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Post University has named Amanda Nardozzi as director of the Police Recertification Program for the School of Continuing Education. Nardozzi previously served as the associate program chair of Criminal Justice and brings more than 20 years of law enforcement experience to her new position.
Post’s Police Recertification Program offers online skills training and recertification resources for local police departments and individual officers. As director of the program, Nardozzi will be responsible for overseeing the development of the curriculum for the program’s asynchronous online courses. Currently, there are 18 courses in the program. Additional courses are launching in near future, so the program will have more than two dozen courses for officers.
“Amanda has an impressive and storied background in law enforcement, and provides a deep breadth of knowledge and nuance to our program.” said Dawn Sherman, Ed.D, Director of the School of Continuing Education at Post University. “Her training and background make her well qualified for the position. As an alumna of Post University and former associate program chair in Post’s John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education, I am thrilled to have her at the helm the program.”
Throughout her career, Nardozzi worked in a variety of law enforcement roles across the state, starting as a correctional officer and eventually retiring as Detective Sergeant of Youth and Special Investigations for the Naugatuck Police Department. Currently, she serves as a Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Certified Instructor for the State of Connecticut, and is a regular presenter at industry symposiums, panels and training sessions.
A Waterbury native, Nardozzi is heavily involved in the community and serves as commissioner for the City of Waterbury’s Board of Education. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury and the Board of Directors for Jane Doe No More. 
Nardozzi earned her PhD in Psychology from Walden University, Master of Science in Forensic Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Post University.
Post University’s Police Recertification Program allows officers to take courses virtually in just a few hours, saving law enforcement departments time and money. Each one- to two-hour course covers current issues in law enforcement, such as cultural diversity, conflict management, gangs and gang violence, and managing juvenile cases. To learn more about Post University’s Police Recertification Program, visit:
HR Corner: What's On Tap for Employers in the 2022 Connecticut Legislation Session?
This HR Corner is brought to you by Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP. Written by Attorney Nick Zaino
The 2022 legislative session is in full swing with a slate of bills that have been advanced in the Labor Committee. Some of these bills are ones that have been proposed in the past, while others are new proposals. These bills have the potential to impact your workplace and, therefore, it is important to speak up and reach out to your state representatives if you have any concerns. Here is a rundown of some bills that are likely to be most impactful for all employers:
SB 312: AN ACT CONCERNING THE EXPANSION OF CONNECTICUT PAID SICK DAYS. Expands the paid sick leave law to require every employer (not just those with 50 or more employees) to provide every employee (not just service workers) with one hour of paid sick leave for each 30 hours worked (instead of 40 hours) up to a maximum of 40 hours per year. Would also require every employer to provide up to 80 hours of COVID-19 sick leave. 
HB 5249: AN ACT CONCERNING NONCOMPETE AGREEMENTS: Significantly restricts an employer’s use of non-compete agreement. Would invalidate non-compete agreements for non-exempt (hourly) employees, employees earning not less than three times the minimum wage, and independent contractors earning less than five times the minimum wage. Would also render a non-compete unenforceable if the employer terminates the employment relationship without cause (which is not defined in the bill). There are numerous other restrictions, including a 12-month limit on the non-compete duration.
SB 317: AN ACT CONCERNING UNEMPLOYMENT FOR STRIKING EMPLOYEES. Permits employees who are on strike to collect unemployment benefits after two weeks. This would reverse current law, which generally renders a striking employee ineligible for benefits.
SB 318: AN ACT CONCERNING CAPTIVE AUDIENCE MEETINGS. Allows employees to bring a civil action against an employer if the employer requires employees to attend or participate in a meeting or listen to a speech, the primary purpose of which is to communicate the employer's opinion concerning “religious matters” or “political matters”. The definitions of these terms are broad and could include a meeting to discuss legislation or regulations that impact business operations, employer involvement in civic or community events, and labor unions. 
SB 321: AN ACT EXPANDING WORKERS' COMPENSATION COVERAGE FOR POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS INJURIES FOR ALL EMPLOYEES. Extends workers' compensation coverage for all employees (not just first responders) who have post-traumatic stress due to certain events such as viewing a deceased minor, witnessing the death of a person, and witnessing an injury to a person who subsequently dies before or after admission at a hospital.
HB 5245: AN ACT CONCERNING FORCED ARBITRATION AGREEMENTS AND ALLOWING CERTAIN COURT ACTIONS TO BE BROUGHT ON BEHALF OF THE STATE: Allows employees to sue their employers for discrimination on behalf of the state after having waived their personal rights to sue by signing forced arbitration agreements. This would be similar the federal False Claims Act that allow private citizens to help recover compensation on behalf of the government for violations of the law.

HB 5356: AN ACT CONCERNING PANDEMIC PAY FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS. Provides “essential workers” with $2,000 pandemic pay for their service during the COVID19 pandemic to be paid from Connecticut’s general fund. 
HB 5353: AN ACT CONCERNING A FAIR WORKWEEK SCHEDULE. Requiring certain retail, restaurant, and hospitality employers to provide 14 days' notice to employees of their work schedules.
We will continue to monitor these bills and provide updates. In the meantime, if you have questions about what you can do to improve your employee retention, please contact a member of Carmody’s Labor and Employment team. 
This information is for educational purposes only to provide general information and a general understanding of the law. It does not constitute legal advice and does not establish any attorney-client relationship.
In the News
Business Women's Forum: Learn to Thrive
By Lynn Ward

On Thursday, March 24, the Waterbury Regional Chamber will host the 39th annual Business Women’s Forum—Connecticut’s premier professional development conference for individuals from across the region. For the past 39 years, the Business Women’s Forum has inspired and educated women from across the state through an energetic day of expert speakers and engaging networking opportunities.

