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Labor & Employment Law Alert: NLRB and Connecticut's Paid Sick Leave

January 4, 2012

NLRB Once Again Postpones Final Rule on Posting Notices

In August 2011, the NLRB issued a final rule requiring that private employers covered under the National Labor Relations Act (whether unionized or not) post an 11 by 17 inch "Employee Rights" poster. Although originally slated to take effect on November 14, 2011, the NLRB postponed the rule’s effective date to January 31, 2012. The NLRB has again postponed the rule’s effective date to April 30, 2012. Lawsuits have been filed challenging the legality of the rule. The NLRB agreed to postpone the effective date at the request of the Washington, D.C. Federal District Court. The poster advises employees of their rights under the Act, contains examples of unlawful conduct by employers and unions, and advises employees on how to file complaints under the Act.

Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law Now In Effect

As we reported in June 2011 and have discussed at several presentations, Connecticut’s new paid sick leave law went into effect on January 1, 2012. The law covers most employers in the State of Connecticut (excluding certain manufacturers) who employ 50 or more employees and provides sick leave benefits to "service workers." You can find more information on the new paid sick leave statute here and at the Connecticut Department of Labor’s website at http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/SickLeave.htm.