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    Thursday Feb 26, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    Hollywood Takes On Equal Pay …And It Isn’t Pretty

    Full disclosure: I did not watch the Oscars. There were a variety of reasons I missed it: We don’t have cable and our TV antenna seems to only work on clear, sunny days; the Oscars don’t really get going until past my bedtime; I somehow failed to see any of the movies nominated this year for Best Picture; etc … But as always, I enjoyed the post-mortem the next day. […]

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    Friday Feb 20, 2015 | 5:45 pm

    The Weather Outside Is Frightful—But My Boss Says If I Don’t Show Up For Work…

    I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know when I say that this has been a winter unlike any other in recent memory. Eastport has been hit with 99 inches of snow in 20 days—numbers of biblical proportions. Closer to home here in Portland, snowfall stands at 80 inches, or far above normal for this time of year. From my office windows, I can see Casco Bay frozen over—the […]

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    Thursday Feb 12, 2015 | 3:15 pm

    A New Century, But the Same Old Question: How to Balance Work and Family

    The “modern woman” is “not altogether satisfied with love, marriage, and a purely domestic career….She wants work of her own. She wants some means of self-expression, perhaps, some way of satisfying her personal ambitions. But she wants a husband, home and children, too. How to reconcile these two desires in real life, that is the question.” Update the language, and this quote could have come from one of any number […]

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    Thursday Feb 05, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    Fore! Portland Off Course On Minimum Wage Vote

    During the summer, I often arrive before 6AM at Val Halla, the town links in Cumberland where I live, before I head off to work. I’m not much of a golfer (some folks won’t disclose their age; I won’t disclose my handicap except to say that it is higher than the age of my son, who was born in 1991), but if I keep the ball in play I can […]

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    Thursday Jan 29, 2015 | 10:25 am

    Let It Snow! A Day Off Can Be a Boost For Worker Productivity.

    As a kid, there were few sounds that were sweeter to me than those two wonderful words: Snow day! Now that I’m a grown-up, the pure joy of an unexpected snow day has been mixed with some of the more mundane concerns – will we lose power, do we need to rush to the store for milk, are the kids going to go completely stir-crazy…. But I have to admit […]

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    Thursday Jan 22, 2015 | 4:22 pm

    Middle Class Economics: Obama Offers Workers a Helping Hand; Opponents Say Plan DOA

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama continued his recent efforts to help restore an endangered species in America. No, not the spotted owl; the working middle class. It’s no secret that blue collar workers have taken it on the chin since the dawn of the new millennium—indeed over the last 4 decades. According to a report last year from the Economic Policy Institute, executive pay […]

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    Thursday Jan 15, 2015 | 11:02 am

    Iron Mountain Becomes a Pot of Gold

    Last month, Iron Mountain, an information storage company based in Boston, agreed to pay a staggering $44.5 million to settle claims that it fraudulently over-billed the federal government for record storage. The courageous plaintiffs in the whistleblower case, Patrick McKillop and Brent Stanley, will personally share in $8 million of the settlement. The settlement resolves allegations that Iron Mountain defrauded the government by entering into government contracts for record storage […]

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    Thursday Jan 08, 2015 | 1:01 pm

    Human Rights Investigator Finds Mass Layoff At Shaws’ Discriminated Against Older Workers

    As a civil rights lawyer, I like to say that I am hoping for the day that I am put out of business. Which is another way of saying that I’d like to live in a world totally free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated fairly and with dignity on the job. I’m pretty positive that won’t happen in my lifetime, but I am happy to say that […]

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    Tuesday Dec 23, 2014 | 9:44 am

    An Early Christmas Present: Justice Department Extends Protections For Transgender Workers

    On December 15, with little fanfare, the Department of Justice announced a policy change that could help protect transgender employees nationwide. US Attorney General Eric Holder stated in a legal memo that the DOJ will now take the position that Title VII, the federal law that bans employment discrimination based on sex, encompasses discrimination based on gender identity including transgender status. The announcement came quietly, in a two-page legal memo […]

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