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Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses

In late December, Congress passed the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act (Economic Aid Act), which provides $284 billion in new funding for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans and makes significant changes to the PPP loan forgiveness process, including a streamlined forgiveness process for loans of up to $150,000. Here are …

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The Penobscot County Bar Association’s 2021 Law Day Contest

The Penobscot County Bar Association is now accepting essays and artwork from high schoolers in Penobscot County on the topic of ADVANCING THE RULE OF LAW NOW. First-place winners in each category will win a $500 cash prize, and second place winners will win a $250 cash prize! The Penobscot County Bar Association presents 2021 …

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DOL Issues Information About Certain Workplace Posting Requirements

We have previously talked about various posting requirements for Maine employers.  These include posters that meet DOL requirements, as well as those required by other federal and state laws.  There are specific requirements for postings in terms of where they are found, how they are disseminated, and who has to have access to them.  This …

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No Extension of FFCRA Leave into 2021, Sort of

As you know, the FFCRA provided qualifying employees with two different forms of leave.  The first was paid sick leave in two different categories: 1) up to 80 hours of paid sick leave at the employee’s regular rate where an employee is unable to work because of quarantine and/or the employee is experiencing COVID-related symptoms …

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COVID Vaccinations and the Workplace

The recent approval of a vaccine brings hope, but also raises a lot of questions for employers including whether the vaccinations can be mandatory and what ramifications could result from making it mandatory.  Some (but not all) of the important issues include workplace safety/OSHA obligations, workers’ compensation, and disability and religious accommodation.   The following is …

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Municipal Regulation of Solar Power in Maine

As my colleague wrote in a recent blog article called Maine Landowner’s Guide to Solar Leases [eric: link], recent legislative developments incentivizing solar energy in Maine has led to a “land rush” of out-of-state solar developers seeking to obtain interests in land from Maine land owners for potential solar development.  With any rush for development, …

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To Party or Not to Party: CDC Guidelines on Holiday Gatherings in a Time of COVID

11/5/20 This is typically the time when businesses begin to plan for their holiday celebration for employees. Before COVID, most such celebrations took the form of an office get-together, whether at the business, a restaurant/bar, or somewhere similar.  Things will have to be different this year.  While a holiday celebration may certainly help with employee …

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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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