Siegel, O'Connor, O'Donnell & Beck, P.C.

Siegel, O'Connor, O'Donnell & Beck, P.C. is a Connecticut-based law firm with a national reputation in the practice specialty of labor and employment law.  Our firm is dedicated exclusively to the representation of employers in the complex dynamic of labor and employment law matters in the workplace.

We have counseled private and public sector management clients on labor and employment issues for 50 years.  Because of our extensive involvement in the representation of clients in labor and employment law, our Firm is able to provide clients with unmatched experience, focus and depth that results in excellent and cost-effective legal service, strategy, and solutions.

 

As we welcome in the New Year, employers should remember that for yet another year, Connecticut’s minimum wage is increasing.  Effective January 1, 2016, the Connecticut minimum wage will rise to $9.60 per hour.  The updated wage and hour law poster, including the minimum wage rate for this year is available at http://www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wgwkstnd/DOL-75.pdf.  All employers must post this notice, no later than January 1st,  wherever covered workers are employed.

Where applicable, Connecticut restaurants may pay their wait staff $6.07 per hour, taking a tip credit for $3.53 per hour; bartenders may be paid $7.82 per hour, taking a tip credit of $1.78 per hour.  However, if the employee does not earn sufficient tips to equal the minimum wage or more over the workweek, the employer must pay the difference as wages.

Connecticut employers should also recall that next year, effective January 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase again to $10.10 per hour.