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Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies Independent Contractor Test

By:  C. Scott Schwefel

On March 15, 2016, in Standard Oil of Connecticut, Inc. v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act, the Connecticut Supreme Court held that installers/technicians providing services to residential heating and alarm system customers of Standard Oil of Connecticut were independent contractors and not employees.   The effect of the decision expands the applicability of independent contractor status under the “ABC Test” which provides the framework of worker classification analysis in Connecticut for the purposes of unemployment tax liability.… Read More

Second Circuit Affirms Ruling That Employees’ Disparaging Posts on Facebook Were Protected, Concerted Activities

By:  C. Scott Schwefel

On October 21, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which encompasses the states of Connecticut, New York and Vermont, affirmed a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) finding that an employee’s “liking” another employee’s disparaging comments, directed at their employer, is protected under the National Labor Relations Act (the “Act”).   Sections 7 and 8 of the Act protects employees engaging in “protected, concerted activities” from employer retaliation and such protections apply to non-unionized employees.… Read More

Property Tax Appeals in Connecticut

There are a number of municipalities undergoing revaluation this year. If you are a property owner in these towns, you will soon receive a letter advising you of your new assessment.… Read More

The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

West Hartford, CT, United States — Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC is pleased to announce that two lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  David Shaiken and Mark Shipman were, again, selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of commercial litigation, real estate law and real estate litigation.… Read More

Ethics in Commercial Real Estate Transactions

By: Mark S. Shipman

The role of the lawyer in a Commercial Real Estate Transaction is generally clear. It is the representation of the client to the best of the lawyer’s ability without committing or permitting an ethical breach.… Read More

New Connecticut Law Prohibits Employer Ban on Disclosing Wages

By C. Scott Schwefel

On July 2, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law Public Act No. 15196, entitled “An Act Concerning Pay Equity and Fairness.” The law, which is effective immediately, now prohibits employers from preventing employees from voluntarily sharing information about their wages and, further, prohibits an employer from requiring an employee to sign a waiver that denies the employee his or her right to share such information.… Read More

Connecticut Enacts Law Prohibiting Employers from Accessing Employee Online Accounts

By C. Scott Schwefel

On May 19, 2015, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed into law an act prohibiting employers from requesting or requiring employees or job applicants to: (1) provide their user name and password, or any other means of access, to an employee’s personal online account; (2) access an online account in the employer’s presence; or (3) invite, or accept an invitation from, the employer to join a group affiliated with any personal online account of the employee or applicant.… Read More


Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC Listed in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 “Best Law Firms” Rankings

We are pleased to announce that Shipman, Shaiken & Schwefel, LLC has been ranked in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Law Firms” list regionally in 3 practice areas.  Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.… Read More