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Employment Law Conference Designed To Help Companies Avoid Workplace Pitfalls
Labor Department’s Nov. 14 Event Features Law Specialists, Workshops


For immediate release
October 7, 2008


WETHERSFIELD, How does an employer avoid the usual pitfalls that come with trying to comply with wage laws relating to overtime, exemptions, record-keeping and travel time?

What are the rules on the employment of minors? Does the Connecticut Family & Medical Leave Act provide more or less protections than its federal counterpart? What are the rules for presenting evidence at an unemployment insurance hearing?

These questions, and many others, will be addressed during a Nov. 14 Employment Law Conference being held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Farmington Marriott. The conference will feature Connecticut Department of Labor staff and employment law specialists who will address a wide range of employment laws that the agency either enforces or administers.

“This conference is an extension of the Department’s of Labor’s ongoing Employer Education Breakfast series sponsored by our Office of Program Policy,” explains State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “Since its introduction in 2004, this series has grown increasingly popular with human resources professionals and business owners throughout the state. The idea for this full-day conference, in fact, came from attendees of those sessions, which typically focus on one specific employment law topic.”

Mayfield noted that the conference should be of broad interest not just to employers, but also to union representatives, worker advocates and attorneys who handle employment law issues within the jurisdiction of the Connecticut Department of Labor.

Following registration and continental breakfast, the morning will begin with a general plenary session that will explore current trends and issues in a variety of other employment law topics, including wage and hour law, unemployment insurance, and the Family & Medical Leave Act.

The afternoon agenda will feature four intensive workshops, with each session repeating to allow conference participants the ability to attend two of workshops.                             

Workshop subjects include: Making your case in an Unemployment Insurance appeals hearing; The Family and Medical Leave Act – answering your toughest questions; Top 10 issues arising in wage investigations; and Workplace justice – identifying and resolving employment disputes before they become lawsuits.

Pre-registration fee for the event is $70 and is due by Oct. 31. Pre-registration applications and checks should be sent to conference coordinator Kathy Marioni at the Connecticut Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109. A conference description and registration forms are available at the Department of Labor Web site – www.ct.gov/dol.

Individuals with questions can also contact Kathy at (860) 263-6755, or via email, at kathleen.marioni@ct.gov.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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