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Verrill Dana, LLP

Verrill Dana, LLP is one of New England's preeminent regional law firms. With offices in Portland and Augusta, ME; Boston, MA; Westport, CT; Providence, RI; and Washington D.C. Verrill Dana provides sophisticated legal representation to businesses and individuals in the traditional areas of litigation, real estate, business law, labor and employment law, employee benefits, environmental law, intellectual property and estate planning.  The Firm also has industry-focused specialties including higher education, health care and health technology, energy, and timberlands. 

Disclaimer:  The content presented in this blog is for general information only, is not intended to constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon by any person as legal advice. While we welcome you to contact our blog authors at hrlawupdate@verrilldana.com, the submission of a comment or question does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and you. 

Thursday
Jan102019

New Episodes in our HR Law 101 Podcast Miniseries: Understanding the HR Basics

Whether you’re the founder of a startup, new to HR, or are looking for a refresher on some of the basics, this podcast miniseries will provide you with the building blocks necessary to successfully achieve a healthy and compliant employer/employee relationship. In each episode, Verrill Dana labor and employment attorney Tawny Alvarez informs listeners of the nuances and pitfalls of common areas of HR law, beginning the series by addressing the basics of hiring. 

Since episodes 1-5 were such a hit, we've continued the series and have added a sixth and seventh, part one and two of "HR Law 101: Handbooks and What to Include." Listen to Ep. 6 and Ep. 7 below or to past episodes of the miniseries here.

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Tuesday
Jan082019

Times are Changing: Verrill Dana Hosts Full-Day Conference, 2019 Annual Employment Law Update

After a year full of changes for employers paired with a new governor in Maine, Verrill Dana will reflect on recent legal developments in labor and employment law and what the new year might bring during its 2019 Annual Employment Law Update. The full-day conference will take place on Thursday, January 31 at The Westin Harborview Hotel in Portland.
The all-day event will begin with a panel discussion of a 2018 Labor and Employment Year in Review and expectations for 2019. Following, there will be a variety of sessions with topics on workforce development, Implicit Bias, USERRA and veteran recruiting, discrimination & harassment investigations, HR 101, sexual harassment, "I-9s", e-discovery workers' compensation, arbitration agreements in employee contracts, and wage & hour. Breakout sessions will include HR 101, employee benefits, OSHA, and a sexual harassment CLE for attorneys. 

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Friday
Dec212018

On The Twelfth Day of HR, Verrill Dana Gave to Me…

…a stocking full of tip summaries!  After a very musical few weeks, we’ve arrived at the final installment of our 12 Days of HR series.  We hope that you’ve enjoyed singing along with us on our holiday-themed journey through various employment law issues—and learned a few things along the way.  To wrap up the festivities, here is a brief summary of the issues and tips that we’ve discussed over the past few weeks.  Be sure to check out the full articles for more information and details on each topic.

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Friday
Dec212018

12 Days of HR: Flashback Friday—“I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” and Employee Requests for Service Animal Accommodations

Because of how often we hear from clients regarding requests for “emotional support” animals to accompany employees to work, we figured a refresher on how to handle these types of situations would be appreciated. While we do not expect many employees to request to bring a “service hippo” to work, we have certainly been faced with situations where “non-traditional” animals have been requested to accompany individuals both in public accommodation situations, and in the workplace.

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Thursday
Dec202018

12 Days of HR: Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot, Preparing for 2019 Should Not

We’re halfway through December, which means that the New Year is right around the corner.  January 1st always seems to inspire a host of new goals and aspirations for the year ahead, and if you are in human resources, we have some resolutions to consider as 2019 gets ready to roll in.

First, brush up on new laws coming into effect in the coming year.  Many U.S. states—about one-third of them—will be experiencing an increase in minimum wage effective January 1, 2019.  In addition, many jurisdictions have passed significant updates to employment-related laws that will be effective on New Year’s Day.  A new law in Delaware, for example, expands workplace sexual harassment protections and provides anti-sexual harassment training requirements for employers with 50 or more employees within the state.  Check for updates in your state to make sure that you are aware of any new requirements that apply to your workplace.

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Thursday
Dec202018

12 Days of HR: All I Want For Christmas Is . . . A Side Hustle?

In recent years, “side hustles” have become an increasingly common phenomenon among employees in all industries to supplement income from a “traditional” job.   A key attribute of side hustles is that they are self-managed, and there are seemingly endless opportunities—from tutoring to digital design services to creating online video tutorials—to appease nearly any skill or interest.  And for some, side hustles are about more than just the money—especially for workers with less experience, side hustles can provide an avenue to develop skills and connections that might help them in a future career path.  For example, your full-time sales employee might dream of acting someday—and what’s better practice than moonlighting as Santa around the holidays?

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