On June 7, 2021, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation amending the state’s existing salary history inquiry and pay equity statutes. As we discuss below, this amendment – which goes into effect on October 1, 2021 – places additional obligations on Connecticut employers and modifies the existing standard for pay equity claims in the state.

Newly required wage range disclosures

Under the newly-adopted measures, Connecticut employers will be barred from engaging in the following actions related to the disclosure of wage ranges:

  • Failing or refusing to provide an applicant for employment the wage range for a position for which the applicant is applying, upon the earliest of (A) the applicant’s request, or (B) prior to or at the time the applicant is made an offer of compensation; and,
  • Failing or refusing to provide an employee the wage range for the employee’s position upon (A) the hiring of the employee, (B) a change in the employee’s position with the employer, or (C) the employee’s first request for a wage range.

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On Friday, April 10, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order extending the state’s “non-essential” business restrictions until at least May 20.  As we previously detailed, this measure applies to all businesses deemed “non-essential” under a prior executive order (and was initially scheduled to last until April 22).

In addition, last week Governor Lamont issued another executive order, requiring that all workplaces take additional protective measures to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19.  The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, in consultation with the Commissioner of Public Health, was charged with promulgating legally binding rules enforcing these additional protective measures.  These mandatory rules, entitled Connecticut’s Safe Workplace Rules for Essential Employers, can be found here.  The Safe Workplace Rules require all employees to wear a mask at work and set forth measures designed to eliminate transmission points and control workplace contact.  The rules also detail guidelines specific to essential construction sites.  The Safe Workplace Rules supplement the state’s Essential Safe Store Rules, which set forth protective measures for essential retailers.
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In an effort to reduce in-person workforces in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Connecticut has joined New York, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, New Jersey, and several other jurisdictions in restricting the operation of “non-essential” businesses. More specifically, on March 20, Governor Ned Lamont issued an executive order requiring all “non-essential” businesses to reduce their in-person workforces by 100 percent by tonight (March 23) at 8 p.m. “Non-essential” businesses may, however, permit staff on-site to the minimum extent necessary to provide security, maintenance and receipt of mail and packages. “Non-essential” retailers may be staffed on-site, provided that they only offer remote ordering and curbside pick-up or delivery. This measure is scheduled to last until April 22. The governor’s order emphasizes implementing remote work arrangements for all employers to the greatest extent possible.
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