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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.

“Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct,” a chapter in MCLE’s Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts

Scott Connolly , partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021). The book is published by MCLE and is an essential resource for Massachusetts employers, employment...
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COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: Top 4 Legal Concerns

There are many unresolved legal questions to consider when it comes to COVID vaccination employee policies. Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MP’s HR consulting team have compiled key advice for reducing legal risk when it comes to COVID vaccination. To learn about four major areas of legal...
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The COVID Vaccine: HR Policy Development Playbook

In March 2021, we worked with MP HR & Payroll Solutions who created an eBook as a resource for employers, "The COVID Vaccine: HR Policy Development Playbook," that assists employers on what to do about the COVID-19 vaccine and employees begin to return to work. The guide covers vaccination...
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NLRB General Counsel Says “Rat’s It”: Scabby the Rat Here to Stay

Who is Scabby? Scabby is an inflatable rat, sometimes installed by unions at protests and on picket lines. Scabby has been around since the late 1980s and is a well-known symbol to passersby of an ongoing labor dispute. At the beginning of February, the General Counsel of the National...
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Are You Paying Attention to your Classifications?

DOL Scraps Trump-era Interpretative Letters and 60,000 U.K. Uber Drivers Entitled to Worker Benefits It has been a big day for changes on the worker classification front. In the last 24 hours, Britain’s highest court found that Uber drivers are entitled to minimum wage and overtime and the U.S...
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This Week's Show: Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards

On Saturday, February 13, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Colleen McCracken Strategic Business Advisor of Everything Owners Need to Know About Boards , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Colleen discuss everything owners need to know about boards. Colleen McCracken...
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This Week's Show: Why Location Matters in DEI Initiatives

On Saturday, February 6, Tawny interviewed James Dinkle, Executive Director of Kennebec Regional Development Authority, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Tawny and Jim discuss why location matters in DEI initiatives. Jim Dinkle is the Executive Director of the Kennebec Regional Development Authority in Oakland...
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This Week's Show: Reset, Refuel, Renew

On Saturday, January 30, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Coleen Greco, Joyologist and Founder of Reset Refuel Renew , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Coleen discuss her coaching practice that develops health and well-being programs for both corporations and...
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This Week's Show: Maintaining Mental Health at Work

On Saturday, November 21, Tawny interviewed Lindy Graham, LCSW and Founder of Wellspace Maine, and Celine Frueh, Human Resources Director of Allagash Brewing Co., for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Lindy, Celine, and Tawny discuss maintaining mental health for your employees, especially during this time...
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This Week's Show: COVID 19 and Workers’ Compensation

On Saturday, January 16, Tawny interviewed Elizabeth Smith, Counsel in Verrill's Employment and Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Beth and Tawny discuss what COVID-19 means for workers' compensation Beth has litigated numerous employment and labor law matters in the course of her...
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This Week's Show: Helping Employees Meet New Year’s Resolutions

On Saturday, January 9, Tawny interviewed Shelby Turcotte, Author and Personal Trainer of Shelby Trained, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Shelby and Tawny discuss how employees can meet New Year's resolutions. Shelby is an author, performance consultant, and owner of Shelby Trained – a...
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FFCRA Leave Extended In New COVID-19 Relief

Congress’s 5593-page Consolidated Appropriations Act, passed by the Senate on December 21, 2020, and signed by the President last night (December 27, 2020), includes an extension of employer tax credits for leave provided under the Families First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA), first instituted in March 2020. Specifically, employers should be...
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What Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Mean for My Business?

With the first inoculations of the COVID-19 vaccine making headlines over the past few weeks, employers are starting to plan for the impact this will have on their businesses. The development of a vaccine inspires hope that a return to normalcy (and for some workers – a return to...
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DOT Service Animal Final Rule: No More Service Snakes on Planes

Those dreaming of taking to the skies next year with scaled, feathered, or furry friends may want to take a look at the recent DOT Service Animal Final Rule before making travel plans. In an employment setting, there is no federal law that specifically restricts the type of service...
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This Week's Show: Maine Election Results’ Impact on Business

On Saturday, November 21, Tawny interviewed Mike Saxl, Counsel at Verrill and Managing Principal of Maine Street Solutions, and Robert Reynolds, Government Relations Specialist of Maine Street Solutions, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Mike, Robert, and Tawny discuss Maine's election results and its impact...
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NWCDN Workers' Compensation in a Post-COVID World

Join the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network (NWCDN) and the WorkersCompensation.com Center for Education Excellence for a live virtual seminar on November 12, starting at 10:00AM E.S.T. This year, due to COVID-19 concerns, the organization has partnered with WorkersCompensation.com to bring you two virtual stages, offering panels that will...
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This Week's Show: Real Small Business Lessons From 2020

On Saturday, November 7, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Rob and Nadra Edgerley, Owners of Nadra Photography; Maine Life Real Estate; and Dale Carnegie Training , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David, Nadra and Rob discuss small business lessons from 2020...
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Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement: Affinity Groups at Work (Part 7 of 12)

This is the seventh 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 creating effective affinity groups to assist in attracting applicants and maintaining productive employees. An affinity group is an...
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Does Your Business Have New Tax Obligations Because of a Work-From-Home Policy?

