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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.

HR Power Hour with Jeremy Vesta

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Jeremy Vesta. This episode discuses addressing the hidden cost of insurance. James is Chief Financial Officer of Curally where he uses his expertise as an economist and his extensive business leadership background to...
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HR Power Hour with Carla Fowler

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Carla Fowler, MD PhD. This episode discusses the top five fallacies of goal obtainment. Carla founded THAXA out of a passion for performance science, where the fields of strategy, productivity, and psychology intersect...
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HR Power Hour with Peter Gore

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Senior Government Relations Specialist Peter Gore . This episode discusses Maine’s paid FMLA program which the Maine legislature passed in 2023 which many have referred to as the broadest paid family medical leave...
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Portland, ME Employers: Emergency Minimum Wage Ends at 12:15 p.m.

On January 11, 2024, at 12:15 p.m., Governor Janet Mills declared a state of emergency in Cumberland County as a result of the severe storm earlier in the week. The state of emergency will expire January 18, 2024, at 12:15. As Portland, Maine employers may recall, when the State...
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Portland, Maine Employers: Emergency Minimum Wage

Yesterday, January 11, 2023, at 12:15 p.m., Governor Janet Mills declared a state of emergency in Cumberland County as a result of the severe storm earlier in the week. As Portland, Maine employers may recall, when the State issues a state of emergency, it triggers the emergency minimum wage...
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HR Power Hour with James Cluskey

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to James Cluskey. This episode discusses how embracing pressure impacts performance outcomes. James is a former professional tennis player turned entrepreneur and private tennis coach to Sir Richard Branson. Since retiring from professional tennis...
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HR Power Hour with Jermey Vesta

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Jeremy Vesta. This episode discuses addressing the hidden cost of insurance. James is Chief Financial Officer of Curally where he uses his expertise as an economist and his extensive business leadership background to...
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HR Power Hour with Lori Wallace

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Lori Wallace. This episode discusses how many common interview practices have damaging effects on applicants and their ability to successfully present themselves in interviews. Lori is the Founder and CEO of Career Ecology...
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HR Power Hour with Heather Hansen

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Heather Hansen. This episode discusses how accent bias effects how individuals process information and make decisions, both in the work environment and in life generally. Heather is the Founder of Global Speech Academy...
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HR Power Hour with Dr. Keri Ohlrich

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Dr. Keri Ohlrich. This episode discusses the tools companies can use to better manage the challenging elements of the hybrid work environment. Dr. Keri Ohlrich is the CEO and co-founder of Abbracci Group...
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HR Power Hour with Robert Brooks and Elizabeth Johnston

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Robert Brooks and Elizabeth Johnston . This episode discusses the top four NLRB actions of 2023 that employers should be mindful of and steps that they can take to guard against an unfair...
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Maine Captive Audience Statute Requirements

For employers operating in New England, they are likely aware of Connecticut and New York’s recent captive audience statutes, but a quick re-cap on Maine’s recently enacted Captive Audience statute: Maine’s Captive Audience statute went into effect in September 2023, and includes a requirement that employers have postings in...
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HR Power Hour with Jeremy Vesta

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Jeremy Vesta. This episode addresses the hidden costs of insurance and how employers can commit to helping their employees understand their health conditions, embrace different treatment options and change behaviors to positively influence...
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HR Power Hour with Fernanda Anzek

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Fernanda Anzek. This episode discusses the effect “Quiet Cutting” has on DEI programs. Fernanda is Managing Director, HR Operations for Insperity where she leads teams that support small businesses with human resources and...
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HR Power Hour with Sabine Gedeon

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Sabine Gedeon. This episode discusses planning, training, and talent review as three areas that organizations can focus on to assist the next generation of leaders in finding success early in their career. Sabine...
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HR Power Hour with Heather Hansen

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Heather Hansen. This episode discusses how accent bias effects how individuals process information and make decisions, both in the work environment and in life generally. Heather is the Founder of Global Speech Academy...
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DEI Efforts in the Wake of the Supreme Court’s College Admissions Decision

Last week the United States Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision ending a four-decade precedent which had allowed universities and colleges to consider the race of applicants during the admissions process. What, if anything, does this mean for private employer DEI efforts? First, the question before the Supreme Court...
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HR Power Hour with Elizabeth Johnston

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Elizabeth Johnston . This episode discusses pregnancy and the workplace. Liz is a regular contributor to Verrill’s Taking Care of HR Business blog and handles a variety of employment matters including working with...
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HR Power Hour with Melissa Denbow

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Melissa Denbow. This episode discusses how companies can become more engaged with their community through communicating the value of community engagement to team members. Melissa is Vice President Community Experience Manager at Machias...
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HR Power Hour with John Robertson

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to John Robertson. This episode discusses the skills, resources, and tools organizational managers should possess in order to decrease crises before they happen. John is the Founder and President of FORTLOG Services, he has...
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HR Power Hour with Carol Bowser

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to John Robertson. This episode discusses ways in which companies can provide tools and resources for employees to manage conflict and de-escalate conflict at work. Carol Bowser J.D is a workplace conflict expert. After...
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HR Power Hour with Dr. Keri Ohlrich

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Dr. Keri Ohlrich. This episode discusses the tools companies can use to better manage the challenging elements of the hybrid work environment. Dr. Keri Ohlrich is the CEO and co-founder of Abbracci Group...
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HR Power Hour with Dr. Amy Wood

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to psychologist Dr. Amy Wood. This episode discusses ways that high performers can defy disruption and improve their focus. Dr. Wood is the author of the award-winning personal improvement book Life Your Way and...
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HR Power Hour with Sabine Gedeon

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Sabine Gedeon, Founder of She Leads Network and host of She Leads Now. This episode discusses how organizations can prepare the next generation of leaders. As the Founder of She Leads Network and...
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HR Power Hour with Alan Casavant

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Alan Casavant, Mayor of Biddeford. This episode discusses how the city of Biddeford, Maine, as a public employer, moved to a four-day work week and the tips for other organizations considering the same...
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HR Power Hour with Douglas Currier

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Douglas Currier, a Partner at Verrill. This episode discusses managing the practical and legal risks that difficult employees can bring to the workplace. Douglas began practicing law more than 30 years ago with...
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HR Power Hour with Jen Serei

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Jen Serei, SHRM-CP, HR Partner at MP. This episode discusses useful tips and best practices for first-time managers, as well as helpful reminders for more seasoned managers. Jen Serei is an HR Partner...
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HR Power Hour with Melissa Denbow

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Melissa Denbow, President Community Experience Manager at Machias Savings Bank. This episode discusses the importance of relationship building through community engagement. Melissa started her career at Machias Savings Bank in October 1995 as...
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HR Power Hour with Chuck Mollor

On this episode of HR Power Hour, join Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez as she talks to Chuck Moller. This episode discusses the importance of psychological safety at work, including why it’s important and how you can help to build a more psychologically safe work environment for your employees. Chuck...
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What You Need to Know About the FTC’s Proposed Non-Compete Ban

Today, January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) proposed a new rule that would ban companies from requiring non-compete agreements to be signed by employees and contractors (“Proposed Rule”). The FTC estimates that such a ban would affect 30 million Americans. The FTC’s reasoning behind the Proposed Rule...
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