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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

Attorneys

Andreana R. Bellach
Partner
abellach@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8109
Stamford Office
Brian Clemow
Partner
bclemow@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5711
Hartford Office
Leander A. Dolphin
Partner
ldolphin@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5086
Hartford Office
Brenda A. Eckert
Partner
beckert@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5712
Hartford Office
Christopher E. Engler
Associate
cengler@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5143
Hartford Office
Julie C. Fay
Partner
jfay@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5009
Hartford Office
Susan C. Freedman
Partner
sfreedman@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5638
Hartford Office
Zachary A. Hummel
Partner
zhummel@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8145
Stamford Office
New York Office
Gabriel J. Jiran
Partner
gjiran@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5520
Hartford Office
Gregory A. Jones
Associate
GJones@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5013
Hartford Office
Anne H. Littlefield
Counsel
alittlefield@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5715
Hartford Office
Jarad M. Lucan
Partner
jlucan@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5785
Hartford Office
Peter J. Maher
Associate
pmaher@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5507
Hartford Office
Ashley L. Marshall
Associate
amarshall@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5011
Hartford Office
Lisa Banatoski Mehta
Partner
lbanatoski@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5514
Hartford Office
Richard A. Mills
Partner
rmills@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5706
Hartford Office
Thomas B. Mooney
Partner
tmooney@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5710
Hartford Office
Peter J. Murphy
Partner
pjmurphy@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5950
Hartford Office
Saranne P. Murray
Of Counsel
smurray@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5702
Hartford Office
Jessica L. Ritter
Partner
jritter@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5034
Hartford Office
Kevin M. Roy
Partner
kroy@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5162
Hartford Office
Rebecca Rudnick Santiago
Partner
rsantiago@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5164
Hartford Office
Daniel A. Schwartz
Partner
dschwartz@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5038
Hartford Office
Stamford Office
Gary S. Starr
Partner
gstarr@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5501
Hartford Office
Christopher A. Tracey
Counsel
ctracey@goodwin.com
(203) 324-8155
Stamford Office
Linda L. Yoder
Partner
lyoder@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5717
Hartford Office
Henry J. Zaccardi
Counsel
hzaccardi@goodwin.com
(860) 251-5737
Hartford Office

Publications

November 28, 2018  Graduate Students Organize Outside the National Labor Relations Board's Jurisdiction
October 24, 2018  Recent Unionizing Developments on Campus
October 23, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2018
July 23, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2018
July 11, 2018  2018 Employment Legislation Summary
July 9, 2018  Janus v. AFSCME: Implementation Issues
June 27, 2018  U.S. Supreme Court Declares Compelled Public Sector Agency Fees Unconstitutional
April 5, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2018
March 7, 2018  New "PAID" Program Allows Employers to Resolve FLSA Violations and Avoid Penalties
February 1, 2018  Employment Law Letter - Winter 2018
Quarterly Newsletter  Employment Law Letter
October 18, 2017  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2017
August 23, 2017  Connecticut Medical Marijuana Law Protects Employees and Is Not Preempted by Federal Drug Laws
July 21, 2017  2017 Employment Legislation Summary
April 26, 2017  Employers Should Review USCIS Fillable Forms I-9 Completed Based on Download From USCIS Website Between November 14 and November 17, 2016 for Social Security Number Glitch
April 26, 2017  United States District Court Judge Blocks Trump Administration from Withholding Federal Funds from Sanctuary Cities
November 23, 2016  Breaking News: Judge Stops New Overtime Rule
September 6, 2016  Employers Beware: Shoddy Harassment Investigations Can Still Lead to Liability
July 11, 2016  Employment Legislation Summary
May 19, 2016  Final Overtime Rule Released: What Are The Implications for Connecticut Employers
January 5, 2016  NLRB Strikes Down Policy Prohibiting Recordings by Employees
November 16, 2015  Anonymous Threats Cannot Be Ignored
Fall 2015  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2015
August 6, 2015  Employment Legislation Summary
Summer 2015  Employment Law Letter - Summer 2015
July 27, 2015  Using Independent Medical Exams for Employees
July 9, 2015  Overtime Pay Changes on the Horizon
Spring 2015  Employment Law Letter - Spring 2015
March/April 2015  Unravelling the Mysteries of the Family and Medical Leave Act
March 27, 2015  Time to Reevaluate Employee Handbooks
January 22, 2015  New Year Ushers in Changes to Paid Sick Leave Act and Minimum Wage
Fall 2014  Employment Law Letter - Fall 2014
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

News

January 23, 2019  Gabriel Jiran Quoted in Law360 on Employee Use of Social Media to Address Employer Issues
June 7, 2018  Dan Schwartz Weighs in on Harassment in the Workplace in WNPR Interview
March 19, 2018  Brenda Eckert and Daniel Schwartz Named Top Authors by JD Supra
February 1, 2018  Firm Launches Online Labor and Employment Resource
December 7, 2017  Jarad Lucan Offers Strategies on WNPR for Preventing Sexual Harassment in Academia
November 23, 2017  Jarad Lucan Tells MarketWatch How Employers Can Avoid Holiday Party Pitfalls
September 15, 2017  The New York Times Quotes Dan Schwartz on Issues Surrounding "Speech of Public Concern"
February 22, 2017  Labor & Employment Group Recognized as "Best" in Hartford
December 16, 2016  The Washington Post Quotes Dan Schwartz on Free Speech Issue
December 12, 2016  Dan Schwartz Weighs in on Hair Discrimination in WNPR Interview
September 11, 2016  Connecticut Post Quotes Dan Schwartz on Employer Issues Related to the Zika Virus
April 20, 2016  Dan Schwartz Quoted in Bloomberg BNA Electronic Commerce & Law Report
November 12, 2015  Dan Schwartz Comments on Overtime Pay Rule in NBC News Article
March 2, 2015  Peter Murphy Comments on Discrimination Policies
January 8, 2015  Peter Murphy Comments on Implicit Bias
November 1, 2013  Shipman & Goodwin Ranked Among 2014 "Best Law Firms"
July 9, 2012  Clemow Among Top 20 U.S. Employment Attorneys
January 31, 2012  Firm Names Two New Partners; Kevin M. Roy and Rebecca Rudnick Santiago
  Dan Schwartz Featured Guest on CBIA Business Minute

