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Labor Department’s Employment Law Conference is Nov. 14 at Farmington Marriott

For immediate release
November 13, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Program Policy and other experts in the field will take part in the agency’s Employment Law Conference taking place Nov. 14 at the Farmington Marriott.

According to State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, the conference – the first ever provided by the agency -- is an extension of the agency’s highly-successful Employer Education Breakfast Seminar series. The daylong event, focused on providing outreach and education to employers, worker advocates, attorneys and human resource professionals, will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast. Mayfield will serve as a luncheon speaker, followed by State Labor Economist John Tirinzonie, who will provide an update on Connecticut’s economy.

Following welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m. by Deputy Commissioner Linda Agnew, the morning session will feature an overview of the agency’s programs and services, including wage and hour standards, enforcement of state wage laws, CONN-OSHA safety programs for employees and employers, and workplace protection laws, including drug testing, employment of minors and Family and Medical leave Act.

Four workshops, which will run twice concurrently, comprise the afternoon session. They include: The Family and Medical Leave Act: Answering Your Toughest Questions; Making Your Case in an Unemployment Insurance Appeals Hearing, Top Ten issues Arising in Wage Investigations, and Workplace Justice: Identifying and Resolving Employment Disputes Before They Become Lawsuits.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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