Connecticut News & Analysis

  • Don't let holiday cheer turn into holiday fear (of liability)

    The holiday season is in full swingThanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year's, and more. But not everyone will be celebrating all of those things.

  • Wellness programs are about more than health insurance costs

    When attorneys talk or write about wellness programs, it's almost always from a highly legal perspective. We could talk all day about the convoluted and overlapping requirements of the various laws that apply to such programs. But this month, we want to take a different approach and look at wellness programs from more of a business perspective.

  • Trust—cornerstone for high performance culture

    A CEO for a privately held telecommunications company just learned the results of a recent corporate culture survey. Only 40% of her employees responded favorably in the category of "Employee Engagement." She was disappointed and frustrated, recognizing the impact of high employee engagement on achieving operational excellence. The initiatives that she implemented within the past year to boost commitment had failed. She didn't know what to do next.

  • Tips for successful succession planning

    Succession planning is an integral part of the ongoing success of most large corporations with boards of directors, various levels of company management, and vast talent pools from which future leadership can be drawn. Such organizations recognize that as the company evolves with new employees, new technology, a new culture, and new products or services—not to mention all the challenges associated with each of those changes—selecting and transitioning to leadership more adept at handling the company's evolution are vital to ensuring the business stays ahead of industry trends and challenges.

  • Workplace Trends

    Research shows slow growth for middle-wage jobs. A study from CareerBuilder shows that highand low-wage job growth is overshadowing the increase in middle-wage jobs. According to the study, the United States is expected to add 8,310,003 jobs from 2018 to 2023, with just one-fourth of them in the middle-wage category. Factored into the total job growth is an expected loss of 369,879 jobs over the same period, with middle-wage occupations experiencing the majority of the decline. The research shows that a total of 121 occupations will experience a decline in jobs between 2018 and 2023, and 75 of them are middle-wage jobs. Highand low-wage occupations are expected to have the highest net job growth from 2018 to 2023 at 5.71% and 5.69%, respectively. Middle-wage employment will grow at 3.83%. STEM-related occupations will continue to dominate fast-growing occupations, according to the research.

  • Wrap up 2018 with new or revised handbook

    This year has brought an unusual number of changes in employment law. Various federal agencies got into the groove of aggressively undoing a lot of requirements their predecessors in the Obama administration had put into place. In addition, there has been an increasing number of employment-related requirements from state and local governments.

  • Can you keep a secret? How to handle 'confidential' employee complaints

    The #MeToo movement just turned one. And while its long-term effects on the workplace remain to be seen, it's commonly expected that increasing numbers of women (and some men) will be informing their employers about problems with sexual harassment.

  • Moonlighting is more common than you think

    According to a recent report from Adobe, one in three office workers moonlights. The report indicates that moonlighters tend to be happier and more optimistic than workers who don't hold down a second job. The top reasons for moonlighting include pursuing a passion (e.g., accountant by day, lead guitarist in a band on the weekends), expanding networking opportunities, gaining new skills to help shift careers, obtaining more experience in a current career trajectory, helping others, having fun, engaging in social interaction with others, and increasing financial security by not being bound to one company.

  • What happened to common decency?

    Rudeness is everywhere. Road rage abounds. It's all about "me" these days, and manners are a laughable thing of the past. Our politicians aren't even close to being civil with one another. Political philosophies are far to the right, far to the left, and what you believe is the only thing that's correct. Everyone else's beliefs are just flat wrong—end of debate. This isn't your grandma's America.

  • HR for the holidays

    (To the tune of "Jingle Bells")