Tips & Tricks

Check out our videos for some fast facts to help you navigate your current situation.

Tips for Transitioning Employees

Collect Critical Documents

Before you walk out that door, take a moment to collect critical information, including your original job offer and all compensation and benefit summaries and plans, including your company’s severance pay plan. If you are eligible for any type of bonus, be sure to collect your award letters and any documents describing those awards. And, if you are close to retirement, you should also considering tracking down your retirement plan. Don’t forget to gather performance reviews and accolades that you may have received from your employer. Finally, if you agreed to any non-compete restrictions or other types of restrictive covenants, be sure to get copies of those agreements.

Avoid Disclosing Salary History

If you are applying for a job in a state with salary ban legislation, how do you respond to an employer’s question about your salary range? This video tackles discussing past salary with a potential employer in an interview or application.

What To Do With Your Non-Compete

What do you do with your non-compete when you’re leaving employment? Are non-competes enforceable? This tip focuses on one of the many tough situations employees navigate when leaving their employer and transitioning to another.

Leave Confidential Information Behind

You’ve decided to leave your job and now you’re wondering, “what can I take with me?” Our earlier video gave tips about what you should bring with you, and this one is about what you should leave behind. This short video is part of a series of tips for transitioning employees.

Tips for Employment during Covid-19

COVID Vaccinations – Can my employer require me to get the shot?

The simple answer is “Yes.” But there are two very limited exceptions – if your disability prevents you or your sincerely held religious beliefs forbid you. We strongly encourage you to talk to your doctor if you are hesitant about taking the vaccine. But, if you need legal advice navigating this complicated and sensitive area, please consult an employment attorney.

COVID Layoffs – Cost Cutting as an Excuse for Age Discrimination

Is your employer using the COVID-19 pandemic as cover for age discrimination? Were you laid off and then replaced by a younger worker? Were you offered the opportunity to take a pay cut and keep your job? Or, were you encouraged to retire and make way for a younger and less expensive worker? Watch this latest tip that highlights age discrimination during the pandemic and what you can do.

Signing a COVID Waiver to Work

Is your employer requiring you to sign a COVID waiver? Before you sign it, make sure you understand what rights you’re giving up in exchange for being allowed to work.

Signing a COVID Waiver to Work

In this video, we tackle the top three things to do if you were laid off because of the corona virus.
1. File for Unemployment. Refer to these links for special instructions on how to complete the online forms.
2. Begin Your Job Search
3. Consult with an employment attorney if you suspect your employer considered your protected status (age, gender, race, etc.) when it selected you for lay-off

Tips about Important Employment Topics

Are You Ready for Your Drug Test in CT?

In Connecticut, if your employer or potential employer has discriminated against you, threatened to terminate your employment, or rescinded an offer of employment because of your legal use of medical marijuana, you can take legal steps.

An Alternative to Getting Laid Off – CT Shared Work Program

In this video, we talk about the voluntary Shared Work Program administered by the Connecticut Department of Labor. It’s an alternative to layoffs that allows employers to temporarily reduce employee hours and supplement lost wages with the help of partial unemployment benefits. If you suspect that your employer might be considering layoffs to address work slow-downs, you should consider discussing this alternative with your manager before the company decides to move forward with termination.

Hit That Pause Button on Secret Recordings

Before secretly recording a meeting at work, think again. Why?
1. In some states, it’s illegal.
2. Your damages in a wrongful termination of discrimination case could be cut off or reduced if your employer has a policy against these types of videos. A secret recording will NEVER help you. Instead, during the meeting, listen closely and then take good notes immediately afterwards. But, don’t hit the record button without getting permission from your manager on the video.

How to Pursue a Side Hustle without Losing Your Day Job

How do you pursue your side hustle while keeping your day job? What do you do to protect yourself when starting a second job? How do you handle your employer’s policies on moonlighting? For more information, please read our article by clicking here.

Can You Sue For Age Discrimination If You Signed A Release?

You might still be able to pursue an age discrimination claim if you signed an age release and received severance, if your employer didn’t comply with certain legal requirements. In most lay-offs affecting more than one person, federal law requires employers to attach a listing of all in-scope employees by job title and age to the agreement. If your release agreement didn’t contain this listing, the age release might be invalid and you possibly could move forward with a claim of age discrimination. It’s important to speak to an attorney about this complicated and technical area of the law.