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Tuesday June 30, 2015

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    Thursday Jun 11, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    Changes to Abercrombie’s “Look”

    Justice Scalia has not always been the most stalwart supporter of workers’ civil rights in his years on the Supreme Court. But on June 1 he delivered a nearly unanimous (8-1) opinion ruling in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a position at Abercrombie because her head scarf did not comply with the retailer’s “Look Policy.” (Just in case you’re not familiar with the store, it’s the […]

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    Thursday Jun 04, 2015 | 4:15 pm

    You can be what you are: Caitlyn Jenner

    Is anyone talking about anything other than the Caitlyn Jenner cover of Vanity Fair? For months it had been rumored that Bruce Jenner, 1976 Olympic decathlon gold medal winner and arguably the greatest athlete of the modern era , was going to come out as a woman. Transgender people, while increasingly in the public eye, are still unfamiliar to many of us. Perhaps because of Bruce Jenner’s status as a […]

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    Friday May 29, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    Will robots take YOUR job?

    For decades, there have been stories – both real and imagined – about human workers being replaced by machines. You only have to Google “humans replaced by robots” to see scores of headlines about what will happen when robots take our jobs. Articles report that “Robots are replacing us faster than we expected,” predict that “Robots will take over 30% of our jobs by 2025,” and suggest that “When robots […]

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    Friday May 22, 2015 | 3:32 pm

    The thrill is gone; did Deflategate taint Pats Super Bowl victory?

    For the last week, we’ve been inundated with coverage about Deflategate and the NFL’s decision to suspend golden boy quarterback Tom Brady for four games, fine the Patriots $1 million, and take away two top draft picks. In case you somehow missed it (and if you did, you must be still stuck in a snowbank left over from last winter), last week the NFL announced the results of an investigation […]

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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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