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Verrill Dana, LLP is one of New England's preeminent regional law firms. With offices in Portland and Augusta, ME; Boston, MA; Stamford, 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. 

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Tuesday
Aug192014

LinkedIn Pays Up

The Company dubbed the world’s most boring social network recently agreed to pay almost $6 million in fines to settle claims that it violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.

LinkedIn will pay about $3.3 million in unpaid wages and $2.5 million in liquidated damages, affecting 359 current or former workers in New York, Nebraska, Illinois, and LinkedIn’s home state of California to settle claims that it violated the Act’s overtime and recordkeeping provisions.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

Tardy Tuesday: You Can Paint the Town Red...But Not Tucker Chocolate or Clinton Brown

Clinton Tucker, a New Jersey man and former Benjamin Moore employee has sued his former employer claiming discrimination on account of two of Benjamin Moore’s paint colors—Tucker Chocolate and Clinton Brown. Tucker claims that Tucker Chocolate is “extremely racially offensive” and that despite his complaints and protests Benjamin Moore’s management never changed the names of these colors. Surprisingly, the complaint fails to mention “Tucker Orange” and “Tucker Gray”, colors that are also part of Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg collection.

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Tuesday
Aug192014

When It Will Bite You: Not Everybody Sees Bullying As Requiring Legislation

Late last month, New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan (D) vetoed legislation intended to curb workplace bullying in state government offices. One cannot be sure of the exact motivation behind Governor Hassan’s veto, but it is interesting to see that when the effect of legislation will be in your own backyard, i.e., the proposed legislation only applied to state government agencies, then the desire to have bullying addressed by legislative action decreases. Indeed, Hassan is quoted as saying that she believed the bill “contains a number of poorly defined and unworkable provisions that will inevitably lead to a dramatic increase in unwarranted workplace-related litigation.” She added that the bill was “an attempt to legislate politeness”.

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Monday
Aug042014

Dear John: We've Been Seeing Too Much of Each Other...

No readers, we are not breaking up with you. Just bringing you this week’s Manic Monday. A Chicago faucet company recently disciplined employees for exceeding allotted “bathroom time” of 30 minutes per week (that averages out to 6 minutes per day). To make sure that employees were not exceeding their daily allotted time, the company installed a tracking system in the bathroom forcing workers to swipe in and out. But don’t worry, the company rewarded those with sufficiently strong bladders, providing the chance to earn gift cards to employees who did not use the bathroom at all during a shift—adding one dollar a day for a maximum $20.00 gift card per month.

The employees, however, are unionized, and have currently brought the claim before the NLRB arguing that bathroom monitoring is an invasion of privacy.

Thursday
Jul242014

Macy’s Department Store Workers Allowed to Unionize

A subset of 41 employees at the Saugus, Massachusetts Macy’s was given the green light to attempt to unionize yesterday. The National Labor Relations Board ruled 3-1 that the 41 cosmetic and fragrance workers share “a community of interest” despite Macy’s argument that the smallest bargaining unit should include all employees at the store or at least all the selling employees.  

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Thursday
Jul242014

There's Never a Brainless Question...Except When There Is

You’ve heard the expression; whether at a seminar, school, work, or just in general—Go ahead, ask! Well in most cases that may be good advice—but you don’t want to follow it during the interview process. Here are a few tips on questions you do not want to ask an interviewee during the course of the interview process:

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