Thinking of Checking Up on an Employee’s Facebook Page? Think Twice . . .

Just last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found that a supervisor had violated the law by engaging in “unlawful surveillance of an employee’s online union activity, including an investigation of the employee’s Facebook page.” The case, called AdvancePierre Foods, Inc., sends a signal that the NLRB is looking to crack down on employerRead More

New Employment Poster Required

UP TO THE MINUTE UPDATE: New Employment Poster Required as of August 2nd!           The Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) has issued a new poster about human trafficking which you can find HERE. Employers are required to display this poster in the workplace as of August 2, 2018.           While you’re downloading, printing and puttingRead More

Are Protests Protected Activity Under the National Labor Relations Act? Maybe.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB)’s general counsel ruffled a few feathers last month by finding that employees who skip work to protest could be protected from termination under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  This has the potential to be a pretty startling finding for employers with politically active employees  . . . soRead More

Update: Don’t Forget About Your Interns… Should You be Paying Them?

Should you be paying your interns? The federal Department of Labor (“DOL”) isn’t forgetting about this issue, and you shouldn’t either.  Last year, we published an article on the factors the DOL was using to determine whether interns should be paid or whether a company could legally not pay their intern hire.  Last month, theRead More

National Origin Discrimination: What You Need to Know… And Questions You Might Be Afraid to Ask

Regardless of which side of the aisle you fall on, we can all agree that national origin has been in the news quite a bit this winter. In November, 2016, the EEOC actually issued some updated guidance for employers on the ins and outs of national origin discrimination. You can find it here. Here’s what youRead More

To Trademark or Not to Trademark? (Part I)

That is the question.  Many business and service providers operate for years without considering whether they should trademark elements of their business.  The most common way people think of (and see) trademarks are through logos (think: New England Patriots or Apple Computers).* However, a company can also trademark a slogan it commonly uses, like, “Employment Wisdom on theRead More