Prepare for April 3rd: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Issues an Emergency Loan Guide for Small Businesses

Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce published an updated Coronavirus Emergency Loan Guide for small businesses and sole proprietors.  This is crucial because small businesses (less than 500 employees) can begin applying for payroll loans under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Paycheck Protection Program starting April 3rd. Independent contractors and otherRead More

Maine Passes Emergency Unemployment Insurance Bill: What Employers Need to Know About It

Yesterday, the Maine Legislature passed emergency legislation that was aimed, in part, at temporarily extending eligibility for unemployment benefits to workers that have been impacted by COVID-19.  The new law allows workers to become eligible for unemployment benefits immediately in situations that would not typically be covered.  Workers can now apply for and receive unemploymentRead More

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