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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

Is your settlement taxable?

Are the proceeds of your personal injury settlement taxable?

A common question plaintiffs ask is whether they are required to pay taxes on the money they receive to settle a claim for personal injuries. The answer is generally no, and the reason for the rule is relatively simple.  The IRS does not count compensation for personal physical injuries or physical sickness as income. LookRead More

Bryan M. Dench appointed to the Maine State Board of Arbitration and Conciliation Service

AUBURN, Maine – Governor Paul R. LePage has appointed Skelton Taintor & Abbott chairman of the board of directors Bryan M. Dench to the State Board of Arbitration and Conciliation Services (BAC) as an employer representative. BAC is part of the Maine Labor Relations Board, which administers and enforces Maine’s state laws that govern collectiveRead More

Drug Testing?

Thinking about doing drug testing or expanding existing testing? Maine law contains strict rules about testing – in fact, you can’t do drug testing in Maine without state approval. The Central Maine Human Resources Association will be addressing the issue of drug impairment in the workplace on February 20 (go to, a helpful first step if consideringRead More

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