Thursday August 21, 2014
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Thursday August 21, 2014

Contributors: Business - On the Job

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    Friday Aug 15, 2014 | 12:25 pm

    Lawsuits Triple For Violations Of Family Medical Leave Laws

    When I had my two children, in 1987 and 1990, my husband and I were lucky to be working for Maine employers that provided generous parental leave to their employees. (I worked at the time for a labor union and my husband for a non-profit environmental advocacy organization.) Having meaningful time off while our kids were infants was necessary for me and precious for all of us, and we could […]

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    Thursday Aug 14, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Fair Point Workers Deserve A Fair Contract!

    When I moved to Maine some 25 years ago (yes, I’m from away), the business landscape was a lot different. I bought my groceries at Shop N Save, filled my prescriptions at Laverdiere’s or Wellby’s, paid my electric bill to Central Maine Power and my phone bill to Verizon. My son Brendan was born at Bath Memorial Hospital. The big paper companies were International Paper, Boise Cascade, and Great Northern […]

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    Thursday Aug 07, 2014 | 11:33 am

    Most Important Civil Rights Law In 50 Years??? Federal Contractors Ordered To Comply With Law Or Lose Government Contracts

    Public Justice, a left-leaning civil rights advocacy group, called President Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order last week the most important advance in civil rights since the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 some 50 years ago this summer.  That strikes me as a bit—actually a lot– of hyperbole.  What about the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1991?  Or the Supreme Court’s decision […]

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    Wednesday Aug 06, 2014 | 8:37 am

    News Flash: Judges’ Personal Experiences Can Shape Their Rulings

    A couple of weeks ago, as I was getting ready for work, my almost-three-year-old daughter noticed that I was dressed a bit more formally than usual. “Where are you doing today, Mama?” she asked. I explained that I was going to be meeting with my client and a judge later that day. “What’s a judge?” was the inevitable next question. How to explain that in a way a toddler might […]

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    Thursday Jul 31, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Score One for Maine Workers: Lobstermen Win Right to Organize Union

    The Red Sox are mired in a crumby season, but our hometown heroes—Maine’s that is—did score a pretty important victory last week. It drew little press attention, but on July 21, federal district Judge Brock Hornby terminated an order over 50 years old which had prevented lobstermen from organizing a union. As a spate of news stories both in the local and national papers (including even the New York Times) […]

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    Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 | 9:24 am

    It’s About Time: EEOC Issues New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidelines

    For the first time in three decades, the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has just issued new guidelines on pregnancy discrimination. First, a disclaimer. I’m due to have a baby next month, so it’s possible I might have a somewhat heightened interest in this topic. But in the end, these new regulations affect everyone – whether you’re planning to have a child yourself, you’re close to someone who is pregnant, […]

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    Thursday Jul 24, 2014 | 10:31 am

    Arbitrate This! Arbitration Agreements Strip Employees of Their Rights

    I’ve never shopped at American Apparel before, but my daughters do. It’s an American success story. When I went to the company’s website, I found out that in less than 20 years, American Apparel went from a start up to employing over 10,000 workers in 285 stores in more than 20 countries around the globe. The company says all the right things. That it makes and designs much of its […]

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    Tuesday Jul 22, 2014 | 9:12 am

    Ban the Box: Opening Up Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

    In Washington DC, where an estimated one in every 10 residents has a criminal record, the chances of getting a job after serving time are about to get a lot better.  Thousands of ex-offenders find that even after they’ve paid their debt to society, they keep getting penalized, because employers routinely screen out applicants who have a criminal history.  But the DC City Council just passed a law that would […]

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    Thursday Jul 17, 2014 | 10:31 am

    LeBron James is Underpaid!

    This past weekend my best friend Matt and I attended the North Atlantic Blues Festival in Rockland. We heard some great music, talked about family and friends, and stalked the best fried clams we could find (though we both also would highly recommend the Pho Sizzle food truck). Both of us were in a particularly celebratory mood, since on Friday, while Matt was on his way up from Albany, I […]

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