Updated on December 21st, 2021
A Connecticut employment contract is an agreement between an employer and new employee that specifies the employee’s rights and responsibilities. The completed form will include a description of the employee’s duties, the details of their wage or salary, and whether they are employed part-time or full-time. Also disclosed in the document are the company policies regarding vacation time, personal leave days, work benefits, employee confidentiality, and the maximum number of permitted absences before termination.
Executing an employment contract ensures the rights of both parties are protected. A violation of the agreement’s provisions may result in termination of the employee, or legal action from the affected party.
Independent Contractor Agreement – Used to define the terms of a business relationship between a self-employed person and their client.
Subcontractor Agreement – Used to delegate to a subcontractor a task that is part of a general contractor’s work assignment.
- Labor Statutes: Title 31
- Definition of Employee: § 31-51n
- Minimum Wage: $13.00/hr (§ 31-58(i)(1))
- Overtime: One and a half (1.5) times the employee’s usual wage (§ 31-76c) (§ 31-76b(g)).
- Record Keeping: Employers must keep records of their employee’s hours and wages for a three (3) year period (§ 31-66).
Permitted? Yes, Connecticut employees and employers in an at-will working relationship can end employment for any motive that is not one of the following:
- Retaliation against complaints, legal action, or reports (§ 31-40d(b), § 31-105(8), and § 31-51m(b));
- Discrimination (§ 31-40o(a));
- Smoking (§ 31-40s(a));
- Breastfeeding (§ 31-40w(c));
- Discussing wages (§ 31-40z(6) – (7));
- Erased criminal records (§ 31-51i(f));
- Exercising constitutional rights (§ 31-51q);
- Family/medical leave (§ 31-51pp(a)(1) and § 31-57(v)); or
- Family violence (§ 31-51ss(h)).