Rachel Trafton attended and participated in Housing Solutions for Maine’s New Age

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rachel Trafton attended and participated in Housing Solutions for Maine’s New Age, a conference and planning charrette that was hosted by the Maine Council on Aging in Belfast, Maine on May 30, 2018. For anyone interest in housing options that could help older Mainers age in place and in their communities, be sure to check […]

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Must I compensate my employee for that? DOL and compensation for time spent in wellness activities.

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie Storey

On August 28, the Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division issued Opinion Letter FLSA 2018-20, which addresses the compensability of time an employee spends voluntarily participating in certain wellness activities, biometric screenings, and benefits fairs. The opinion letter was based on the following scenario: An employer allows its employees to voluntarily participate in “biometric […]

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Before you Sign a Contract: Is That Your Real Name?

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Brent A. Singer

Sign Here I’ve practiced in the area of contract law for twenty-five years, and I’ve noticed something: Many people simply do not understand how to sign contracts. This struck me as strange at first, but after years became commonplace. Allow me to explain: By signing the contract, I mean signing their name on the correct […]

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Rudman Winchell congratulates our 10 attorneys recognized in The Best Lawyers© in America 2018

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Bangor, Maine, August 15, 2018: Ten Rudman Winchell attorneys were recently named to the 2019 Best Lawyers© in America list based entirely on a peer reviewed process.  Best Lawyers© relies on the consensus opinion of leading community lawyers regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues.  The result of this patented selection process is that 10 […]

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Maine Lawmakers To End Automatic Driver’s License Suspensions That Paved An Easy Road To Felonies

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Tracy B. Collins

Soon, Maine will stop automatically suspending driver’s licenses as a penalty for failure to pay fines on most offenses unrelated to driving.  This is a big deal, especially for folks with no criminal history.  Why? Imagine a man, 18 years old, just a pup.  No criminal history.  Let’s call him Gary.  He goes fishing but he does not first obtain […]

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Can I Fire My Employee for That?

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Joshua A. Randlett

Many employers are at least generally aware of the fact that Maine is an “at-will” employment state. As they say, however, a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The purpose of this article is to alert employers to the fact that firing an at-will employee is not necessarily a risk-free endeavor. Let’s […]

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Rudman Winchell Welcomes Attorney Joshua A. Tardy To The Firm.

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell is pleased to announce that Joshua A. Tardy has rejoined the firm.   Having begun his career as an associate attorney at Rudman Winchell in 1993, Josh will serve the firm and its clients in an Of Counsel position as of July 1, 2018.  Josh was a member of Irwin, Tardy, & Morris where […]

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Rudman Winchell Welcomes Attorney Tracy B. Collins To The Firm.

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell is delighted to announce that Tracy B. Collins, Esq., has joined the law firm.  She will practice in the firm’s litigation section. Tracy comes to Rudman Winchell after a short stint with a small litigation firm where she handled employment discrimination, medical malpractice, and appellate matters.  Previous to this work, Tracy handled criminal […]

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Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Market One Step Closer to Reality

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Hunter

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved a ballot question legalizing possession and use of marijuana by persons 21 and older, and allowing commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana, subject to state and local regulation.  Almost two years later, however, Maine still has no legal market for adult use marijuana. As summer 2018, however, Maine’s […]

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Third-party Contract Beneficiaries

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Christopher B. Hatch

Frequently, an individual or entity not a party to a specific contract may be affected by a breach to that contract.  For example, a municipality may contract with a landscaper to periodically remove brush and other shrubbery encroaching on a road.  A homeowner uphill from that road gains a benefit from this contract as it […]

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