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  Source Code: Effective Business Communications

  • Purpose.
  • Explanation.
  • Action.
  • Thanks.

Source Code: Effective Business Communications

Everyone at work seems to be overwhelmed today. With all of our bulging inboxes, it’s so darned important for every one of us to learn how to communicate more efficiently and effectively. In fact, if I had a magic wand, this is the first thing that I’d like to see change at work. Okay, right after doubling all of our pay and tripling our vacation time. Which reminds me of a woman in Manatee, FL who tried to conceal drugs that she was carrying by stuffing them down her pants. When her secret didn’t make it past the TSA agent searching her, she immediately denied that the drugs were hers.

The only thing more odd than denying something in your pants isn’t yours, is sending out an email, memo or report that sounds like it isn’t yours, that it’s in someone else’s voice. And we all do it more often than we acknowledge. We all need to stop sending out stuff that sounds like it was written by a computer or copied from somewhere else. That’s why I’ve included four rules for effective business communication, PEAT. For more, check out Curry & Young’s book "Be a Brilliant Business Writer" (Ten Speed, 2010).

Purpose. Everyone is far too busy today to have to troll through another meaningless report, email or memo. Everything you do should have a clear and specific purpose. Imagine how much extra time we’d all have to actually do our jobs if all the chaff got separated from the wheat before it hit our inbox? But when it comes to purposeful communications, you don’t have to wait for someone else to lead the way, you can start your own crusade.

Explanation. Interestingly most business communications leave out the most important part, the why. The explanation of why will not only help to get people to buy in to whatever you want to see happen, it will provide them the context to understand the motivation behind whatever policy or initiative you are discussing. It doesn’t have to be long-winded, I’ve seen many explanations that are no longer than a paragraph.

Action. Duh. But you’d be surprised how many missives I’ve seen that turn the action step into some kind of connect the dots riddle, where you have to figure it all out on your own. Learn how to be absolutely explicit, describe the action you’d like to see as clearly and specifically as you can. Do this and you just might be surprised to see what you want actually happen.

Thanks. I just don’t think that you can ever thank people enough at work. To me it’s like the old saying about voting in Chicago, thank people early and thank them often. If you want your people to be motivated when they come to work each day, it’s important to make them feel like their efforts matter. Thanking them regularly is a heck of a way to make this happen.

Follow these tips and your message won’t be concealed, many people will hear it.

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

“The five essential entrepreneurial skills for success: concentration, discrimination, organizations, innovation and communication.”

–Harold S. Geneen

Weekly Comic by Jerry King

Blog of the Week

Trump revokes executive order, weakens protections for LGBT workers

An executive order President Trump signed Monday rescinded an executive order President Obama implemented that would have required companies that contract with the federal government to provide documentation about their compliance with various federal laws. Some have argued that this will make it harder to enforce the LGBT protections President Obama implemented for employees of federal contractors—as well as many other protections those workers enjoyed.

Top Five News Headlines

  1. Trump signs bill killing Obama-era worker safety rule
  2. AFL-CIO Ready to Sue If Trump Waters Down Overtime Regulations
  3. The Gig Economy Celebrates Working Yourself to Death
  4. How to Make Employment Fair in an Age of Contracting and Temp Work
  5. Republicans Just Made It Easier For Employers To Hide Workplace Injuries

List of the Week

from Fish Consulting

Virtual Team Challenges: What Managers Are Concerned About

  • 49% communicating effectively
  • 43% managing projects and deadlines
  • 43% creating consensus during decision-making