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Friday October 24, 2014

Contributors: Business - On the Job

  • Wednesday Oct 22, 2014 | 8:39 am

    Bates College Leading the Way in Disability Employment

    Last Friday, I attended the Disability Rights Center’s annual dinner in Freeport, where Bates College was presented with the DRC’s 2014 Business Award for actively recruiting individuals with disabilities to the workforce. Bates, which employs more than 750 Maine people, worked with the Maine Department of Labor to develop a systemic approach to actively recruit people with disabilities into its workforce. We need more employers like Bates. October is National […]

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    Thursday Oct 16, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    “Help Me Obama!” Wage Raise Postponed for America’s Neediest

    Quick. What’s the fastest growing occupation in America? IT programmer? Nope. Hospitality worker? Nope. Ready to cry uncle? Ok, I’ll give you a clue. These folks work with aging baby boomers and the chronically ill. If you said health care professional, you’re getting hot. Actually, it’s home health care aide. Now guess who are among the lowest paid workers in America? Did I hear you say home health workers? You […]

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    Tuesday Oct 14, 2014 | 11:54 am

    National Coming Out Day and the Importance of LGBT Anti-Discrimination Laws

    This past Saturday, October 11, 2014 was the 26th National Coming Out Day, an annual civil awareness day, now internationally observed on October 11 to promote awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and to celebrate the LGBTQ – “Q” for “queer” or “questioning” – community. “It’s a day to be visible,” Candace Gingrich-Jones, an activist at the Human Rights Campaign, has said. “What we know today is people […]

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    Friday Oct 10, 2014 | 8:35 am

    The ABC’s of the FMLA

    Earlier this week my colleague Roberta de Araujo and I gave an overview of federal and state labor and employment laws to a group of union shop stewards. There were a lot of laws to discuss, including the National Labor Relations Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and all of their Maine counterparts. We only had […]

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    Tuesday Oct 07, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    Were Ben & Jerry Right About Ice Cream and Fair Pay?

    About 25 years ago it was a dream of mine to work as a lawyer for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company in Vermont. I have no regrets that I instead wound up in Maine with the truly dream job of representing workers and other folks whose civil rights have been violated. But, I am thinking wistfully about Ben & Jerry’s. And not because I missed out on the free […]

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    Thursday Oct 02, 2014 | 8:43 am

    Thanks for the Pre-cation, Boss?!?

    I changed law firms this past spring after almost 26 years with my prior employer. When I did so, I was all gung ho to take a month’s sabbatical before starting my new job with Johnson, Webbert & Young. I planned to travel, get out of Maine for the month of April (I hate mud season and, let’s admit it, there is no spring in Maine), and generally spend some […]

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    Wednesday Oct 01, 2014 | 9:03 am

    Uh Oh! I Might Be Sexist. Don’t Judge, You Might Be Too. What It Might Mean To Your Career.

    Really? Another article about discrimination against women in the workplace? Yes. And this time it’s personal. I find that there are generally three responses to research confirming that bias of all kinds (sex, race, religion, etc.) still shapes decisions made in the workplace: 1. “That’s interesting. It has nothing to do with me.” 2. “Did we really need another study to prove the obvious.” 3. “Great. More junk science. Just […]

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    Thursday Sep 25, 2014 | 11:08 am

    The War on Workers Continues: Senator Collins’s Vote Against the Paycheck Fairness Act Makes No Sense

    Last week a friend of mine who works for the National Employment Lawyers Association sent me an email advising that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was speaking at Tulane University in New Orleans on the Paycheck Fairness Act. My friend thought my daughter, Celeste, who is a freshman at Tulane, might be interested. I immediately emailed Celeste to let her know about the event this past Sunday, which had limited […]

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    Wednesday Sep 24, 2014 | 9:19 am

    Can You Afford to Be Sick?

    Can you afford to stay home when you are sick or when you need to care for a sick child, parent or spouse? Millions of Americans would answer: “no.” No federal law requires employers to provide paid sick leave to their employees, and currently only two states, Connecticut and California, require it.  Many workers cannot afford to miss a single day of pay if they can help it. This November, […]

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