The Aftermath: Developments From The 2019 Session of The Connecticut General Assembly Affecting Employers (Part One)

The 2019 Regular Session of the Connecticut General Assembly concluded on June 5, 2019.  The legislature passed significant labor and employment legislation that addressed, inter alia, remedies for sexual harassment and employment discrimination and increases in the minimum wage; these bills are summarized in posts on our firm’s labor and employment blog, Working Together. Please…

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KIPP Academy and the NLRB. What Will a Ruling Mean for Connecticut’s Charter Schools?

An interesting question is now pending before the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”): Are labor disputes at charter schools “sufficiently substantial” to effect interstate commerce?  If the answer is yes then the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) – the federal law that guarantees most private-sector workers’ collective bargaining rights – will continue to apply to…

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So You Want To Hire A New Superintendent: What Does The FOIA Permit (And Require)?

We are approaching a time of year where a board of education may have to deal with its long time and (hopefully) beloved superintendent deciding to retire or otherwise move on to another chapter in his or her life. Any feelings of sadness (or any other emotions) must be replaced by the fact that the…

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Schools May Expel Students for Personal Journal Entries

We have previously discussed the tension between a school district’s discipline for social media posts and the protections of the First Amendment. Click here. Indeed, as the United States Supreme Court said in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent County School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969). public school students do not forfeit their “constitutional rights to…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Continues to Speak

At its March 25, 2019 meeting, the General Assembly’s Education Committee continued its hyperkinetic work by approving another flurry of bills.  The following is a brief summary of the bills that the Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee at that meeting. CLASSROOM SAFETY AND SCHOOL CLIMATE: House Bill No. 7110 (“An Act…

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Latest Developments from the Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Begins to Speak

At its March 6, 2019 and March 15, 2019 meetings, the General Assembly’s Education Committee began the process of approving bills.  The following is a brief discussion and summary of the bills that the Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee. UNEXPENDED SCHOOL BUDGET FUNDS: House Bill No. 7112 (“An Act Increasing The…

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY: MARCH 1ST PUBLIC HEARING (REGIONALIZATION AND CONSOLIDATION)

On Friday, March 1, 2019, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing, which will take place at 11:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building.   A particular focus of this hearing will be bills that may require the regionalization and consolidation of school districts and programs.    There are two skeletal/concept bills regarding this issue…

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY: FEBRUARY 22ND PUBLIC HEARING

On Friday, February 22, 2019, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on numerous proposed bills.  The hearing will take place at 11:00 A.M. in Room 2E of the Legislative Office Building.   Of note is another bill attempting to address “classroom safety” issues; without commenting on the bill’s merits, this year’s version may not raise as many…

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The Waterbury Teachers’ Interest Arbitration Award…Are We Heading Back to the “Hard Zero”?

The 2018-19 season for certified Connecticut teacher and administrator contract negotiations is just about officially in the books. While a handful of contracts have yet to be reported, this year’s certified negotiation season could end with exactly one true interest arbitration award for certified teacher and administrator bargaining units. The Waterbury teachers’ interest arbitration award…

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