Events

December 5, 2019  December 5, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
October 17, 2019  October 17, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Stamford
October 17, 2019  October 17, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
October 3, 2019  October 3, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
August 8, 2019  August 8, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
May 17, 2019  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2019 Public Sector Legal Update
May 2, 2019  May 2, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
April 17, 2019  CLE Event: CLE Webinar: Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Employees
April 16, 2019  April 16, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Stamford
April 4, 2019  April 4, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
March 19, 2019  CLE Event: CLE Webinar: The Janus Decision and its Impact on Employers: Where are we now?
February 7, 2019  February 7, 2019 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
December 12, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Dealing with Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
December 6, 2018  December 6, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
December 4, 2018  Webinar: The Best-Ever Year-End Employment Law Review that Five Employment Law Bloggers Have Ever Presented
November 13, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: HR Policies in Review: Essential Guide to Employee Handbooks
October 25, 2018  CLE Event: 2018 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 22, 2018  Overcoming Barriers in Employment: Legal Update CHRO Reimagined
October 18, 2018  October 18, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
October 18, 2018  October 18, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Stamford
October 4, 2018  October 4, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
September 12, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Employment Contracts and Non-Competes
August 9, 2018  August 9, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
June 7, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Employees Absent from Work: Navigating Overlapping and Conflicting Leave Laws
May 16, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: 2018 Update on Immigration Law
May 4, 2018  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2018 Public Sector Legal Update
April 26, 2018  April 26, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
April 26, 2018  April 26, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Stamford
April 19, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Opioids and Medical Marijuana in the Workplace: Are Employers Left High and Dry?
April 5, 2018  April 5, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
February 13, 2018  CLE Event: Webinar: Are You at Risk? An In-Depth Look at Workplace Sexual Harassment Prevention and Company Culture
February 8, 2018  February 8, 2018 - Sexual Harassment Prevention Training - Hartford
December 7, 2017  Webinar: Employment Law Year in Review
December 5, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Conducting Effective Employee Investigations
November 28-29, 2017  2017 Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) Annual Convention
November 16-17, 2017  2017 IASA Northeastern Chapter 54th Annual Regional Conference
November 2, 2017  CLE Event: 2017 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 26, 2017  2017 ConnPELRA Bootcamp
October 24, 2017  Sexual Harassment Prevention Seminar 2017
July 13, 2017  Webinar: Is the Grass Greener for NLRB Under Trump Administration?
June 13, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Guide to Employee Discipline
June 9, 2017  2017 ConnPELRA Annual Conference
May 19, 2017  2017 Annual Conference of the Connecticut Association of School Personnel Administrators (CASPA)
May 18, 2017  WorkSmart Hartford 2017: Annual IT, Business & Security Conference
May 17, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Classifying Your Workforce: Exempt vs. Non-Exempt Employees
April 21, 2017  2017 Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission Annual Conference
March 10, 2017  CLE Event: Labor and Employment Spring Seminar: 2017 Public Sector Legal Update
February 28, 2017  CLE Event: Webinar: Legal Guide to Hiring the Right Employee the Right Way
October 27, 2016  2016 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 24-15, 2016  The Connection's 2016 Conference
September 28, 2016   Webinar: Impact of the recent NLRB Decision
June 13, 2016  CBA 2016 Connecticut Legal Conference
June 7, 2016  Webinar: Important CT Employer Update on the New Federal Overtime Rule
June 3, 2016  2016 ConnPELRA Annual Conference
May 2-4, 2016  2016 Tri-State SHRM Conference "Building a Sustainable HR Legacy"
March 23, 2016  CBIA 2016 HR Conference: The NLRB in 2016: Why it May Be Your Biggest Headache — Particularly If You Don't Have a Union
January 20, 2016  Gabe Jiran Moderating Connecticut Health Council Program
January 13, 2016  HBRA of Central Connecticut Builder Breakfast Meeting
November 18, 2015   Webinar: ADA Accommodation Litigation: Employee Requests for Telecommuting, Reassignment, Predictable Shifts and More
November 6, 2015  Building Your Practice 140 Characters at a Time
October 23, 2015  2015 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
October 20, 2015  Webinar: Workplace Gambling: High Stakes Ethical Dilemmas
July 22, 2015  The ADA at 25: A Celebration
June 11, 2015  Staffing Management Association: Employment Law Update
October 31, 2014  2014 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
September 16, 2014  The Seven Deadly Sins of Social Media Employment Screening
June 24, 2014  THE NEW "STAR" WARS: When Your Top Performers Come or Go - Best Practices in CT & NY For Using Non-Competes and Protecting Your Trade Secrets
November 22, 2013  LERA: "Facebook Friend" or Foe, How Technology and the Law is Impacting the Workplace
October 25, 2013  2013 Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
April 10, 2013  DriveThruHR panel featuring Dan Schwartz
December 5, 2012  Highlights From Our Annual Labor and Employment Fall Seminar
November 15, 2012  Confession & Profession
November 2, 2012  Labor and Employment Fall Seminar: 2012 Update on Labor and Employment Law
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