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  The Right Stuff: Being More Courageous at Work

  • DO get everyone involved.
  • DO accept these are uncharted waters.
  • DO take calculated risks.
  • DON’T get isolated.

The Right Stuff: Being More Courageous at Work

Fear. Even though the recession is now years behind us, fear still lingers for many of us. For example, a recent study by Allianz Life found that 49% of women had a deep seeded fear of becoming a "bag lady." Even though a quarter of the woman surveyed made over 0,000 a year. How do we stop letting fear hang over us like a cloud? With courage. Which reminds me of a conversation I had with a friend’s mother years ago. She knew that the heir apparent to run her company had lied on his job application. But she was scared to speak up. She said, "I know you wouldn’t be scared to say something, but I am."

Almost anyone would be scared to speak up under those conditions. The issue isn’t whether you’re scared or not, the question is will you let your fears hold you back. That’s why I offer three Do’s and one Don’t to hopefully make you more courageous at work. For more, check out Turknett and Turknett’s book "Decent People, Decent Company" (Davis Black, 2005).

DO get everyone involved. Let me fill you in on a little secret. I’ve got an MBA and I’ve been an adjunct professor to MBA students. But I think the MBA view of the world, primarily focused on short-term results, causes as many problems at it solves. I’m not saying we should banish MBAs and executives from the conversation, but we also shouldn’t let them control the debate either. We need to accept that the rules have changed and come up with new approaches to deal with the challenges that we face.

DO accept these are uncharted waters. Business loves nothing more than a case study. Something that makes it easy to sort out what the options are and how we can proceed. Unfortunately no magic pill exists to lift us from our current challenges. We can look to the past, but we also need to look away for new solutions to our predicament.

DO take calculated risks. I believe it was Will Rogers who said that if you sit in the middle of the road you’ll get run over. I agree. This is a great time to take some calculated risks. Okay, I’ll admit that I’m probably the least embracing of the status quo guy that you’ll probably ever meet. But risk taking is now in all of our job descriptions, whether you like it or not. It’s good to challenge your comfort zone on a regular basis. Keeps you feeling young.

DON’T get isolated. In tough times networking can seem like a luxury. I couldn’t disagree more, networking is a power tool that becomes more valuable as the economy struggles. Don’t limit your options by getting isolated. Put regular effort into making new contacts and then following up with them when the situations dictate.

Build up your courage muscles and you won’t have to worry about being a bag lady, but rather you’ll have success in the bag.

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

“The worse the news, the more effort should go into communicating it.”

–Andy Grove

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

DC Considers Cutting-Edge Paid Family Leave Law

“I sometimes imagine how my life would be different if my mom had the option of paid family leave,” Travis said. The District of Columbia resident was born prematurely. Because his mother could not get the time off from work to make necessary hospital visits to care for her fragile son, “She had to give me up to be raised in Florida by other family members.”

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from Allianz

More Money, More Problems: Women and Money

  • 57% have more earning power than ever before
  • 42% believe financially independent women are intimidating to men and often end up alone
  • 31% say these women are hard to relate to and don’t have many friends

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