This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upheaval to nearly every aspect of our lives, both personally and professionally. Virtually every sector of our society has been impacted. In response, companies were forced to quickly adapt or face near-certain failure as government mandated “stay-at-home” orders impacted millions of “non-essential&rdquo...
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This Week's Show: Employment Law and Elections

On Saturday, October 31, Tawny interviewed Liz Johnston, Associate in Verrill's Employment & Labor Group, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Liz and Tawny discuss employment law and how it applies to the upcoming election. A regular contributor to Verrill’s Taking Care of HR Business...
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This Week's Show: Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

On Saturday, October 17, 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 combating race and sex stereotyping. Ben learned firsthand that the best product in the world means nothing unless you have...
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Getting Ready for Election Day: Employee Voting

Election Day is right around the corner. While many employees may choose to vote by mail, chances are you may have employees requesting time away from the workplace (or a remote work set-up) to vote in person. Now is a better time than ever to brush up on employers&rsquo...
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Flu Season is Coming, but Can I Require My Employees to Vaccinate?

As flu season approaches, employers are searching for answers on how to deal with viruses spreading throughout the workplace. The question is, “Can I mandate employees receive the flu vaccine?” Are there standards in place? How does COVID-19 come into play? Some concerns to be mindful of and risks...
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This Week's Show: Personal Branding and Staying Relevant During COVID-19

On Saturday, October 3, Tawny interviewed Nancy Marshall, Founder and CEO of The PR Maven, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Nancy and Tawny discuss personal branding and staying relevant during COVID-19 . In 1991, Nancy Marshall Communications (now Marshall Communications) was born, a life-changing...
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This Week's Show: 75+ Team Building Activities for Remote Teams

On Saturday, September 26, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Christopher Littlefield, TedX Speaker and Founder of Beyond Thank You , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Christopher discuss over 75 team building activities for remote teams. As an expert in...
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This Week's Show: Why Diversity and Inclusion Programs Fail

On Saturday, September 19, Tawny interviewed Asker Saeed, Principal of Saeed Consulting LLC, for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, Asker and Tawny discuss why diversity and inclusion programs fail . Asker A. Saeed is Principal of Saeed Consulting LLC, a full-service consulting firm for law...
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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 responsibilities accompanying 26 MRSA § 637. The statute itself provides that “An employer that employs...
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This Week's Show: Purposeful Leadership

On Saturday, September 12, David Ciullo, co-host of HR Power Hour, interviewed Jennifer McCollum, CEO of Linkage, Inc. , for this segment of HR Power Hour. For this episode, David and Jennifer discuss purposeful leadership and purposeful linkage. Jennifer has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in...
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Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

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2021 Employment Law Annual Update Series: Part Five

Join us for the fourth part of our 2021 Employment Law Annual Update! The virtual series will continue through the year on the third Thursday of each month . This year, we are taking...

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The COVID Vaccine: HR Policy Development Playbook

In March 2021, we worked with MP HR & Payroll Solutions who created an eBook as a resource for employers, "The COVID Vaccine: HR Policy Development Playbook," that assists employers on what to do...

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“Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct,” a chapter in MCLE’s Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts

Scott Connolly , partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021...

Blog

COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: Top 4 Legal Concerns

There are many unresolved legal questions to consider when it comes to COVID vaccination employee policies. Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez and MP’s HR consulting team have compiled key advice for reducing legal...

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Maine Employers Navigate Office Reopening Concerns

On April 4, Portland Press Herald published an article, "Maine Employers Navigate Complexities of Office Reopening." The article discusses how the process of employees returning to their companies' offices is full of legal, ethical...

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Employers Required to Give Free COBRA Coverage to be Offset by Medicare Tax Credits

Among other things, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), signed into law on March 11, 2021, provides “assistance eligible individuals” (“AEIs”) who lose their health insurance coverage under an employer’s group health...

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Verrill Welcomes Labor and Employment Attorney Emily Coombs

(January 13, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome attorney Emily Coombs to the firm as a member of the Employment & Labor Group, resident in the firm’s Portland, Maine office. Coombs draws on...

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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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Discrimination Defense

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

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