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Human resource professionals, supervisors, and company executives alike face a constantly changing and evolving legal landscape. Verrill's Taking Care of HR Business blog is here to keep you up to date on the newest and most important legal developments for employers.

Action Item & FAQ: New Maine Paid Leave Rules Address Business Concerns

On January 1, 2021, LD 369, An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave takes effect for Maine employers. Passed by the Legislature in 2019, Maine employers have been patiently waiting for clarification as to the responsibilities accompanying 26 MRSA § 637. The statute itself provides that “An employer that employs...
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This Week's Show: Small Acts of Leadership

On Saturday, August 22, Tawny interviewed G. Shawn Hunter, President and Founder of Mindscaling, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Shawn and Tawny discuss his new book, Small Acts of Leadership: 12 Intentional Behaviors That Lead to Big Impact. Shawn is a dynamic, practical, entertaining...
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This Week's Show: Virtual Selling – Building Relationships Online

On Saturday, August 15, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Rick Gallegos, President & CEO of Dale Carnegie Tampa Bay , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Rick discuss virtual selling and building relationships online. Rick is a specialist in developing...
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This Week's Show: Cause Marketing and Employee Engagement

On Saturday, August 8, Tawny interviewed Rob Laplaca, Partner in Verrill's Litigation & Trial group and Chair of the Promotions group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Rob and Tawny discuss cause marketing and employee engagement. Rob practices in two primary areas: promotion law and...
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This Week's Show: Beyond Stadium Status

On Saturday, July 18, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed John Brubaker, speaker and award-winning author of Stadium Status, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and John discuss his book on what every large corporation, small business, CEO, and entrepreneur should strive...
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Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement: Third-Party Intervention Training

This is the fifth post in a 12-part series on how companies can show support for the Black Lives Matter movement by changing company policies and practices. This post focuses on the importance of third-party intervention training for employees and managers so that they have tools and resources to...
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This Week's Show: Title VII Protects Sexual Orientation

On Saturday, July 11, Tawny interviewed Benjamin Ford, Partner in Verrill's Employment & Labor group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Ben and Tawny discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision, specifically how Title VII protects sexual orientation. Ben learned firsthand that the best product...
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This Week's Show: Mental Resiliency in the Workplace

On Saturday, June 27, Tawny interviewed Kate Simpson, Co-author and Developer of Take Two: A Journal of New Beginnings , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Kate and Tawny discuss building resilience at work, specifically how the Take Two journal came about and how it...
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This Week's Show: Become - The 5 Commitments of Purposeful Leadership

On Saturday, June 20, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Mark Hannum, Chief Research Officer of Linkage, Inc. and Author of Become: The 5 Commitments of Purposeful Leadership , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Mark discuss his book on successful...
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This Week's Show: Mass Biotech Boom

On Saturday, June 6, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Kevin O'Brien, CFP, Founder and President of Peak Financial Services and Author of Massachusetts Biotech Boom, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Kevin discuss his new book, Massachusetts Biotech Boom, about...
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This Week's Show: Overcoming Intercultural Issues in the Workplace

On Saturday, May 16, Tawny interviewed Liz Greason, Co-Owner of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants, LLC, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Liz and Tawny discuss overcoming intercultural issues in the workplace. She lived in the Middle East for many years, where she taught students from...
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This Week's Show: Trusting Technology

On Saturday, May 23, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Graham Binks, Author of Trusting Technology, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Graham discuss his book, Trusting Technology, about adjusting to new ways of life and work and how technology provides...
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This Week's Show: Learning From Your Failures

On Saturday, June 13, Tawny interviewed Robert Baldacci, MPA of Baldacci Consulting, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Robert and Tawny discuss his history and learning from failures. Bob brings a successful 30 year career in real estate, development and corporate finance. He has held...
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What will COVID-19 Liability Litigation Look Like for Consumer Facing Businesses?

