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Nov. 13 Introduction to Employment Law Seminar Offered by Labor Department Attorneys

For immediate release
October 30, 2009

WETHERSFIELD, As an employer, do you ever have any questions on that various rights your employees are entitled to in the workplace?

Can an employee to review his or her own personnel file at any given time? Must an individual, during the course of a job interview, answer each and every question posed by a potential employer? Are there any special rules concerning smoking in the workplace, and must all companies provide breaks and meal periods?

These questions, and many others, will be addressed during a Nov. 13 Introduction to Employment Law Breakfast Seminar sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office of Program Policy. 

The 8 to 11 a.m. session will be held at the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Central Office, located at 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, and will begin with a continental breakfast.

The first of five such sessions in the agency’s Winter Employment Seminar series, the Nov. 13 event will feature attorneys Heidi Lane and Jennifer Devine of the agency’s Office of Program Policy. Lane and Devine, both experts in the field of employment law, will discuss a variety of topics and include a question and answer period.

“Our first seminar for the winter season is an overview of a wide range of employment laws affecting the Connecticut workplace,” noted State Labor Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield. “Designed for human resources professionals, business owners and managers, attorneys, and employers who want a basic introduction to employment laws affecting the Connecticut workplace, this seminar is designed to provide members of Connecticut’s business community with a better understanding of workforce issues that affect employers on a daily basis.” 

According to Commissioner Mayfield, topics at the Nov. 13 seminar will include: 

  • The do’s and don’ts of job interviewing
  • The law on personnel files
  • Requirements for job applications
  • Basic wage payment laws
  • A brief overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), drug testing laws and   discrimination laws 
  • Electronic surveillance and monitoring in the workplace
  • Meal periods” law
  • Smoking in the workplace

The pre-registration fee, due by Nov. 10, is $25. Pre-registration applications and checks should be sent to Kathy Marioni, Connecticut Department of Labor, 200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109.  Registration forms can be obtained on the agency’s Web site.

Persons needing special accommodations are requested to contact the agency at least one week prior to the event.

Subsequent seminars in the winter series include Complying with Connecticut’s Drug Testing Laws on Dec. 11; Complying With Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act, on Jan. 8; The Essentials of Connecticut Wage and Hour Law on Feb. 5; and Unemployment Insurance 101 on March 12.

Individuals with additional questions can contact Kathy via email at kathleen.marioni@ct.gov or by phone at (860) 263-6755. In the event of inclement weather, individuals planning to attend should follow the lead of the Wethersfield Public School System. If schools are delayed or cancelled for the day, the seminar will be postponed until a later date.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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

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