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The CBIA Employment Law Conference is back with an in-depth look at the toughest workplace issues impacting your management and HR.

Get the information you need from the Connecticut Paid Vacation Authority Erin Choquette on the top five mistakes employers make when responding to family and medical leave requests.

Keep up to date with the latest Connecticut laws affecting employers and how to comply with the state’s mandatory retirement plan program.

Learn the most important things an employer can do to prevent lawsuits by understanding the perspective of the lawyers who file them.

And you’ll take home practical information about background investigations in the pre-employment process, as well as Connecticut’s new restrictions on the use of cannabis testing.

This program is approved for 4.0 HCI and 4.0 PDC SHRM credits.


7:30 am | Networking Breakfast

8:10 am | Opening remarks

Diane MokriskiHuman Resources Advisor, CBIA

8:15 am | Background Investigations: Pitfalls for the Unwary

Valerie FerdonPartner, Updike, Kelly & Spellacy

Employers risk significant liability if they fail to comply with state and federal laws when conducting employment background checks. Can you reject a candidate based on a minor criminal conviction? What if they were arrested, but the case is still pending? Do the rules change if you hire an outside investigator? Can employers use social media to conduct their own surveys? How can you avoid being held liable for potentially discriminatory hiring practices? We cover these questions, as well as Connecticut’s new restrictions on the use of pre-employment cannabis testing.

9:15 a.m. | Preventing Pre-Trial Liability: Views from Plaintiffs’ Counsel

Nina PirottiPartner, Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, CP

What are the most important things an employer can do to prevent a lawsuit from starting in the first place? Understanding the perspective of the lawyer on the other side can provide crucial insight into litigation prevention strategies. In this segment, we discuss steps employers can take to minimize the risk of lawsuits, both during employment and upon termination. We focus on current trends reflecting a significant increase in complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment.

10:15 a.m. | Networking Break

10:30 a.m. | New Laws Affecting Connecticut Employers

Caroline ParkPartner, Esq., Wiggin and Dana LLP

larry peikesPartner, Wiggin and Dana LLP

Stay up to date on the latest Connecticut legislation impacting employers. Learn how to comply with the state’s mandatory retirement program, understand how captive hearing law affects your company’s meetings, and ensure your policies comply with the state’s new marijuana legalization law. ‘State.

11:30 a.m. | Networking Break

11:50 a.m. | FMLA and Paid Medical and Family Leave: Top 5 Employer Mistakes

Erin ChoquetteCOO and General Counsel, Connecticut Paid Vacation Authority

What are the most common mistakes employers make when responding (or not responding) to employee leave requests? And what are employers doing right? Erin Choquette returns, by popular demand, to provide a brief overview of the main requirements of the law on paid leave, explain how to avoid common problems and, above all, answer your questions on this complex subject.


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