-Mails
2006-2007  Helping Individual Investors Do What They Know Is Right: The Save More For Retirement Act of 2005
December 2007  Use of Expired or Undated Green Cards as U.S. Work Authorization Documents on Forms I-9's
November 14, 2007  New Form I-9
October 30, 2007  Employee Benefits Update - Section 409A Deferred Compensation: Good Faith Compliance, Transition Opportunities and Preparation for Full Compliance
September 27, 2007  Connecticut Supreme Court Clears Way For Truthful References
August 31, 2007  Hold Those Records or Else
August 24, 2007  Decisions on Caregivers to be Closely Examined by EEOC for Unlawful Stereotyping
July 16, 2007  Feel the Chill: ICE Targets Employers for Immigration Violations
June 22, 2007  Supreme Court Rules "Companions" Are Not Entitled To Overtime And Minimum Wage In Connecticut, New York, And Vermont
April 25, 2007  The Quiet Revolution in Employment Law
April 2007  Ignorance That Isn't Bliss
April 3, 2007  New Rules for Electronically Stored Information
February 9, 2007  Immigration and Customs Enforcement Measures Require Swift Action by Employers
January 25, 2007  FMLA - What Counts and What Doesn't When Determining Eligibility
2006  Model Employee Handbook for Nonprofits
October 5, 2006  Department of Labor Concludes that Respiratory Therapists Are Entitled to Overtime
Summer 2006  Employment Law Letter
Spring 2006  Employment Law Letter
November 16, 2005  Recent Supreme Court Decision - Schaffer v. Weast
November 4, 2005  Wellness Policy
Fall 2005  An Act Concerning Civil Unions
Spring 2005  Constructive Discharge in Sexual Harassment Cases: A Hopeless Situation for Employers?
December 21, 2004  Model Policy to Implement Public Act 04-243, "An Act Concerning Termination of Coaches"
Fall 2004  Employment Law Letter
Spring 2004  Federal Fair Labor Standards Act
Summer 2004  Employment Law Letter
Spring 2004  Employment Law Letter
Winter 2004  Employment Law Letter
October 1, 2003  Connecticut Public Act No. 03- 213 Act Makes Changes To The Connecticut FMLA
February 2003  HIPAA Alert for Employers
August 2002  Connecticut's New Requirement Related To Inquiries About Criminal Histories Of Job Applicants
August 2002  New Electronic Transactions Act Permits Companies To Retain Records In Electronic Format
February 21, 2001  American Competitiveness In The Twenty-First Century Act Of 2000: An Answer To The Shortage Of U.S. Technical Workers?
1999  Gebser v. Lago Vista Independent School District, Is it Really the Final Word on School Liability for Teacher-to-Student Sexual Harassment
Winter 1994  A Test of Faith: Accommodating Religious Employees' "Work Related Misconduct" in the United States and Canada
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