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Client Advisories


Featured Article:
October 11, 2021

Maine state law (26 M.R.S.A. §664) requires the Maine Department of Labor to increase the state minimum wage on an annual basis, based upon increases, if any, in the cost of living.

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Featured Article:
August 10, 2021

This summer, Governor Janet Mills signed LD 1167, “An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment,” adding Maine to the list of states that regulate the use of criminal background checks in hiring.

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Featured Article:
June 10, 2021

Employers across the nation, concerned for the safety of their workers, customers and clients, are assessing the best way to get their employees fully vaccinated.  Some are contemplating offering incentives to encourage employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as a way to avoid the potentially problematic alternative of requiring employees to be vaccinated.

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Featured Article:
May 17, 2021

The Maine Legislature could vote as early as next Wednesday on a bill to end at will employment in Maine.  The Committee on Labor and Housing voted it out of committee by a 7-3 vote.  Our hope is that the Legislature will reject this ill-conceived and poorly drafted legislation or, if the Legislature does not, that Governor Mills will veto the bill.

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Featured Article:
May 4, 2021

When our country elected Joe Biden as President, he made it clear that changes at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would be swift and that he would deliberately advance his pro-worker agenda.

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Featured Article:
March 23, 2021

One of the provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act that is not getting many headlines is the expansion of tax credits for the employers who voluntarily offer the paid sick leave and/or expanded paid family medical leave previously required under FFCRA.

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Featured Article:
January 8, 2021

The Bennett Law Firm announces with pleasure that Pawel Binczyk has joined the firm as an associate attorney in its Portland office.

Pawel graduated from Amherst College, earning a B.A., cum laude, in English.  Thereafter, he attended The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law where he earned his J.D., cum laude, served on the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy as well as the National Trial Team, and was a recipient of the Michael F. Curtin Pro Bono Award.

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Featured Article:
December 29, 2020

Pfizer and Moderna are distributing their vaccines for COVID-19 for front line workers and high-risk individuals, creating feelings of increased optimism for 2021.  However, perhaps due to the quick development of the vaccines, a significant percentage of the population continues to express doubt about getting inoculated.

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Featured Article:
December 23, 2020

In our last E-Alert, we reminded you that, absent any last-minute action by Congress, the mandated paid sick leave and expanded paid FMLA were both scheduled to expire on December 31, 2020.  With that expiration the tax credits available to employers to cover the cost of the mandated paid leave would also lapse.

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Featured Article:
December 21, 2020

Congress worked through the weekend to finalize additional COVID-19 relief legislation.  Although not yet final at the time of writing, all reports indicate that the new bill does not extend the Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave expansion (EFML) for parents, both of which Congress passed as part of the FFCRA in March.

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