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Following Maine's Minimum Wage & Tip Credit: An Update for Employers

The evolution of Maine wage payment laws continues apace, and a raft of legislative bills are currently undergoing scrutiny in Augusta. Back in November, Maine voters increased the state minimum wage to $9 per hour and...more

Some Thoughts for Maine Employers on Marijuana Legalization

If we assume that the Question 1 referendum recount does not change the outcome, Maine’s 128th Legislature will begin the process of hammering out a new statutory regime to accompany legalization in 2017. At the present...more

Update on Publication of the New FLSA Overtime Regulations

The final overtime rule is edging closer to release: the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) has sent its final changes for determining which workers are eligible for overtime pay to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for...more

Are You Ready for a Fast-Track Union Election?

Today the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) new representation case procedures take effect. And as the saying goes, speed kills. The NLRB announced the new procedures last December and, in doing so,...more

Immigration Update: A Small Step in the Right Direction

Until recently, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) did not allow the dependent spouses of H-1B (specialty occupation) visa holders to engage in any form of employment while living in the U.S. H-4 visa...more

Northwestern Scholarship Athletes Make It Into the Red Zone

This past Wednesday, Peter S. Ohr, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Regional Director in Chicago, ruled that all scholarship football players at Northwestern University who have not exhausted their college...more

3/31/2014  /  College Athletes , NLRA , NLRB , Unions

Interpreting The Scope of Protected Activity: New Guidance From the Law Court

Controlling precedent interpreting Maine's Whistleblower Protection Act tends to be infrequent, so the Law Court's decision in Hickson v. Vescom Corporation, 2014 ME 27, Docket No. WAS-13-214, issued Tuesday, makes for...more

Union Representation: Coming to a Football Stadium Near You?

On January 28, a group of football players from Northwestern University filed a petition with the Chicago office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seeking union representation. They have formally requested that...more

2/3/2014  /  Athletes , NCAA , NLRB , Sports , Unions
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