A Note from our President, Lynn Ward

Dear Chamber Member,

Is your business or organization hiring? Join us for our next job fair on Thursday, June 20 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Brass Mill Center in Waterbury. Companies will be promoted on the radio, in the newspaper, and online ahead of the event, which draws hundreds of job seekers from around the region. Chamber member businesses who register will receive two complimentary, 30-day job postings on the Chamber's new, online job board.

On Thursday, June 13 starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Palace Theater, our sister affiliate Main Street Waterbury will honor Al Taylor with the Community Partnership Award, Lynnette Letsky Piombo with the Advocate of the Year Award, and Zack Keith with the Volunteer of the Year Award. We hope that you will join us! Register here.

Come help us celebrate this year's Leadership Greater Waterbury class on Tuesday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Post University downtown. RSVP here.

The HR Council, in partnership with Attorney's Nick Zaino and Vincent Farisello from Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP will lead a discussion on "Best Practices for Disciplining Employees" in-person or on Zoom July 11 at 10 a.m. For more information, click here.

On Tuesday, August 20 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at Aria, the Chamber's Health Care Council will hold its annual meeting and honor the following individuals and organizations:

  • Leadership Award: Aisling McGuckin, RN, MSN-MPH, director of public health, City of Waterbury
  • Unsung Hero: Dr. Marc Raad, Alliance Medical Group and Dr. Bernard D’Souza, Saint Mary’s Hospital
  • Health Advocate: Barbara Dublin, Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries
  • Organizational Excellence: Behavioral Health, Addiction Services, and Crisis Intervention team at Waterbury HEALTH

For sponsorship opportunities, visit this link.

We will be holding the 29th Waterbury Regional Chamber Golf Outing on Monday, September 16 at the Golf Club at Oxford Greens. The day includes lunch, dinner, refreshments, gift bags, 18 holes of golf, networking, and lots of fun! To register, click here or click here for sponsorship opportunities.

If your company would like to receive additional recognition and support the efforts of the Chamber, please consider donating to our raffle for the golf outing. You can contact me directly and we'd be glad to arrange for a pick-up of any item.

You can reach me, as always, at (203) 757-0701 or lward@waterburychamber.com. Keep scrolling for this month’s updates and events to take full advantage of what our Chamber has to offer.

Thank you, more than ever, for your continued membership,

Lynn Signature

In This Issue:

  • President's Note
  • Welcome New Members
  • Member Marketplace
  • Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings
  • Upcoming Events
  • Travel to Croatia
  • HR Corner
  • Message From Our Newsletter Sponsor
  • Naugatuck Chamber
  • Southbury Chamber News
  • Watertown Oakville Chamber News
  • Hiring and Training Programs Available

Upcoming Events:

6/13: Main Street Waterbury Annual Meeting & Awards

6/24: Naugatuck Chamber & YMCA Golf Outing

6/26: Out for Business at Holiday Hill

Welcome to Our Newest Members
A warm welcome to our newest members!* We encourage you to connect with them soon and see where your next partnership can be!

Access Health CT

Brass City Residential Care Home

Chatfield Ace Hardware (Quarry Walk location)

Global Tech Solutions

Mikush Resale Corp. Dba Once Upon a Child

Peragallo Construction


Ward Heating and Cooling LLC

*Joined 5/3/2024 to 6/7/2024

Member Marketplace

To advertise your business or organization in the July member marketplace and get premier placement for your company, contact David Huck at dhuck@waterburychamber.com or call 203-757-0701. Space is limited! $100 per ad.

Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings

Come out and help your fellow Chamber members come celebrate their special occasion!

Upcoming Sponsorship Opportunities

On Saturday, August 3, 2024, the 5th annual Brass City Jazz Fest will be held at Library Park downtown Waterbury. The Jazz Fest will be free for concert goers, offering members of the greater Waterbury community and contemporary & smooth jazz fans from across the Northeast a chance to listen and experience exquisite jazz.

Main Street Waterbury, in conjunction with ACT Jams Productions and the City of Waterbury, are working diligently to schedule a stellar line up of jazz musicians including:

  • Billboard # 1 and Smooth Jazz Artist of the Year 2023: Vincent Ingal - a native of the Waterbury area
  • Legendary producer, songwriter and #1 hitmaker Barry Eastmond
  • Billboard #1 and the Best Contemporary Jazz Artist Award Winner and 2023 NAACP Image Award Nominee Ragan Whiteside
  • Billboard #1 Chart Topping Artist JJ Sansaverino

Last year’s Brass City Jazz Fest was a huge success for the greater Waterbury area. Fans came to the Brass City from Virginia, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Syracuse, Boston, Springfield, New Jersey, New York City, and from all throughout the state of Connecticut.

Help make this year's Brass City Jazz Fest another success with a corporate sponsorship!

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Post University Offering Tuition Reduction for Chamber Employees & Families

Over 1,000 members of the Waterbury Regional Chamber and its employees, including families living in the household, are now eligible to receive a tuition reduction as a result of a new partnership established with Post University. This partnership also extends to the three affiliate Chambers in Naugatuck, Southbury, and Watertown Oakville.

Through the partnership, the employees of businesses who belong to the Chamber, their spouses and their family living in the household are eligible for a 20 percent tuition reduction but they must complete the application process. The tuition reduction is for online undergraduate and graduate programs, including high school family members looking to complete college coursework for general education requirements as well as nurses looking for advanced degrees

To learn more about Post University or this Chamber partnership, please visit partners.

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Travel to Croatia with the Chamber in 2024

Do you love Italy? Then you'll love Croatia! Our trip to Croatia in October will feature an excursion to Venice! June 13 booking deadline. Limited spaces remain!

