Category: Attorney Blog

Divorce and Coronavirus: What you need to know during a global pandemic

Some of you may have been considering filing for divorce prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Others may have been nudged in that direction after an extended stay-at-home order was issued.  Regardless of how you got there, you all may be wondering whether or not you can still get divorced right now and what impact the …

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What is Long-Term Care?   And Why Should We Plan for It?

I am often asked why we should worry about planning for long term care. It is a good question, but I think before we can talk about the why we should talk about the what: What is long term care? We hear that phrase all over the place, so what does it actually mean? Long …

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Another Round of COVID-Related Employment Law Updates – Caregivers

April 22, 2020 Employment leaves for caregivers and persons affected by extreme public health emergency There is a Maine law which may apply to employees who need leave related to COVID, particularly where the new paid leave provisions may not apply.  This section requires an employer to grant “reasonable and necessary leave” from work, with …

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Another Round of COVID-Related Employment Law Updates – Minors

April 22, 2020 In addition to all of the employment-related COVID issues that receive a lot of press,  there are also some lesser known issues that have to be considered.  A few are described here and we will continue to bring similar issues to your attention. Employment of Minors The Maine DOL has reminded us …

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OSHA Issues New Recordkeeping Requirements for COVID Situations

April 13, 2020 Under OSHA’s general recordkeeping requirements, COVID-19 is a recordable illness and employers are responsible for recording cases of COVID-19, if the case: • Is confirmed as a COVID-19 illness; • Is work-related as defined by the regulations; and • Involves one or more of the general recording criteria in the regulations, such …

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Summary

April 2, 2020 With many businesses struggling during the COVID19 pandemic, we wanted to highlight one of the major components of the CARES Act that was recently passed by the federal government; namely, the Paycheck Protection Program. This program is found in Title I – Keeping American Workers Paid and Employed Act, and it is …

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Guidance from DOL to Interpret FFCRA: Intermittent Leave

March 31, 2020 This is the second installment of reporting on the DOL’s Questions and Answers interpreting the FFCRA, which we are addressing in increments. The question for today is whether the FFCRA allows for intermittent leave time. As a preliminary matter, paid sick leave for qualifying reasons related to COVID-19 must be taken in …

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Guidance from DOL to Interpret FFCRA: Small Business Exemption

March 30, 2020 The DOL has issued guidance in the format of questions and answers regarding several provisions of the FFCRA. We are going to talk about these in increments. The first issue is when the small business exemption applies to exclude a small business from the provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act …

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Telecommuting – A Necessary Option But Be Aware of Certain Legal Issues

March 27, 2020 There is no question that telecommuting has become a necessary, and in many cases, the only option for employers to keep their workforce going. In doing so, I want to remind employers of some legal considerations. The Practicalities Ordinarily, I would first raise some practical considerations, such as whether the nature of …

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