Category: Attorney Blog

Covid-19 Legislation

March 24, 2020 Over the past days, federal and state legislatures have enacted new laws in an effort to help employees and businesses during the coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic.   Because the information surrounding the governmental response to the pandemic has been constantly changing and updated, many employees and employers have been left wondering: “How does …

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New I-9 Guidance During COVID-19 Pandemic

March 24, 2020 The Department of Homeland Security issued some changes to the way in which I-9 forms need to be completed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the need for many employers and employees to work remotely, the Department is permitting employers to inspect Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, Section 2 documents remotely (video link, …

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Your Employment Questions Answered

This information is accurate as of March 20, 2020, and is subject to change based on any new legislation. Maine Unemployment: Who does it apply to: all eligible employees – size of employer does not matter. When does it apply: 1. Employee  is temporarily laid off due to a partial or full closure of Employer …

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How Do the New Leave Laws Apply to Your Business

March 20, 2020 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, HR 6201, was signed into law last night by the President. There are two components to the law. The following is a summary of both sections of the law. We will continue to provide updates as they become available. The Public Health Emergency ‎Leave Law This …

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HR 6201 Creates new FMLA Entitlement and Paid Leave for Employees

March 19, 2020 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, HR 6201, was signed into law last night by the President.  There are two components to the law.  The following is a summary of both sections of the law.  We will continue to provide updates as they become available. The Public Health Emergency ‎Leave Law This …

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New U.S. House Legislation Related to Coronavirus

March 18, 2020 This is an update about the recent legislation passed by the US House of Representatives, H.R. 6201, “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” which would have several different impacts on employers.  Please note that this is just the House legislation and has not yet been acted on by the Senate, which may change …

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“COVID-19: What Nobody Is Talking About”

March 17, 2020 What if I catch COVID-19? What if I am so sick that I can’t pay my bills or make medical decisions for myself? My family doesn’t know how to take care of me – what do I do? I am sure, if you are watching the news, you are seeing the daily …

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Ensuring a “Healthy Workplace” for 2020

By Anne-Marie L. Storey, Esq. There are many ways to interpret “workplace health”.   The first is to ensure that basic policies, training, education, etc. are in place and working effectively.   This may include the need for an audit of the workplace, including the handbook and postings.   Each new year is a good time to review …

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How Do I Get A Federal Trademark Registration

A federal trademark registration does not create trademark rights, but it does expand them.  In fact, this expansion of existing rights is quite valuable.  So how do you register your trademark? The first thing is to determine whether your trademark even qualifies for registration.  A trademark must distinguish the goods or services of the applicant …

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Reminder of Overtime Changes as of January 1

As of January 1, Maine’s minimum wage will increase from $11 to $12/hour.  That means the state minimum salary for exemption from overtime eligibility will increase from $33,000 to $36,000 per year, which translates to a minimum salary of $692.31 per week.   This is the amount employees in Maine will have to be paid to …

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