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Client Advisories


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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Featured Article:
March 30, 2020

As was widely reported, today the President will sign the CARES Act.  This unprecedented economic relief act provides help for individuals and businesses on a number of fronts, including emergency lending for businesses, which is the focus of this update.

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Featured Article:
March 27, 2020

As part of the $2 trillion pandemic stimulus Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) expected to be passed and signed in to law today, there are loan opportunities for “mid-sized” businesses and not for profit organizations with between 500 and 10,000 employees.

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Featured Article:
March 26, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act creates paid sick leave and paid family medical leave for private sector employers of less than 500 employees for qualifying events.  We are updating our previous guidance about these laws to bring you the most current information as the federal agencies involved in implementation issue their own guidance.

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Featured Article:
March 24, 2020

We provided updates throughout the week regarding the key elements of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act signed into law on March 18, 2020.  Although the effective date of the law is April 2, 2020, the law authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to allow earlier access to the tax credits.

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Featured Article:
March 19, 2020

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act has been enacted and signed into law and will be effective no later than April 2, 2020.  Congress failed to explain what “no later than” means in this context, though the Secretary of the Treasury is authorized to select the date on which the tax credits shall begin.  This is an updated e-alert from the one we issued last night.

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Featured Article:

Effective March 18, 2020, at 6:00 pm, Maine Governor Mills took further steps to respond to COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Maine people.  While all restaurants and bars remain closed to dine-in service until March 31, 2020, on-premise licensees, such as restaurants and bars among others, who offer carry-out, delivery, and/or drive thru food service are temporarily permitted to also sell and deliver beer and wine in the original manufacturers’ sealed containers.

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Featured Article:
March 16, 2020

Late Friday night, the United States House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  The Senate is expected to take up this legislation on Monday.

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