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Recent DOL Opinion Letters Provide Guidance on Wage and Hour Issues

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (the “WHD”) issued three new opinion letters under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”), Op. Letters FLSA2019-7, -8, and -9, each dated July 1, 2019.  Each Opinion Letter is heavily dependent on the very specific facts presented for consideration in it, and two …

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Maine Enacts New Law Regarding Noncompetition Agreements

On June 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed L.D. 733, entitled “An Act to Promote Keeping Workers in Maine” (the “Act”) into law.  The Act will impose some significant new restrictions on noncompetition agreements in Maine. Which types of agreements are subject to the Act? As a threshold matter, the Act defines a noncompetition agreement as …

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More New Employment-Related Legislation: Pregnancy and Noncompete Agreements

As an update to the Lunch and Learn last week, two additional pieces of legislation have been enacted. The first, LD 666:  An Act to Protect Pregnant Workers, amends the Maine Human Rights Act to add a section requiring accommodation for pregnancy-related conditions, which is defined as a “known limitation of an employee’s ability to …

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What is a Motion to Suppress Evidence?

Prior to February, when we heard the name Robert Kraft, we pictured those six Super Bowl rings. Our minds ticked through all of the New England Patriots’ successes. More recently, the media has focused on Kraft’s significant success in the courtroom. In February 2019, Robert Kraft was charged with a misdemeanor of soliciting prostitution in Jupiter, …

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When a Family Member Dies Without Assets

My Uncle Spike had two claims to fame: He was a nationally recognized ghost hunter, and he was the Yukon Cornelius of the Penobscot River, prospecting for gold and regaling the locals and passers-through with his tales of adventure and fortune. (I am not making this up.) A millionaire, however, he was not. Bless his …

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Which Type of Business Entity is Best for me? Part Two

In the first entry of this two part blog series, we discussed four questions to ask yourself when deciding what business entity to choose. In part two, we go into detail about LLCs, Corporations, and tax considerations for each. Limited Liability Company (LLC) or Corporation The main reason to form an LLC or corporation is …

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Your Appeals Questions, Answered Part III

The trial court has entered judgment in your case.  Now what? This series of articles will examine some common questions on appeals to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court, also known as the Law Court, in civil cases. How Long Will the Appeal Process Take? This is one of the most freqåuently asked questions about appeals, and …

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Your Appeals Questions, Answered Part II

The trial court has entered judgment in your case. Now what? This series of articles will examine some common questions on appeals to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (or Law Court) in civil cases. How Much Time do I Have to File an Appeal? An appeal must be filed within 21 days after the entry of …

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What Questions Should I ask a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Through no fault of your own, you find yourself in what can be unfamiliar territory – an attorney’s conference room. You’ve recently been involved in an accident where you were injured, and now the medical bills and other insurance paperwork are piling up. Before you sits a personal injury lawyer who begins guiding you through …

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Rudman Winchell is delighted to announce a new attorney.

Rudman Winchell is pleased to announce that Michael A. Hockenbury, Esq., has joined the firm and will practice within the Corporate and Business Practices group.  Prior to joining Rudman Winchell, Mike practiced with a litigation firm in Bangor where he focused his practice on various criminal, civil, probate, and corporate matters. Mike has also worked …

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