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Client Advisories


Featured Article:
October 30, 2020

On January 1, 2021, Maine becomes the first state in the nation to mandate that employers provide their employees with general-purpose paid time off. After over a year of rulemaking and review, the Maine Department of Labor has issued regulations interpreting the new statute.

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Featured Article:
August 4, 2020

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing in some states due to each Governor managing the public health crisis in his or her own way.  New England states currently have lower positivity rates than many others and Governor Charlie Baker wants to keep it that way in Massachusetts.

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Featured Article:
June 29, 2020

On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a long-anticipated ruling that sexual orientation and gender identity fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964’s sexual discrimination protections and thus, it is unlawful for employers to discriminate against employees for being homosexual or transgender.

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Featured Article:
June 8, 2020

On June 4, 2020, Congress passed a much anticipated amendment to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”).  Importantly, the PPP Flexibility Act relaxes a number of the requirements making it easier for employers to qualify for loan forgiveness.

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Featured Article:
May 21, 2020

On May 19, 2020, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) altered its policy regarding an employer’s obligation to record cases of COVID-19 in the workplace.  Previously, OSHA required only employers in the healthcare/emergency responder/correctional institution fields to record positive cases of the Coronavirus and to determine if the case was work related.

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Featured Article:
May 19, 2020

The Small Business Administration just released its Instructions and Application for Loan Forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program.  The application and instructions provide some overdue guidance for employer borrowers hoping to have all or a portion of their PPP loans forgiven.

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Featured Article:
April 27, 2020

Once again, the EEOC updated its question and answer series on how federal antidiscrimination laws impact workplace issues arising during the COVID-19 pandemic; this time addressing whether employers can test workers for coronavirus infection before they enter (or re-enter) the workplace.

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Featured Article:
April 20, 2020

This message is not our typical advice about emerging labor and employment law issues.  Instead I write to remind you of the challenges that our courts are facing and for those interested in looking at the legal issues, some of which impact our non-work lives.  Below I am including a link to a program aired this week by the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada, where I have the honor to chair the Board of Trustees.

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Featured Article:
April 10, 2020

The Department of Labor is catching up to the flurry of emergency legislation that has come out of Washington and has issued additional guidance on expanded family medical leave requirements created by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFRCA”).  In an effort to clarify some of the confusion surrounding this emergency legislation, we have provided answers to some of the common questions.

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Featured Article:
April 8, 2020

Effective February 6, 2020, New York has reduced the amount of time striking workers must wait before they are eligible to receive unemployment benefits.  While New York is one of only a handful of states to allow strikers to receive unemployment benefits, the seven-week waiting period that has applied until now has served as a deterrent to strikes.

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