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Maine adds Paid-Leave for Any Purpose

Maine adds Paid-Leave for Any Purpose

On Tuesday May 28th, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law “An Act Authorizing Employee Leave,” (“the Act”).  This new law will provide eligible employees with the ability to accrue up to 40 hours of paid personal leave per year.  Unlike other paid leave laws around the country, Maine’s will be the first to allow the employees to use the paid leave for any purpose, including non-medical or personal reasons.

Violence in the Workplace

Violence in the Workplace

Workplace violence is a disturbing, but real issue facing employers nationwide. News stories remind us of this reality with examples such as a recent workplace shooting in Illinois, in which a disgruntled employee shot several coworkers and police officers after learning that his employment was terminated. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that about two million workers report workplace violence every year. OSHA also states that employers must provide a place of employment “free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm.” So what should employers do about this growing concern?

Breaking: DOL Proposes New Overtime Rule

Breaking: DOL Proposes New Overtime Rule

On Thursday March 7, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced the proposal of a new overtime rule.  According to the DOL press release, this rule would now make over 1 million American workers eligible for overtime.   The new proposal would raise the salary threshold starting on January 1, 2020 to $679 per week, or roughly $35,308 annually.  Currently, the salary threshold is at $455 per week or roughly $23,660 annually.  The current salary threshold has been in place since 2004.

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