Connecticut Labor and Employment Law Journal

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Category Archives: Municipal Labor

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Trumbull Cops Agree To Defined Contribution Plan

Posted in Employee Benefits, Municipal Labor, Pensions
While significant inroads have been made in implementing defined contribution plans for new hires in Connecticut municipal negotiations, police and fire unions have continued to resist such changes, citing, among other things, the greater likelihood a cop or firefighter may become disabled on the job than other municipal workers.  Nonetheless, while still in the minority,… Continue Reading

DOT Drug and Alcohol Testing – Don’t Go it Alone!

Posted in Employer Policies, Municipal Labor
Employers of persons who operate a commercial motor vehicle that requires a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”) should know that they are subject to the United States Department of Transportation (“DOT”), Federal Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) regulations.  The regulations, commonly known as “Part 40,” require commercial motor vehicle operators to be tested for drugs… Continue Reading

$168 Million Sexual Harassment/Retaliation Verdict

Posted in Discrimination, Employer Policies, Municipal Labor
According to a recent Los Angeles Times article, a California jury recently awarded a hospital employee $168 million, including $125 million in punitive damages, to a female physician assistant who endured two years of sexually inappropriate behavior and then was fired for reporting the harassment as well as patient care violations.  The perpetrators included cardiac… Continue Reading

Arbitration Panel Awards New Haven the Right to Privatize a Substantial Portion of School Custodians

Posted in Municipal Labor
In what will no doubt be viewed as a landmark decision, an interest arbitration panel has issued an award which will allow the New Haven Public Schools to privatize 86 of the 186 positions in its custodial and maintenance union, and in the process save nearly $4 million dollars. Faced with skyrocketing pension and health… Continue Reading

Drug & Alcohol Testing Seminar

Posted in Municipal Labor
Attorney Jeffrey Mogan will be presenting a seminar for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) on “Drug and Alcohol Testing Regulations for Supervisors” on November 16, 2011 in New London.  Attorney Mogan will discuss the DOT testing regulations, including removal from safety-sensitive functions and return to duty requirements, as well as other legal considerations implicated… Continue Reading

Proceedings Remain Suspended for Second Week at Office of Public Hearing

Posted in Discrimination, Employee Benefits, Employer Policies, Municipal Labor
Effective July 1, 2011, all cases before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities Office of Public Hearing were suspended, see pdf, as the Governor failed to appoint new referees for the term beginning July 1, 2011.  To date, new referees have yet to be appointed.  This all comes as a result of Connecticut’s current… Continue Reading

Connecticut Arbitration Reform Proposal Denied by General Assembly

Posted in Employee Benefits, Grievance Arbitrations, Municipal Labor, Pensions
Apparently Connecticut Is No Wisconsin.  Despite ground breaking legislation in Wisconsin, Michigan and other locales aimed at providing relief for cash strapped municipalities, none of the initiatives proposed in Connecticut have found any traction in Committee.  Among the reforms sought was one which would have kept interest arbitration intact, but provided minor relief, such as… Continue Reading