Peter Lowe Discusses Vaccine Mandates on WMTW–8

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In an August 4 news piece, Portland’s WMTW asked partner Peter Lowe about the legality of employer vaccine mandates in Maine. Lowe noted that, done correctly, vaccine mandates have been adjudged legal by courts in at least two states. While employers should provide accommodations for employees with medical restrictions or genuine religious objections, Lowe noted,...

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Peter Lowe and Hannah Wurgaft Author Article in MaineBiz

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In a recent article published by MaineBix, “How to manage a partially vaccinated workforce,” partner Peter Lowe and attorney Hannah Wurgaft offered suggestions to businesses grappling with the challenges and issues that come with resuming in-person activities, including vaccine mandates, incentives, and accommodation requests. They also walked through updated guidance from the federal Equal Employment...

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B&I Issues Employment Law Update on OSHA Guidance for the Healthcare Industry

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B&I has published a new employment law update in its COVID-19 Legal Resource Library. The update details the new Emergency Temporary Standard issued by OSHA for employers in the healthcare industry.

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Peter Lowe Addresses Key Employment Law Concerns at Maine HR Convention

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Partner Peter Lowe addressed the Maine HR Convention in two timely presentations this month. In a presentation called, “Investigations and Your Questions,” Lowe and Toby Tiner of L.L. Bean discussed how the mundane challenges of day-to-day work conflicts can blossom into investigations that can end up in court and in the news. They addressed best...

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B&I Publishes Employment Law Updates on New COBRA and FFCRA Changes

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B&I has published two new employment law updates in its COVID-19 Legal Resource Library. The first update discusses the COBRA subsidy provisions of the American Rescue Plan Act; the second addresses how the American Rescue Plan Act affects leave and tax credit provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Relief Act (FFCRA).

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Hannah Wurgaft Featured in HR Daily Advisor Article on Equality Act

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A February 24, 2021, article, “House Revives Equality Act: What Employers Need to Know,” published by HR Daily Advisor, featured a discussion by attorney Hannah Wurgaft on the potential impacts of the Equality Act, a federal bill which would  address discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Wurgaft noted that the law,...

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B&I Publishes Employment Law Update on DOL Guidance on Mid-workday Travel Compensation

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B&I has published a new employment law update in its COVID-19 Legal Resource Library. This update discusses a Department of Labor Opinion Letter analyzing how the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) applies to the compensation of non-exempt employees who engage in mid-workday travel while on a flexible schedule.

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B&I Publishes Employment Law Update on Federal Guidance of Electronic Posters

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B&I has published a new employment law update in its COVID-19 Legal Resource Library. This update provides information about the Department of Labor’s new guidance for employers on posting mandatory notices for remote workers through electronic means.

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Peter Lowe and Hannah Wurgaft Publish Article on COVID-19 Vaccine Policies for MaineBiz

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In an article in MaineBiz, partner Peter D. Lowe and attorney Hannah Wurgaft write about “How to craft a COVID-19 employee vaccine policy.” They address the considerations businesses should think about now if they plan to offer or mandate vaccinations for employees. They address key issues, including the need to consult state and federal law...

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News Center Maine Features Peter Lowe Discussing Vaccine Guidelines for Employers

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News Center Maine highlighted the work of partner Peter D. Lowe on guidelines for Maine employers regarding COVID-19 vaccinations and their employees. In crafting an approach to vaccine policy, Lowe emphasized that, while employers legally are allowed to mandate vaccines among employees, “There is no one-size-fits-all…It’s really looking at what your business is, what your...

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