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The Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce is presenting a two-hour sexual harassment training session in accordance with the mandates of Connecticut law.  As of October 1, 2019, all Connecticut employers with three or more employees are now subject to expanded notice and training requirements regarding the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.  Training Requirements:  Employers will be required to provide to a new employee a copy of information regarding the illegality of sexu ...

On June 9, 2020, the Connecticut judicial branch issued three orders regarding foreclosure and eviction matters: (1) staying service of all issued executions on evictions and ejectments through August 1, 2020; (2) opening judgments of strict foreclosure entered with law days before August 4, 2020 and extending the law day for the owner of the equity of redemption to August 4, 2020, with subsequent encumbrancers following in reverse order of priorities; and (3) cancelling all foreclosure sales sc ...

During a pandemic, may an ADA-covered employer take its employees’ temperatures to determine whether they have a fever? Generally, measuring an employee’s body temperature is a medical examination. However, because the CDC, EEOC and state/local health authorities have acknowledged community spread of COVID-19 and issued attendant precautions as of March 2020, employers may measure employees' body temperature. As with all medical information, the fact that an employee had a fever or other sy ...

Attorney Christopher L. Brigham will be a featured speaker at a webinar held by Touchstone Advisors entitled “Growth During a Changing Landscape”. Attorney Brigham will be speaking about legal obligations of a returning workforce as it pertains to the food and beverage industry. Join the webinar via Zoom on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm EST. Click HERE to register and receive a meeting link. Attorney Brigham is the Chairman of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy’s Employment Practices ...

On June 16, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont released Executive Order 7ZZ, which revises earlier orders concerning the rules that businesses planning to reopen during Phase 2 will have to follow.  Phase 2 reopening takes effect Wednesday, June 17th.  As set forth previously, the following businesses are allowed to reopen in Phase 2: Amusement parks Hotels Indoor Dining Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums Indoor recreation including bowling, movie theaters, etc. Libraries Outdoor events Person ...

The COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdown and shelter at home orders disrupted businesses of all types, even those that have been able to stay open and continue their operations to some degree. Thus, it is a crucial time for business owners to review their insurance policies and determine whether business interruption  claims stemming from COVID-19 are adequately covered, if at all.  Establishing a Business Interruption Claim.  In the typical scenario, business interruption insurance co ...

On June 10, Governor Lamont signed Executive Order 7YY, which, in part, repealed Executive Order 7E Section 2’s suspension of required fingerprinting availability.  This change goes into effect on June 15.  Before its repeal, Executive Order 7E provided for the suspension of fingerprinting availability at police departments with the exception of critical requirements.  Specifically, Executive Order 7E provided that the chief of police or the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protect ...

As Connecticut commences its phased reopening plan, business owners should be aware of contact tracing efforts designed to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus.  The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has explained that contact tracing is a disease control measure that identifies and records people who are carrying infectious diseases and people who may have been exposed to such infectious diseases.   Typically, contract tracing is accomplished by public health workers interviewing pati ...

On June 7, 2020, Governor Ned Lamont released new details about the rules that businesses planning to reopen during Phase 2 will have to follow.  The new information includes specific rules that eligible businesses must follow amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Phase 2 reopening is set to take effect Wednesday, June 17th.  Businesses that are allowed to reopen in Phase 2 include: Amusement parks Hotels Indoor Dining Indoor museums, zoos and aquariums Indoor recreation including bowling, movie ...

Volume 26 of the Lewis & Clark Law School’s Animal Law Review includes an article by UKS Attorney Jeff Bausch. The Regulatory Vacuum: How Marijuana’s Schedule I Status Imperils Endangered Species in the Emerald Triangle, 26 Animal L. 125 (2020) (“Article”). The Lewis & Clark Animal Law Review is “the nation’s oldest law journal devoted entirely to the discussion of legal issues involving animals.” The Article examines a rare intersection between the Controlled Substances Act (“CSA”), th ...