This year’s forum, themed “Ever Resilient,” is shaping up to be of our most memorable conferences to date. Our speakers come from a broad array of backgrounds and will provide attendees with the encouragement, motivation, tips, wisdom, and resources to navigate these seemingly unpredictable times and be the best that they can be in all areas of their lives.

Our virtual keynote speaker is multi-Platinum recording artist, producer, author, and actress Vanessa Williams, who will be joining us live from the West Coast. Drawing from her personal experience in the entertainment industry, where she has sold millions of records worldwide, and her critically-acclaimed work in film, television, and on Broadway, Vanessa will provide invaluable lessons and insights that will resonate with women in the business world.

Our motivational speaker is Christine Cashen, one of the world’s most sought-after business humorists. Cashen is primed to deliver her characteristic, fast-paced, uproarious program that will be brimming with memorable quips and relevant content to help attendees spark new and innovative ideas, manage conflict, reduce stress, energize employees, and create a happier, more productive workplace. Cashen is one of the few individuals to meet the rigorous induction criteria of the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame.
Susan Rietano Davey and Kelley Biskupiak of Prepare to Launch, LLC, will present “Strategies to Survive and Thrive in the Modern Workplace.” These workplace experts will teach attendees how to identify and manage stress and stressors in their lives, build resilience and achieve sustainable work-life synergy using six unique tools, and how to implement 10 self-promotion and career advancement strategies tailored to busy professionals pressed for time. Prepare to Launch, LLC is a global learning company that guides women through challenging work-life transitions and helps companies create cultures and establish policies that attract, develop, retain, and advance women.

Julia Ford-Carther, a seasoned consultant and coach, will present on the important topic of emotional intelligence through her talk: “Improving Team Communications Through EQ.” Ford-Carther graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in communication and has worked with brands such Allure magazine, NBC, W Hotels, and others.

The day will also feature lunch, desserts, and prize giveaways, including three beautiful pieces of jewelry that were provided by the Business Women’s Forum presenting partner Onyx II Fine Jewelers. Our other premier partners include Drew Marine and Wells Fargo; Post University is a Star partner. We are proud to have Carrie Raybeck, Manager of Strategic Accounts at Eversource Energy, as the Chairwoman and Christina Billings of Post University as Vice Chairwoman of this year’s event. iHeartRadio personality Renee DiNino is the emcee for the forum.

If you have been eyeing the ads, exploring our website and social media, and deciding whether to attend, I encourage you to register and join us for an amazing day at the Aqua Turf Club in Plantsville. Registration and networking begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. The program runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. A virtual option is also available. Visit or call us at (203)757-0701 today so we can answer your questions.

This column originally ran in the Republican-American on Monday, March 14, 2022.
Welcome New Members:
A warm welcome to our newest members!* We encourage you to connect with them soon and see where your next partnership can be!

*Joined 2/10/22 to 3/14/22

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
  • Wednesday, March 16 at 11 a.m. - The Lash Lounge - 349 Meriden Road - Waterbury
  • Tuesday, April 12 at 3 p.m. - Bridge Cigar Shop - 155 Quinn Street - Naugatuck
  • Thursday, April 21 at 3 p.m. - Green Wealth Management Group - 555 Heritage Road, Suite 2W - Southbury

Please join us and your fellow members for any of these upcoming events!
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A Look Back: 26th Annual Malcolm Baldrige Chamber Awards Evening
On Wednesday, March 9 at the Aqua Turf, the Waterbury Regional Chamber presented the 2022 Malcolm Baldrige Community Award to John Hopkins of Post University; the Leadership Award to Nick Zaino of Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey, LLP and the Leadership Award to Sue Mellitt of Drew Marine. Thank you to our Diamond Sponsor Webster Bank, Platinum Sponsors Onyx II Fine Jewelers and Post University, our Gold Sponsors Drew Marine and Tomasso Group, and our many other generous supporters!
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Register Now for the Chamber Wellness Challenge
What’s the Chamber Wellness Challenge?
The Chamber Wellness Challenge (CWC) is a 3-month wellness challenge for chamber of commerce’s across Connecticut to engage in a friendly walking competition hosted by Connecticut based BlueBack Health, LLC. The CWC encourages participants to get moving while providing opportunity to work on building healthy habits and build community spirit. 
Why are we joining?
Nobody can dispute that the last two years have turned business models, priorities and plans upside down, as all sectors have been forced to navigate a continuously changing climate. Undoubtedly, this has also taken a toll on everyone’s health – physically and mentally. The need for healthy habits, consistency and connection is crucial now more than ever. That’s why we invite your workplace to join the Chamber Wellness Challenge (CWC) and help us walk to better health together. As if getting healthier weren’t enough motivation, there will be prizes and incentives along the way! 
April 12: Connecticut Business Day
Hiring & Training Programs Available
Do you need help finding qualified workers for your business? Could you use some financial assistance to offset the cost of hiring and training new workers, or training your existing workforce?

The Waterbury Regional Chamber is working with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investments Board to help businesses in Greater Waterbury learn more about the available hiring and training programs and whether they qualify for them. This includes providing information on posting jobs on the states website, as well as information about Manufacturing Innovation Fund Incumbent Worker Training, the apprenticeship program, hiring veterans and on-the-job training programs.

For more information, visit
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