Counseling, Compliance, and Training

Our lawyers counsel and represent employers in virtually every area of employment law. We work in partnership with clients to carry out management objectives and reduce legal risk by providing counsel and training on all aspects of the employment relationship.

Preventive Counseling

We provide counseling on the following:

  • hiring, discipline, and individual and group terminations
  • personnel policies, handbooks, offer letters, employment contracts, severance agreements, and other employment documents
  • disability, handicap and rehabilitation laws, and reasonable accommodations and the interactive dialogue process
  • minimum wage, overtime, vacation pay, and other wage and hour requirements
  • all matters relating to compliance with discrimination laws, such as Title VII, ADA, ADEA, and PDA
  • the increasingly numerous laws affecting employers, including such diverse matters as whistleblower protection, drug testing, background checks, benefit continuation, anti-retaliation, family and medical leave, maternity, free speech, personnel files, same sex marriage, and employee references

Training

We offer the following:

  • a Training Institute that offers educational programs on employment and benefits topics
  • electronic newsletters that keep clients up-to-date on changes in labor, employment and benefits law
    • Experience
      • Serving as outside employment counsel for a national energy company, advising inhouse counsel and human resources professionals on all aspects of employment law including due diligence, hiring and termination issues, wage and hour compliance, risk management, and other employment-related matters.
      • Serving as outside employment counsel for the Northeast region of a national truck rental company for all areas of the employment relationship.
      • Serving as outside employment counsel for national fluids testing company with laboratories across the US for all multistate employment matters including investigations, wage and hour compliance, individual terminations and mass layoffs, electronic record keeping issues, and all other risk-management matters.
      • Ongoing representation of numerous employers in internal audits and federal and state governmental investigations focusing on wage and hour compliance including white collar exemptions to the overtime regulations and child labor violations.
    • News
      • December 13, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Attorneys Earn Additional Honors for Pro Bono Work

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      • June 30, 2012

        Theodore J. Tucci to Participate in the Metro Hartford Alliance’s Panel Discussion on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Ruling on Health Care Reform

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      • May 31, 2012

        Robinson & Cole Expands Labor & Employment Practice with Addition of Three New Attorneys

    • Publications + Presentations
    • "Workplace Accommodations and the ADA: Focusing on Compliance and Productivity," co-presented by Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Nicole A. Bernabo (10/16/2014)

      "Practical Implications of the Revamped Connecticut Personnel Files Act," co-presented by Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson and Nicole A. Bernabo, webinar (10/29/2013)

      "Social Media in the Workplace - What to Consider to Protect Your Company," co-presented by Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Nicole A. Bernabo and Alice E. DeTora, webinar (3/30/2011)

      "What to Do When You Are Served with a Subpoena," co-presented by Jamie M. Landry and Kori Termine Wisneski (4/27/2010)

      "Defining, Counting, and Recording Hours Worked," at Connecticut Business & Industry Association's Wage & Hour Conference, presented by Jean E. Tomasco (9/18/2007)

      "The Firing Block: Strategies to Prevent Lawsuits Arising from Termination," at a two-day seminar, "Recent Developments in Employment Law 2007," sponsored by Council on Education in Management, presented by Jean E. Tomasco (5/16/2007)

      "FMLA Problem Areas," at CBIA's Human Resources Conference, co-presented by Jean E. Tomasco and Attorney Heidi Lane of Connecticut Department of Labor (6/2006)
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      "Big Brother, Hidden Cameras & Other Surveillance in the Workplace," at Massachusetts Bar Association Luncheon Roundtable, presented by Jeffrey M. Feuer, Esq., and David R. Kerrigan, Assistant Attorney General (1/11/2006)
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      "Critical Documentation for Payroll Managers," at CBIA's Payroll Management for Connecticut Businesses Conference, presented by Jean E. Tomasco (12/2005)

      "Guidelines for the Generation, Retention, and Destruction of HR Records in an Increasingly Electronic World," presented at Connecticut Business & Industry Association's (CBIA) Human Resources Conference at the new Connecticut Convention Center, co-presented by Stephen W. Aronson and Jean E. Tomasco (6/3/2005)

      "E-Discovery, Litigation Holds and Best Practices," at "Tour of the Electronic Workplace, Business Environment and Litigation Protocols," an executive roundtable, presented by Stephen W. Aronson (5/11/2005)

      "Noncompetition Agreements in Massachusetts," at Massachusetts Bar Association (11/4/2004)
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      "Hot Topics in Labor and Employment Law for Connecticut Employers," at Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut, Inc., Innovative Expo 2003, presented by Stephen W. Aronson (10/7/2003)

      "The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination's Sexual Harassment Guidelines: Blueprint for Proper Behavior in Massachusetts," published in Bender's Labor & Employment Bulletin (March 2003)

      "The Battle Wages On: U. S. Supreme Court Redefines Title VII Timeframes, Expands Employer Liability," published in Connecticut Law Tribune (Sep. 2002)

      "Minimizing Your Personal Liability When Implementing Terminations," at Progressive Discipline, Coaching, and Termination Law Seminar, sponsored by the Council on Education in Management, presented by Stephen W. Aronson (2/24 to 2/25/2000)

      Labor and Employment in Rhode Island

      Labor and Employment in Connecticut, assisted by Effie Aquila Patrick

      R&C e-News, (biweekly)
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      Labor and Employment in Massachusetts

      Occupational Safety and Health Handbook

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