Category: Attorney Blog

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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CDC Issues Guidance on Dealing with Workplace Violence Associated with COVID-19

The CDC issued guidance on August 24, 2020, specific to handling violent situations in retail, services, and other customer-based business settings. The stated purpose of the guidance is to “offer strategies to limit violence towards workers that may occur when businesses put in place policies and practices to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 among …

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COVID-19 and Evictions

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a crippling impact on small businesses in the State of Maine. Since most small businesses are lean with tight margins, to begin with, it doesn’t take much to disrupt normal day-to-day operations and to feel the impact – especially on their bank accounts. One of those small businesses …

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Maine Landowner’s Guide to Solar Leases

The 2019 Maine legislative session lead to the creation of several laws incentivizing the growth of solar energy in Maine. These new laws have created a so-called “land rush” from out of state solar developers seeking to obtain interests in land from Maine landowners for potential solar development.  Typically, these interests come in the form …

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