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Tuesday May 26, 2015

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    Thursday May 14, 2015 | 3:31 pm

    What do we want? Mail! When do we want it? NOW!

    My 3-year-old daughter, an old soul, has taken to letter writing in her toddler block-print. She has spent many an evening catching up on her correspondence with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and Santa. She likes the act of writing itself, likes placing the stamp just so and applying the return address label. And most importantly, she is in awe of the magic of placing a sealed envelope in our mailbox […]

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    Thursday May 07, 2015 | 11:27 am

    Mother—the hardest worker of them all

    Together with my colleagues I’ve been writing a blog about triumphs and tragedies, rights and wrongs, in the workplace for over three years. Workers are working harder than ever, with less and less to show for it in their envelope. All the while, workers find their rights under attack and at times eviscerated by legislation like the so-called right to work bills that were hotly debated and rejected Wednesday by […]

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    Thursday Apr 30, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Working for Schedules that Work

    My daughter, who is just learning the days of the week, likes to plan. Each weekday, she counts how many more days she has until her “home days.” She counts down the days to her next swim lesson and to her next birthday (or, currently, to her 3 ¾ birthday). She lays out her plans for our Saturdays, usually involving scheduled trips to multiple different playgrounds. And if her schedule […]

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    Thursday Apr 23, 2015 | 12:14 pm

    You Can’t Pretend An Employee is a Contractor

    By Guest Blogger Andy Schmidt. Andy Schmidt is a workers’ rights attorney in Portland. He can be reached at andy@maineworkerjustice.com. People often ponder what ingredients are actually inside a Tastykake. But have you ever wondered who the workers are that make these products and get them to your store? Flowers Foods Inc. is the parent company of Lewiston-based Lepage Bakeries. They make Tastykakes and also brands like Wonder and Nature’s […]

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    Thursday Apr 16, 2015 | 10:09 am

    Behind every good boss is a great team!

    This coming Wednesday, April 22, is Administrative Professionals Day. I’m not much for these Hallmark holidays (can you believe there is also a Boss’s Day?), but I will say that I have been blessed for almost 30 years by the greatest staff a lawyer could ask for. Two months after I started work here in Maine in 1988, I was joined by Nancy Pollock, and she has been with me […]

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    Thursday Apr 09, 2015 | 10:26 am

    Breastfeeding Is A Civil Right

    This past week, I escaped to sunny California with my 7-month-old. As we made our way across the country by bus, plane, and car, one thing that made our travels infinitely easier was that I could breastfeed my daughter as we went. It gave her comfort, helped her go to sleep (something everyone else on the plane appreciated), and was far more convenient, safe and sanitary than bringing along bottles […]

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    Thursday Apr 02, 2015 | 1:50 pm

    Major Employers Launch Stealth Attack On Workers’ Compensation System

    Workers’ compensation? If you’re like me, although almost all of us work, it’s probably something you never think about. At least not until you need it. So what I’m about to say should scare you. Last month as I was driving to work I heard snippets of an excellent three-part series on Morning Edition on National Public Radio about workers’ compensation. The first part of the series detailed how so-called […]

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    Thursday Mar 26, 2015 | 4:15 pm

    One Big Step Forward For Pregnant Women

    In a much anticipated ruling, yesterday the Supreme Court weighed in on whether a UPS driver, Peggy Young, had been discriminated against based on pregnancy. Instead of providing Peggy with light-duty work, as it had done for many other workers, UPS instead forced her to take unpaid leave. This case has gotten a lot of press, partly because it is important legally, and partly because what happened to Peggy seems […]

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    Monday Mar 23, 2015 | 10:14 am

    We’re Living In A Post-Racial World?

    Back in the 80’s, the English music group the Police had a hit song “We Are Spirits in the Material World.” Not one of my favorite songs, but looking back at the lyrics, they did indeed capture what it was looking from the outside in of that material decade. Madonna (another one of my non-faves) was the “material girl,” and Tom Wolfe wrote about the golden crumbs bond traders made […]

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