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DOL Proposes New Rule for Independent Contractor Classification

Misclassification of workers as independent contractors has been a long-standing issue for employers, and enforcement priority for various federal and state agencies. On October 13, 2022, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a new rule that would make it harder to classify a worker as an independent contractor
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Increase in 401(k) Plan Limits for 2023

The IRS, in Notice 2022-55 has announced increased 401(k) plan limits for 2023.  The increases are larger than usual due to inflation.  Here is what you need to know: The 401(k) deferral limit is increased to $22,500 from $20,500. Note this increase applies to 403(b) plans as well. The total contribution limit
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What Employers Can Learn from Mar-a-Lago

In recent days, pictures of documents labeled “top-secret” and “classified” strewn about the carpet of Mar-a-Lago have dominated the news headlines. These pictures have been shocking but likely don’t seem applicable to the general public given that the vast majority of people will never possess such sensitive state secrets. However,
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The Obligation to Provide a Medical Leave as a Reasonable Accommodation

The federal and Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Acts (FMLA) provide clear requirements for how much job-protected leave a covered employer must provide to its eligible employees. That is, eligible employees are generally entitled to 12 weeks of job-protected leave over a 12-month period, plus an additional two weeks of
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CT DECD Announces Municipal Brownfield Grant Funding Round

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Office of Brownfield Remediation and Development (OBRD) has announced availability of funding under the State’s Municipal Brownfield Grant and Targeted Brownfield Development Loan Programs, and is inviting applications for same. The deadline to submit applications to DECD for this funding round
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As crypto enters the compensation world, Startups should walk before running

The use of cryptocurrency is starting to gain a substantial foothold in employment and compensation according to the U.S. Department of Labor. For startup companies and other employers, this trend should call for both excitement and caution. First, last month the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration published a compliance assistance
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CT DEEP Finalizes New Spill Regulations

The CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) has finalized long-awaited “Release Reporting Regulations,” which define when and how discharges of oil, petroleum, and other reportable materials must be reported to the State. The new regulations, available here, became effective on Friday March 4, 2022. Prior to these regulations,
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OSHA’s “vaccine or test” mandate stayed (again)

Earlier this afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay blocking the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) from enforcing its “vaccine or test” mandate previously imposed on businesses with 100 or more employees.  This case will return to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals for the underlying merits to
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