Looking for a unique opportunity to network beyond the golf course? Join more than 60 travelers from the region and explore the beauty of Croatia and the Dalmatian coast during the Waterbury Regional Chamber's next trip abroad, taking place October 13 to October 21, 2024.

Optional Dubrovnik extension that runs until October 24. Price includes airfare from New York, hotels for 8 nights, select meals, day trips, and more.

For more information, visit www.waterburychamber.com/travel

HR Corner: Connecticut Expands Paid Sick Leave Mandate to Cover Nearly All Employers and Employees

This HR Corner is brought to you by Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP. Written by Attorneys Vincent Farisello and Maria Laurato.

On May 28, 2024, Governor Lamont signed Public Act 24-8, which will significantly expand Connecticut’s paid sick leave law.


The current law applies to employers with at least 50 employees (excluding manufacturers), and requires that they provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave to employees who are considered “service workers.”


Public Act 24-8 will gradually expand the law’s coverage to nearly every employer, regardless of size and industry, and nearly employee, except for seasonal employees (defined as an employee who works 120 days or less in any year). The law will extend coverage to employers with at least 25 employees on January 1, 2025; then to employers with at least 11 employees on January 1, 2026; and finally, to all employers on January 1, 2027.


The new law also increases the rate at which covered employees accrue paid sick leave benefits, expands the reasons for which paid sick leave may be used, and expands the list of family members for whom a covered employee may take paid sick leave. 

Reasons for Leave and Covered Family Members

Under the current law, paid sick leave may be used by covered employees for their own or their spouse’s or child’s illness, injury,

health condition or medical care.

The new law permits the use of paid sick leave for “family members,” applying the same definition of “family member” as Connecticut’s Family and Medical Leave Act. “Family members” include spouses, siblings, children, grandparents, grandchildren, and parents, as well as individuals who are “related to the employee by blood or affinity whose close association the employee shows to be equivalent of those family relationships.”

Employees will be permitted to take leave for the following reasons:

  • An employee’s or employee’s family member’s: (1) illness, injury, or health condition; (2) medical diagnosis, care, or treatment of the employee or employee’s family member; and (3) preventive medical care for mental or physical health.
  • One mental health wellness day per year.
  • Closures of the employee’s workplace or family member’s school or place of care by order of a public official due to a public health emergency.
  • In certain cases where an employee or employee’s family member has been exposed to a communicable illness.
  • For certain reasons where an employee or employee’s family member is a victim of family violence or sexual assault.

Leave Accrual and Carryover


The rate at which covered employees accrue leave will increase from one hour for every 40 hours worked to one hour for every 30 hours worked. Employees who accrue paid sick leave must be permitted to carryover up to 40 hours of unpaid sick leave from one year to the next.


In lieu of accrual, employers are permitted to “frontload” paid sick leave to covered employees. In such cases, employers are not required to allow carryover of unused time. 


For newly covered employers and employees, leave will begin to accrue (or be frontloaded) on January 1 of the year they become covered (i.e., 2025 for employers with at least 25 employees, 2026 for employers with at least 11 employes, and 2027 for employers with at least one employee).


Leave Availability


Under the current law, a covered employee must work 680 hours before they are eligible to use paid sick leave and work an average of at least 10 hours per week in the most recently completed calendar quarter. The new law will allow employees to use paid sick leave beginning on the 120th calendar day of their employment. 




Under the current law, employers could request documentation confirming that paid sick leave is being taken for a permitted purpose when utilized in three consecutive days. The new law will prohibit employers from requiring an employee to provide any documentation confirming that paid sick leave is being taken for a permitted purpose.




There are a number of other provisions of the new law, including expanded employee protections and significant changes to employer and employee notice requirements.


It is critical for employers to review their policies and handbooks for compliance and ensure that they are updated as needed. Even employers that already offer 40 hours of paid time off to their employees or those whose policies comply with the current law must review and update their policies to ensure compliance with the many changes under the new law. 

Vincent Farisello is Co-Chair of the Labor & Employment group and Maria Laurato is an associate in Carmody's Litigation practice group.

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.

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Hiring & Training Programs Available

The Northwest Construction Careers Initiative

NCCI — The Northwest Construction Careers Initiative — offers Northwest Connecticut residents the opportunity to pursue a career in the construction and building trades. Job training and employment possibilities include: 

  • OSHA 10, OSHA 30, and Hazwoper certifications
  • CORE Curriculum, which includes HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical

Orientation sessions are held each Thursday at 249 Thomaston Avenue in Waterbury, CT beginning at 10AM. You do not need to RSVP to attend, but you will need to be on time to participate. 

Healthcare training program

The NRWIB is currently offering training opportunities in the following fields:

  • Patient Care Technician
  • Central Sterile Processing
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Certified Nurse’s Aide
  • Community Health Worker

CT WHISP Program

Connecticut Workforce & High-Tech Industry Skills Partnership (CTWhisp) Program offers a variety of IT career training at schools such as Naugatuck Valley Community College and Patrick’s Academy.

Naugatuck Valley Community College in partnership with the Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board is offering grant-funded, short-term (15 weeks), IT course clusters aligned with industry certifications and supportive services. Clusters include Networking, Programming, Systems, Software and Project Management. Each IT cluster has been mapped to Microsoft and/or CompTIA certifications. The course clusters are offered free of charge to eligible CTWHISP participants. Additional services include enrollment assistance, academic advising, and employment services. In addition to gaining skills and stackable credentials, participants at NVCC will earn between 9-12 college credits that may be used towards a degree.

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