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CT: New Law Removes Certain Prohibitions on Extended Work Hours for Seniors and Disabled Persons

Law Effective October 1, 2017

A new law in Connecticut, effective October 1, 2017, removes certain prohibitions on extended work hours for seniors and disabled persons.

Extended Work Hours for Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities
The law removes the state prohibition on employees aged 66 or older, employees designated by a medical or government authority as handicapped, or disabled veterans from working extended hours without consenting to do so in manufacturing, mechanical, and mercantile establishments; restaurants; and certain other settings (section: 83).

Under current law (until October 1, 2017), handicapped persons and disabled veterans who consent to working extended hours need certification from a physician or advanced practice registered nurse that doing so would not injure their health.

Among other things, the law also updates terminology to use "person first" language in various statutes relating to older adults and individuals with disabilities. Click here to read the text of the law for additional information.

Note: A separate law, also effective October 1, 2017, makes it a criminal act to intentionally interfere with a blind, deaf, or mobility impaired person's use of a guide dog or an assistance dog. Click here for more details.

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