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Unionized Workplaces May Be Able to Recover Fair Share Fees Paid in Past

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that agency fee charges to public sector labor unions violate the Constitution.  On a 5-4 vote, the justices overturned a 1977 Supreme Court precedent that had allowed the so-called agency fees or “fair share” fees that are collected from millions of non-union workers in lieu of union dues to fundRead More

Avoiding Workers’ Compensation Discrimination Claims in Maine

 When an employee is injured at work, competing interests make it easy for an employer to improperly handle the injury on the front end.  An employer’s compliance mistakes and taking a “wait-and-see approach” to work injuries can give rise to expensive claims of workers’ compensation discrimination under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act (the Act).  DespiteRead More

Arming Teachers in Maine as a Municipal Policy Response to Prevent and Minimize School Shootings

 Unfortunately, we live in an age where we all must worry for the safety of our children when they go to school. School shootings have been in the forefront of our collective awareness more than any other issue in our political discourse over the last several years. The national conversation, from holiday dinner tables toRead 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

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