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Connecticut Passes Law Mandating Paid Sick Leave

The Connecticut legislature recently passed Public Act 11-52 which, effective as of January 1, 2012, will require most employers that employ 50 or more individuals in Connecticut to provide certain employees with paid sick leave accruing at a rate of one hour per 40 hours worked, up to a maximum of 40 hours of sick leave in a calendar year.?á The law provides paid sick leave to “service workers” who are paid hourly and work in one of the various occupation categories identified in the law.?á Exceptions are made for certain manufacturing entities and tax-exempt nationally chartered organizations which provide services in recreation, child care, and education, as well as for employers with respect to day or temporary workers and non-hourly salaried professionals.?á Employers are deemed in compliance if they provide other leave (e.g., vacation, personal days or time off) that accrues as quickly as required under the law and… Continue Reading

Eleventh Circuit Holds Individual Mandate of Health Reform Unconstitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled unconstitutional the provision of?áthe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the health?ácare reform?álaw, that would require individuals to purchase health insurance or face an annual penalty (called the?á?Ç£individual mandate?Ç¥).?á Unlike the district court, however, the Eleventh Circuit?ádid not conclude that the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate caused the entire act to be unconstitutional.?á The Eleventh?ÇÖs Circuit?ÇÖs decision striking down the individual mandate contrasts with the decision of the Sixth Circuit, which upheld the individual mandate as constitutional.?á The?á?áU.S. Supreme Court is expected to review the constitutionality of health reform during its upcoming term, with a ruling possible by the summer of 2012.?á A copy of the decision an be found here.

August 2011