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The CDC Has Issued a Revised Definition of “Close Contact”

On October 21, 2020, the CDC issued an updated definition of the type of “close contact” sufficient for potential transmission of COVID-19.  The term “close contact” was previously defined by the CDA as a contact within 6 feet for 15 consecutive minutes or more.   With the update, though, the CDC has amended that definition to mean …

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OSHA Has Issued a New Guidance Addressing Reporting of COVID-19 Cases

On October 1, 2020, OSHA issued a new guidance that addresses the circumstances under which cases of a COVID-related hospital admission or a fatality must be reported to the OSHA. The new guidance for cases resulting in a hospital admission uses the following language: Under 29 CFR 1904.39(b)(6), employers are only required to report in-patient hospitalizations …

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Voting and Employment Issues in Maine

With the upcoming election, employers may be faced with requests for time off to vote.  Whether to allow such time off is entirely within the employer’s discretion; Maine law does not require an employer to provide an employee with paid or unpaid time off for the purpose of voting.   An employer may also enforce rules …

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Maine Minimum Wage Increases Effective January 1, 2021

The Maine Department of Labor recently announced that the state minimum wage will increase from $12 to $12.15 per hour as of January 1, 2021.  The increase is based on the Maine law passed several years ago that provides that annual adjustments to minimum wage as of 2021 are to be based on the cost …

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Appealing a Court Decision: What Not to Do

Many civil disputes are settled, sometimes before a suit is even filed.  Of those cases where a lawsuit is filed and a court decision is made, only a fraction will be appealed.  This means that even sophisticated litigants and seasoned trial lawyers may have comparatively little experience in the appellate setting.  Before filing an appeal, …

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Important Caregiver Leave Law Update

This is an update to the email blast we provided last week reminding employers that Maine’s Employment Leave for Caregivers and Persons Affected by Extreme Public Health Emergency law will likely apply to pandemic related issues. One question that came from that is whether and how that law applies to parents whose children are either …

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RUDMAN WINCHELL ATTORNEYS RECOGNIZED AS “ONES TO WATCH” BEST LAWYERS ® FOR 2021

Bangor, Maine, August 26, 2020: Two attorneys from Rudman Winchell have been recognized in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. Best Lawyers utilizes the consensus of leading community lawyers regarding the professional abilities of their colleagues. Thus, the recognition Rudman Winchell received is based entirely on peer-review feedback. Joshua A. Randlett, a …

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