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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issues ruling on employee use of medical marijuana

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently decided that employees of Massachusetts corporations and of out-of-state corporations doing business with operations in Massachusetts are permitted to use medical marijuana and cannot be fired for failing a drug test due to medical marijuana usage.  On July 17, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in the case of… Read more »

Seventh Circuit holds that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit released a landmark decision on April 4, 2017, opening the door for Title VII claims for alleged discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.  Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for employers to discriminate on the basis of a person’s… Read more »

New Hampshire Supreme Court expands personal liability in unlawful discrimination cases

NEW HAMPSHIRE SUPREME COURT EXPANDS PERSONAL LIABILITY IN UNLAWFUL DISCIRMINATION CASES TO INDIVIDUAL EMPLOYEES WHO AID AND ABET OR RETALIATE WITH REGARD TO DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE. It is unlawful in New Hampshire to discriminate against anyone based on their age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability… Read more »

Reflecting on your estate plan for the coming new year

In Maine significant changes will occur in 2016.  Namely, the Maine Estate Tax Exemption amount will increase to match the federal amount, which is currently $5.43 million for each spouse. Therefore, individuals who die after January 1, 2016 will be able to use the $5.4 million exception amount when considering estate tax liability at both… Read more »

Tax things you should know

The best way to save income tax is to contribute the maximum allowable amount to your employer’s retirement program. Check with your plan administrator before year end to see if you are eligible to make contributions prior to the end of the year. If you do not have an employer program, you may be eligible… Read more »

New laws affecting Maine employers become effective on October 15, 2015

Several new laws of interest to Maine employers went into effect on October 15, 2015. These laws increase penalties for employers who do not provide leave to employees who have been the victim of violence, limit an employer’s ability to access private social media information, provide increased access to wage information to creditors of certain… Read more »

Court rejects legal challenge to NLRB “Ambush Election” rule

In April 2015, the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush election” rule became effective, shortening the time between a union’s request for an election and the election itself to just two weeks.  The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a legal challenge to the rule. The lawsuit argued that that the new rule… Read more »

Maine Estate Tax Update

On June 30, 2015 the Maine Legislature voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of the State Budget, which means the proposed Budget became law.   Among the changes to Maine law as a result of the veto override was a change to the Maine Estate Tax Law, codified as 36 M.R.S.A. §§ 4101-4118, which is set… Read more »