2017 Employment Law Update
Click Here to see the Updated Supplement to your Labor and Employment Handbook.
New Laws Effective January 1, 2017
Increase in Connecticut's minimum, server and bartender wages effective January 1, 2017.
To ease the confusion with overtime rates please see the below chart that shows the overtime rates from 2016 vs 2017 for tipped employees.
Also going into effect on January 1, 2017 is PA 16-83, An Act Concerning Fair Chance Employment. This prohibits initial job applications from including a question about a potential employee’s possible criminal history. The law affirms that businesses are permitted to run background checks on a potential employee if state or federal law prohibits people with criminal background from being hired for a job.
Beginning on January 22, 2017, employers must only use the revised
Form I-9 version dated November 14, 2016. Overall, the revisions are designed to make it more user-friendly and easier to complete online.
Some changes include:
New State Laws to Go Into Effect October 1, 2016
Several new laws will go into effect on Saturday, October 1, 2016. The following new laws directly impact the hospitality industry:
Public Act 16-123 An Act Allowing Employers to Pay Wages Using Payroll Cards
This act allows employers to pay their employees through payroll cards under certain conditions. An employee must voluntarily and expressly authorize, in writing or electronically, that he or she wishes to be paid with a card. The authorization must be free of any intimidation, coercion, or fear of discharge or reprisal by the employer. No employer can require payment through a card as a condition of employment or for receiving any benefits or other type of remuneration. In addition: employers must allow employees the option to be paid by check or through direct deposit, the card must be associated with an ATM network that ensures the availability of a substantial number of in-network ATMs in the state, employees must be able to make at least three free withdrawals per pay period, and none of the employer's costs for using payroll cards may be passed on to employees.
Contact the CRA's Endorsed Payroll Provider - Datapay payroll to learn more about how they can do pay cards for your employees.
Public Act 16-140 An Act Concerning Cash Refunds for Gift Card Balances
This act requires someone: selling or issuing a gift card to give the buyer an electronic or paper proof of purchase or gift receipt and also requires sellers that accept a gift card as payment to give the purchaser, on request, cash for the remaining balance on the card after the purchase if the (a) balance is under $3 and (b) purchaser provides the proof of purchase or gift receipt.
Public Act 16-169 An Act Concerning Unemployment Compensation Appeals and Hearings, Employee Pay Periods and Minor and Technical Revisions to the General Statutes Relating to the Labor Department
This act makes numerous changes to the unemployment compensation statutes that generally give the Department of Labor (DOL) greater flexibility in processing unemployment claims and appeals. Among other things, it: allows DOL to deliver certain unemployment notices and decisions by means other than by mail (e. g. , email); starts the appeal period when the decision is “provided” to the party, rather than when it is mailed; and allows the labor commissioner to prescribe ways, other than a hearing, for employers and claimants to present evidence and testimony in certain unemployment proceedings.
Please visit the CT General Assembly for a complete list.