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The Greater New Britain Chamber is offering this two-hour training session for business owners and employees on December 20, 2021 from 10:00am – 12:00am via a ZOOM. The training will fulfill the requirements of Connecticut’s new law and will be presented by Christopher L. Brigham, Chair of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C.’s Employment Practices Group and Atty. Valerie Ferdon. The cost of the training is $30 per person and checks should be made payable to the Greater New Britain Chamber. (Group ...

Jeff Bausch attended the Connecticut Bar Association’s 2021 Presidential Fellows Dinner on November 18, 2021 at Grassy Hills Country Club in Orange. The event included a panel discussion with CBA Past Presidents Karen DeMeola, Amy Lin Meyerson, Hon. Ndidi Moses, and Jonathan Shapiro.  Jeff is serving as a Presidential Fellow for the 2020-2022 term and sits, ex officio, on the Executive Committee of the CBA’s Environmental Section.     The CBA recently issued a press release with photographs an ...

On November 18, 2021, UKS Shareholders Adam B. Marks and Richard S. Order secured a jury verdict in favor of our clients, Tommy’s Supplies, LLC, Tommy Ringwalt, Jr., and Carol Landry in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut in Hartford. Tommy’s Supplies is the owner of the STARBRITE trademark for tattoo ink, which was first registered by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to Tommy Ringwalt, Sr. and later assigned to Tommy’s Supplies. UKS proved that the de ...

UKS Attorneys, Thomas A. Gugliotti, Richard M. Dighello and  Jesse A. Langer, along with UKS law clerk Olivia Benson, recently attended the 108th Annual Dinner of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce at the Crystal Ballroom in New Britain.  UKS was a Patron Sponsor of the event which honored businesses and individuals making a real difference in the Greater New Britain community.  Attorney Dighello serves as Vice-Chair of the Greater New Britain Chamber. ...

The Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence observes Domestic Violence Awareness Month every October to honor victims and survivors of domestic violence.  The Awareness Month is a call to action to help end abuse and increase safety in the community.  The Coalition’s October Newsletter featured the following quotation from UKS shareholder Richard S. Order, who heads UKS’s Pro Bono Program for Domestic Violence Restraining Orders:  “Whenever I represent a pro bono client on a domestic vio ...

On Thursday, November 4, 2021, UKS Shareholder Michael P. Botelho will be a guest speaker at The Connecticut Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) 2021 Annual Conference on Business & Operations. Attorney Botelho will present a session exploring the basic elements of tax-exempt borrowings benefitting independent schools in both the public and private sectors.  He is Chairman of the firm’s Public Finance practice group and represents schools and other borrowers, issuers, purchasers, under ...

Please join our Whittlesey Real Estate Team and guest panelists in a discussion about choosing a syndicator for a Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Project.Our Real Estate Team and guest panelists include: Niko Yanouzas, CPA – Assurance Partner, Whittlesey PC Edward Engberg, CPA – Assurance Partner, Whittlesey PC Melissa Braun, CPA – Tax Manager, Whittlesey PC Brian Courtney – Partner, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC Lou Trajcevski – Owner, Newcastle Housing Ventures, LLC Megan Shutes – Ass ...

Since July 1, 2021, Connecticut has allowed individuals aged 21 and older to possess or consume up to 1.5 ounces of what is legislatively called “cannabis plant material,” marijuana. As employers, it is important to know what their responsibilities are as they apply to the workplace. Can an employer ban the use of cannabis and cannabis-related products? The Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce is presenting a seminar on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 that will address these and other questions ...

Connecticut has a multitude of new and updated employment laws going into effect on October 1, 2021. Two of the most significant, PA 21-30 and PA-21-69, target discrimination in the workplace. Specifically, PA 21-30 attempts to curb gender-based discrimination, while PA 21-69 focuses on age-based discrimination. PA 21-30: Disclosure of Wage Ranges Effective October 1, 2021, employers will be required to provide both job applicants and employees with a wage range for their desired or current po ...

UKS Hartford Principal, Thomas A. Gugliotti  co-authored an article titled “Enhancing Pro Bono Representation in Consumer Bankruptcy Cases”, featured in this month’s CT Lawyer magazine. The article is about the new Connecticut Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section pro bono bankruptcy program.  This pro bono program has two primary objectives: (1) to create an organized means to recruit and maintain a list of volunteer attorneys who are willing to take on representation of indiv ...