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Maine Law Court Charts Different Course for Age Discrimination

It is not often that the Law Court interprets the Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) differently from its federal counterparts. In a recent decision, though, the Law Court did exactly that – it held that the standard for evaluating…more
| Civil Rights, Conflict of Laws, Labor & Employment Law

Third Circuit Court Offers Employers Insight into FMLA and ADA

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals recently waded into the waters of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), finding that an employer did not violate the FMLA or ADA where it…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Maine net energy billing rules, 2017 revision

On January 31, 2017, the Maine Public Utilities Commission adopted revisions to its rule chapter 313, governing net energy billing. Net metering, or net energy billing, is the metering and billing mechanism that Maine and most…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law

Workers’ Comp Board Appellate Division Addresses Various Issues Relative to Occupational Disease Cases

The widow and estate of the decedent appealed a decision denying a Petition to Order Payment under Rule 1.1 in an occupational disease case. Rule 1.1 requires that, within 14 days of notice or knowledge of a claim to incapacity…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Toxic Torts, Worker’s Compensation

First Circuit Revives Class-Action Overtime Lawsuit over Absent Comma

Sometimes, small things can turn out to be very big. Take punctuation, for instance. Just recently, the First Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that proves the point: finding that an absent comma created an ambiguity…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

EPA and OSHA Civil Penalty Limits Increase for 2017

Earlier this year, and prior to the installation of the Trump Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) each increased penalties applicable to…more
| Environmental Law, Labor & Employment Law

US auctions North Carolina offshore wind sites

Yesterday the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management completed a competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy development in federal waters offshore North Carolina. Avangrid Renewables, LLC won the auction-based sale with a…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Government Contracting, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Update on Title VII and Sexual Orientation Discrimination

Updating our previous post on this issue, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed the dismissal of a complaint alleging sexual orientation discrimination under Title VII. In its 2-1 decision in Evans v. Georgia…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Tax Lien Foreclosure – Rights of Mortgage Holders and Unassessed Owners

Experienced tax collectors and treasurers know that mortgage holders and unassessed owners of record have the right to receive copies of certain notices during the tax lien foreclosure process. But what are these entities’…more
| Finance & Banking, Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

Social Media and Public Records Laws

Social media is ubiquitous these days. Facebook alone, for example, has nearly 1.5 billion monthly active users. Given social media’s widespread use, it is not surprising that some municipalities have sought to harness its power…more
| Administrative Law, Communications & Media Law

MA Voices Hardly Heard as GOP Focuses on 'Freeing' Us from ACA 'Pain'

The state’s largest union held an event this past Thursday at Boston’s Old South Church to call attention to the “the damage the Republican Affordable Care Act replacement bill will inflict in Massachusetts.” The executive…more
| Elections & Politics, Health, Labor & Employment Law

FERC to hold session on state policies, wholesale markets

U.S. energy regulators have scheduled a two-day technical conference to consider how state energy policies affect wholesale electricity markets. In a March 3 notice of technical conference, the Federal Energy Regulatory…more
| Energy & Utilities

New Hampshire Legislature Rejects Right-to-Work Legislation

The New Hampshire Legislature has rejected a proposed “Right-To-Work” bill which would have prohibited unions from charging non-members for the costs of representation. The measure failed to pass the House with a final…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Rick Perry's No Ernie Moniz, and Other Ramblings of an Under-Capacitated Brain

NUCLEAR STEWARD ON STEEP LEARNING CURVE - Former Texas governor Rick Perry was confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday as secretary of the federal agency he once advocated eliminating, Energy -- but whose name he famously could…more
| Elections & Politics

This Month in Corruption: Contractors Fined for False Billing on Assembly Sq. T

Two contractors involved in building the Assembly Square T station knowingly submitted inflated payment estimates for materials and will pay large fines and penalties to resolve the case, according to the Office of Attorney…more
| Construction Law, Government Contracting, Transportation
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