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Wednesday July 29, 2015

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    Heart at Work - Monday Jul 27, 2015 | 8:00 am

    Held hostage by retirement benefits? Five steps to break free

    Retirement benefits are a welcomed amenity offered by many employers. It is a win/win situation if you enjoy your work and can imagine yourself comfortably remaining with the organization until you are adequately vested. However, if your job is not working out and the pension or retirement plan becomes the only reason keeping you in your job, then you’ve lost control of your work life. You might think that your […]

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    People on the Move - Wednesday Jul 22, 2015 | 2:00 pm

    Berlin City Honda Celebrates Grand Opening of New Store

    Berlin City Honda recently held a grand opening of its new automobile dealership at 255 Main Mall Rd. in South Portland. The new 28,000-square-foot facility is the largest Honda dealership in Maine. Over $8 million was invested in the facility, adding more than 8,000 square feet. The new building features a showroom, double the size of the previous showroom, and includes a retail parts boutique area, a well-appointed customer waiting […]

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    People on the Move - Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 5:00 pm

    Thursday’s On the Move

    NEW HIRES Maria Morrissette has joined Fontaine – The Real Estate Leader as a sales agent. Morrissette, of Portland, spent 20 years as an IT professional building solid customer relationships and problem solving. She will serve buyers and sellers out of Fontaine’s Scarborough office. Broadreach Public Relations in Portland has hired Josiah Petrin as a public relations apprentice and Emily Martin as a summer intern. Petrin, of Kennebunk, will assist […]

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    The Startup Line - Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Vets First Choice raises $52.3M in new investment round

    Vets First Choice, the Portland company that offers online pharmacy services for veterinarians, has raised $52.3 million from a group of new and existing investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The equity investment was raised from 33 investors, according to the document, signed by CEO Benjamin Shaw and dated July 15, 2015. The investment was officially made in Direct Vet Marketing, which is doing business as […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jul 16, 2015 | 11:30 am

    “Volunteer” Or Go To Solitary Confinement?

    By Guest Blogger Andy Schmidt. Andy Schmidt is a workers’ rights attorney in Portland. He can be reached at andy@maineworkerjustice.com. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement puts people in “detention centers” based on alleged immigration violations. A Federal judge in Colorado recently ruled in favor of my detainee clients in a case that highlights how these individuals may be exploited by the for-profit companies that run some of these centers. I […]

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    Heart at Work - Monday Jul 13, 2015 | 9:15 am

    Approaching a transition? Don’t go it alone.

    This blog was written by our newest associate, Doug Babkirk. “Ask for help and allow yourself to yield to forces stronger than your will or ego’s desires.” Angeles Arrien Living into the second half of life is filled with change – some of which we shape and some that is shaped for us. Rarely are significant life transitions successfully embraced as a solo act. Looking back on the significant changes […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jul 09, 2015 | 3:12 pm

    New Overtime Rules: Work Less, Earn More

    A “notice of proposed rule-making” by the Department of Labor typically isn’t the kind of thing that gets people excited. (I hope I haven’t already lost you at “notice of proposed rulemaking” – trust me, this gets more interesting). This week, the Department of Labor proposed new rules that millions of workers should know about – and be cheering about. As one former White House economist wrote, “I can’t think […]

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    The Startup Line - Wednesday Jul 08, 2015 | 10:59 am

    MCED launches new online education platform for aspiring entrepreneurs

    — Want more guidance as you follow the path of entrepreneurship, but want to do it from the comfort of your own home? The Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development may be able to help. The independent nonprofit organization has launched an online education platform at www.MCEDonlineU.com. So far, the platform has one self-paced course available: “Launch Your Brilliant Idea.” The course is separated into 25 online learning modules, each roughly ten minutes long, that […]

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    On the Job - Thursday Jul 02, 2015 | 4:40 pm

    Award of unemployment benefits to FairPoint strikers just result

    Should employees who go out on strike against their employer receive unemployment benefits? Wouldn’t an award of unemployment benefits prolong labor disputes and unfairly tip the scales of justice in favor of employees over employers? These questions—and more—were raised by claims filed by strikers who participated in the 18-week strike last fall and winter against FairPoint, Maine’s largest provider of landline telephone and internet service. On June 5, a Hearing […]

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