Welcome to the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association

The Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of employment law attorneys from around the state who share in a common mission; providing quality representation to employees and vindicating employees’ rights.

To that end, CELA’s members work collaboratively to:

  • Promote and increase public awareness of the rights of individual employees;
  • Furnish educational opportunities for attorneys who represent employees;
  • Assist lawyers who actively represent employees in employment related disputes by:
  • Providing ready access to knowledgeable colleagues;
  • Relieving the sense of professional isolation experienced by many employment lawyers who practice in solo or small firms; and
  • Promoting social and cultural exchange among attorneys and other interested groups.
  • Promote the intellectual and professional interests of attorneys who represent employees;
  • Provide the public with accessibility to skilled legal counsel who are well versed and accomplished in the complex area of employment law; and
  • Provide educational training and instructional activities for members, the general bar and for the public.

Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association Weekly

Topic of the Week  Duly Noted: Taking Effective Notes at Work

  • Facts
  • Questions
  • My To Do
  • Their To Do

Duly Noted: Taking Effective Notes at Work

Ever look across your desk to see stacks of note pads and notes that are mostly unintelligible? Welcome to the club. There is a way to track meetings that is efficient and easy to digest, even months later. Which reminds me of my last vacation. I was so focused on recording everything with pictures that I barely saw anything on the entire trip that wasn’t through a viewfinder of a camera. At which point I realized that I actually missed most of what happened.

Just like I missed a lot of my trip, you can miss a lot during meetings, even when you’re taking voluminous notes. The key isn’t to document every bit of minutia, but to capture what’s really important in a way that you can easily access it. The next time you’re in a meeting, try dividing your notepaper into the four sections I’ve outlined below. Or use the symbols to define each reference in your notes. This is excerpted from a feature in the magazine Fast Company entitled "Work smart with Gina Trapani." For more, check out FastCompany.com.

Facts: Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a fact junkie. I think that there are pieces of information that you can get a lot of mileage from. That’s why facts have their own section on your note’s page. It is very helpful to note who said the fact, in case you want to track down a citation or find out more information later. If you don’t want to divide your paper into four sections, you can just signify facts by putting an asterisk next to each.

Questions: These questions can be yours, or can come from other people in the room. An example of this is when you are meeting with a customer. Often it can be helpful to have a record of the questions that they ask, this can really help you to find out what concerns they have and how they change over time. An obvious way to highlight questions is to put a question mark after each. To make them standout however, I put a question mark at both the beginning and end of the sentence.

My To Do: Ever promise to do something during a meeting only to forget about it as soon as the meeting ended? Me too. That’s why it’s so important to have a dedicated part of your notes focusing on your assignments. You can also signify your personal to-do list items by putting a check mark next to each one.

Their To Do: Have you ever had someone claim that they never said they’d do something during a meeting? Or worse, were you accused of being the one who didn’t follow up? You can avoid this by simply noting whenever anyone is assigned a task. The simple way to document this is with an arrow next to the task and the person’s name.

Follow these tips and you’ll have a great snapshot of everything that happened during all the meetings that you attend.

About the Author: Bob Rosner is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. For free job and work advice, check out the award-winning workplace911.com. Check the revised edition of his Wall Street Journal best seller, "The Boss’s Survival Guide." If you have a question for Bob, contact him via bob@workplace911.com.

Thought of the Week

“”We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.””

–Franklin Delano Roosevelt

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Blog of the Week

Uber ignored its diversity problem. Now it’s paying for it in spades.

Uber is under fire after a former engineer made headlines for publishing a detailed account of her experiences with sexual harassment—and Uber executives not addressing it. The timing seems particularly awful for Uber, which just lost 200,000 customers for the way it handled President Donald Trump’s immigration ban. But Uber has been one of the few holdouts not tackling the problems of diversity and inclusion that ail much of Silicon Valley. Now, the company has to pay for it.

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List of the Week

from Workplace Options

Generational Training Gaps: Young and Old Learn Differently

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  • Only 26 percent age 46 to 65 reflected this view.

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