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Labor Department Breakfast Seminars Address Unemployment Insurance, Wage and Hour Law
May 9 May 30 workshops will be held at Agency’s Wethersfield Central Office

For immediate release
April 10, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Two subjects of vital interest to and impacting every employer and employee in this state – Unemployment Insurance and the state’s Wage and Hour law  –   will be discussed during May workshops taking place at the Connecticut Department of Labor's Central Office in Wethersfield.

The first, titled Unemployment Insurance 101, will be held May 9, while the second, titled The Essentials of Connecticut’s Wage & Hour Law,” is scheduled for May 30.

Geared toward human resource professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys and other employers with 50 or more employees, both seminars, according to State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield, are part of the agency’s 2008 Employer Education Breakfast Seminar series.

Both sessions – each of which runs from 8 to 11 a.m. on their respective days and will be held in Conference Rooms A, B and C – will include a continental breakfast, along with a wealth of information designed to help employers better understand the laws.

“We are inviting all employers to an enjoyable breakfast and to pick up some valuable information about these two very important issues impacting every business in this state," Mayfield explains. "What, for example, determines benefit eligibility for Unemployment Insurance? What exactly is the so-called ‘quits and fires’ law? Our Unemployment Insurance 101 seminar will help answer those questions and a good many more about U.I.  During The Essentials of Connecticut Wage & Hour Law seminar, we’ll talk about such subjects as meal and break periods, how to maintain accurate records, and go into detail about such topics as timing, frequency, deductions and hiring agreements.”

Presenting the May 9 seminar will be George Wentworth, the Agency's Chief Legal Counsel and Director of the Office of Program Policy. Facilitating “The Essentials of Wage & Hour” seminar presenter will be Ron Marquis, Assistant Director of the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Division of Wage and Workplace Standards.

Time will be allowed during both sessions for participant questions. 

Individuals planning to attend the breakfast seminar should visit the Agency's Web site at for an application that can be downloaded and sent to the Department of Labor. The pre-registration fee for the Unemployment Insurance 101 seminar is $25 and is due by May 2.  The pre-registration fee for The Essentials of Wage & Hour session is also $25, and is due May 23.

Individuals with questions can contact Kathy Marioni at (860) 263-6755, or via email, at

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

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

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