Celebrating the Career of Justice Robert E. Murray

Celebrating the Career of Justice Robert E. Murray

We are honored to celebrate the distinguished career of Justice Robert E. Murray Jr. (affectionately known as “Buddy”), who is retiring at the end of this month. Justice Murray’s career is a testament to his dedication, leadership, and service to the community. Justice Murray was a valuable member of the Rudman Winchell team from August…

Proposed Rules for Maine’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act: What Employers Need to Know
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Proposed Rules for Maine’s Paid Family Medical Leave Act: What Employers Need to Know

On May 20, the Maine Department of Labor (DOL) issued proposed rules interpreting the Paid Family Medical Leave Act. Employers are encouraged to review these proposals, which can be found here, to determine if there are areas that may benefit from their comments. Key Points for Employers: This is a critical time for employers to…

Understanding the New DOL Final Rule on Salary Requirements for Exempt Employees

Understanding the New DOL Final Rule on Salary Requirements for Exempt Employees

The US Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced a Final Rule that will bring significant changes to the minimum salary requirements for white collar exemptions from the federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). This development is crucial for employers to understand and implement, as it adjusts the…

Navigating Substance Abuse and Recovery in the Workplace Part 3: Understanding FMLA

Navigating Substance Abuse and Recovery in the Workplace Part 3: Understanding FMLA

In the realm of substance abuse and recovery in the workplace, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) plays a pivotal role in addressing employee absences related to alcohol or drug-related issues. In this segment, we explore the nuances of FMLA coverage for substance abuse-related absences and the implications for employers. Coverage Under FMLA FMLA…

Substance Abuse and Recovery in the Workplace Part 2: Understanding ADA and the Maine Human Rights Act

Substance Abuse and Recovery in the Workplace Part 2: Understanding ADA and the Maine Human Rights Act

In the realm of substance abuse and recovery in the workplace, employers encounter distinct challenges governed by various laws and regulations. In this installment, we delve into the intricate landscape of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) concerning both alcohol and drug abuse, clarifying the contrasting provisions for each….

Substance Abuse and Recovery in the Workplace Part 1: Understanding Workers’ Comp Exclusions

Substance Abuse and Recovery in the Workplace Part 1: Understanding Workers’ Comp Exclusions

Issues surrounding substance abuse and recovery in the workplace can present unique challenges for employers, particularly when it comes to navigating workers’ compensation claims. In part one of this three part article, we’ll explore the implications of workers’ compensation laws in cases involving substance abuse, including intoxication at the time of injury, and discuss strategies…

Navigating Potential Changes to Estate Plans: Insights for Maine Business Owners
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Navigating Potential Changes to Estate Plans: Insights for Maine Business Owners

There’s an important development on the horizon that could affect your estate plans in 2024 and beyond. We’re talking about a potential shift in how life insurance policies designed for repurchasing company stock are interpreted, and it’s worth your attention. Imagine this scenario: You’ve arranged a life insurance policy specifically aimed at facilitating the transfer…

Your Guide to Recent Shifts in Selling Tax-Foreclosed Properties in Maine
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Your Guide to Recent Shifts in Selling Tax-Foreclosed Properties in Maine

In a recent groundbreaking Supreme Court decision, there’s been a significant shift in how municipalities handle the proceeds from the sale of property due to unpaid taxes. This ruling has a profound impact on Maine, where municipalities were previously allowed to keep proceeds from such sales. Let’s delve into what this means for property owners…

The Importance of Proper Site Visit Procedures: Insights from Attorney Tim Pease

The Importance of Proper Site Visit Procedures: Insights from Attorney Tim Pease

In a recent meeting with the Design Review Board, attorney Tim Pease from the Bangor law firm Rudman Winchell shared valuable advice regarding the board’s decision-making process. Pease highlighted the need for adjustments in their current site visit practices, emphasizing the potential legal complications arising from individual site visits conducted outside official meetings. This article…

Tax Savings Tips for Maine Owners with Out-of-State Income

Tax Savings Tips for Maine Owners with Out-of-State Income

Are you a business owner in Maine with income also coming from other states? You might be sitting on a goldmine of tax savings opportunities without even knowing it. Let’s break down a complex tax strategy into simple terms so you can see how it might benefit you. Back in 2017, the government introduced a…