The short answer is, no one knows right now because the issues arising from COVID-19 are extraordinarily rare and distinguishable from more typical claims against retail, restaurants, and similar consumer facing businesses. For example, when a patron experiences a slip and fall accident , food poisoning , a hot...
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This Week's Show: Don't Forget General Obligations When Focusing On COVID-19

On Saturday, May 9, Tawny interviewed Elizabeth Johnston, Associate in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Liz and Tawny discuss the importance of not forgetting employers' general obligations in the midst of COVID-19. A regular contributor to Verrill’s Taking Care...
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This Week's Show: Visual Leadership

On Saturday, March 28, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Todd Cherches, CEO and Co-founder of BigBlueGumball, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Todd discuss Todd's new book about visual leadership. Todd is also a three-time award-winning Adjunct Professor of leadership...
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This Week's Show: Opportunity Under COVID-19

On Saturday, April 25, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Chris Cynkar, Franchise Consultant of FranChoice, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Chris discuss job opportunities and options during COVID-19. Chris Cynkar knows the challenges of finding the perfect business opportunity...
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Can I Require Employees to be Tested for COVID-19 Before Entering the Workplace?

Yesterday, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published guidance in response to this question and the agency’s answer was yes—“an employer may choose to administer COVID-19 testing to employees before they enter the workplace to determine if they have the virus.” (See Q. A.6). The EEOC noted that under...
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The NWCDN’s COVID-19 Benefits Survey: A State By State Analysis

The National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN), a nationwide and Canadian network of law firms, has published COVID-19 updates, including “COVID-19 Benefits Survey,” a state by state analysis of the pandemic layoffs and affects on benefits as of April 13, 2020. Beth Smith , a member of the NWCDN...
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This Week's Show: Intellectual Property for HR Professionals

On Saturday, April 18, Tawny interviewed Kelly Donahue, Partner in Verrill's Intellectual Property Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Kelly and Tawny discuss intellectual property for HR professionals, including delving into trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents. Kelly assists small and large businesses in...
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This Week's Show: The FFCRA and CARES Act

On Saturday, April 4, Tawny interviewed Benjamin Ford, Partner in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Ben and Tawny discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic based on information currently available. Topics covered include recent CARES Act and FFCRA...
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This Week's Show: Training, Development, and Humanizing Recruiting

On Saturday, March 28, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Saïd Eastman, CEO and General Manager of JobsinME, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Saïd discuss training and development, a key driver to employer retention and engagement. Founded in Maine, JobsInME...
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Firm Highlights

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Discrimination Defense

We successfully defended a large aviation ground handling service company against claims of violation of the ADA and the FMLA—garnering summary judgment in their favor.

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As the Economy Reopens, Businesses Must be Aware of Possible Lawsuits

On May 11, the Bangor Daily News published an article, "Lawsuits may be next battleground for businesses as pandemic economy reopens," where legal experts give insight on the lawsuits to come as businesses begin...

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School is Back in Session, But Are Employees? Navigating the FFCRA in the Midst of Schools Reopening

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Employee Non-Competition and Non-Solicitation Restrictions: Traps for the Unwary

On Tuesday, October 6, employment and labor attorneys Tawny Alvarez and Scott Connolly will be presenting with The Middlesex Corporation Vice President and General Counsel Joshua Wernig for Verrill and ACC Northeast's program, Employee...

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Webinar Materials: Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment

On May 28, Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez and MassPay's Paul Carelis presented "Avoiding Risk & Litigation in the COVID-19 Work Environment" and discussed unknowns and liabilities for businesses when returning to work begins. Our...

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Action Item & FAQ: New Maine Paid Leave Rules Address Business Concerns

On January 1, 2021, LD 369, An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave takes effect for Maine employers. Passed by the Legislature in 2019, Maine employers have been patiently waiting for clarification as to the...

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This Week's Show: Small Acts of Leadership

On Saturday, August 22, Tawny interviewed G. Shawn Hunter, President and Founder of Mindscaling, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Shawn and Tawny discuss his new book, Small Acts of...

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Should You Adjust Your Plans Based on the New PPP Forgiveness Guidance?

Your inbox is likely flooded with news about the forgiveness guidance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) that came in the form of instructions on how to fill out the application. These instructions provided...

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Nearly 80 Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Best Lawyers® 2021, Including a Dozen Named Lawyers of the Year

(August 24, 2020) – Nearly 80 Verrill attorneys were recognized as "Best Lawyers" by Best Lawyers® 2021 , including 12 attorneys named “Lawyer of the Year,” a distinguished recognition for only a single lawyer...

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Discrimination Defense

We successfully defended a regional hotel chain against administrative claims of ADA and MHRA disability discrimination.