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  • How to Have a Safe Fun-Filled Holiday Party

    Holiday parties are a time-honored tradition in most workplaces.  While holiday parties can boost workplace morale and culture, poor management and planning can lead to unfortunate incidents and even worse, lawsuits.  In light of recent headlines on sexual harassment and other employment issues, it is especially important to consider various steps that you can take...

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  • The most dangerous element facing Connecticut drivers

    Just like clockwork, the first snow of the year will be here just as families and businesses across Connecticut are putting up holiday decorations. The various lighting schemes and holiday ornaments against a fresh new snow make for a festive...

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  • ACA Employer Mandate Penalties

    Notwithstanding all the news about repeal and changes to the Affordable Care Act, we are aware that the Internal Revenue Service is enforcing current provisions and assessing penalties. Enforcement of the 2015 Employer Mandate Penalty The IRS has announced that it will assess employer mandate penalties for the 2015 tax year.  Employers who had 100...

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  • The hidden illness that can come with a dog bite

    Most people want to avoid dog bites because of the painful puncture wounds commonly associated with them. The scarring, muscle damage and nerve damage can also be terrible injuries that take weeks or even months to heal. But most people...

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  • Why you should think about safety when buying a new car

    If you are in the market to buy a new car, you’re in good company. New car sales for the major automakers tend to spike during the holiday season, especially if the newest models have not met sales projections when...

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  • How to be festive and safe during the holiday season

    With the calendar soon turning to December, more people will begin decorating homes and buying presents that personify the holiday season. While some may simply enjoy the sights of holiday displays and lights, others may become obsessed with creating the...

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  • The House and Senate Get Active in Labor and Employment Law

    Last week, both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate took actions that may have a significant effect on labor and employment law. Senate Confirms Peter Robb On November 8, 2017, the Senate confirmed President Trump’s nominee for NLRB General Counsel, Peter Robb.  Robb is a longtime management-side labor and employment attorney.  He previously served...

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  • Be an Educated Consumer when Selecting a Mediator

    As the popularity of mediation increases, it becomes increasingly important for mediation advocates to know what they are getting into. No single mediator or mediation session is the same as another. The flexibility of mediation is one of its strengths because for every dispute, there will be a variety of mediation alternatives. The only uniformity...

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  • Upcoming Seminar: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey will hold a training session for supervisors on Thursday, November 16th on the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace.  The program will be presented from our Waterbury office, but individuals may also participate by video conference in our New Haven and Stamford offices.  Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. and the program begins at 8:30...

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  • Role of the Attorney in a Mediation

    In a recent article entitled Gerry Spence, Marshall McLuhan, and What Lawyers Do In Mediation ( noted mediator Arthur Pressman details the different roles available to attorneys in mediation. He compares the popular US-style mediation to what he calls the “international-style” mediation in Europe. At the Vienna IBA/VIAC Joint Mediation Competition (VIAC is the Vienna...

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  • U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Important Employment Arbitration Issue

    In three cases pending before the United States Supreme Court in the upcoming term, the Court will address whether employees can be forced to arbitrate class action employment law claims. The three cases, involving Murphy Oil, Epic Systems and Ernst & Young, highlight the two sides of the debate that have split the Circuit Court...

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  • Judicial Review of Arbitration Awards

    In a very noteworthy decision, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently reiterated its long-standing support for arbitration and the great deference it ordinarily gives to the factual and legal determinations of the arbitrators.  In Kellogg v. Middlesex Mutual Assurance Company (326 Conn. 638), released on August 22, 2017, the Supreme Court reversed the trial court which...

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