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Labor Department June Breakfast Seminars Cover Drug Testing, Family Medical Leave Act
June 6 and June 20 workshops are slated at Agency’s Wethersfield Central Office

For immediate release
May 1, 2008

WETHERSFIELD, Two of the most important issues impacting the workforce these days – Connecticut's Drug Testing Laws, and the state’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) – will be discussed during June workshops taking place at the Connecticut Department of Labor's Central Office in Wethersfield.

The first, titled “Complying with Connecticut’s Drug Testing Laws” will be held June 6, while the second, titled “Complying with Connecticut’s Family & Medical Leave Act,” is scheduled for June 20.

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 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 employers to come to our Central Office for breakfast and to learn some very valuable information about these two very popular subjects," Mayfield explains. "Drug testing can be a confusing issue for employers and our goal is to clarify both the state and federal laws as they pertain to this issue. The same is true for the Family Medical Leave Act. Connecticut’s FMLA law has covered employees in this state since 1989, while the federal FMLA law was enacted in 1993.” 

Presenting the June 6 seminar will be Stephen Lattanzio, an attorney in the agency's Office of Program Policy, and Jim Fusaro, a special investigator in the Labor Department’s Division of Wage & Workplace Standards. Presenting the “Complying with Connecticut’s Family & Medical Leave Act session, meanwhile, will be Heidi Lane and Jennifer Devine, both attorneys in the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Program Policy.

Time will be allowed during both sessions for participant questions. 

Individuals planning to attend the breakfast seminar should go to the Agency's Web site at to apply.  An application can be downloaded and sent to the Department of Labor. The pre-registration fee for the Complying with Connecticut’s Drug Testing Laws seminar is $25 and is due by May 30.  The pre-registration fee for the Complying with

Connecticut’s Family & Medical Leave Act seminar is also $25 and is due by June 13. Pre-registration applications and checks should be sent to Kathy Marioni, Connecticut Department of Labor, Office of Program Policy, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109.

Individuals with questions can contact Kathy 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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