Workers’ Comp: Mileage Reimbursement Doesn’t Make Employee

Here’s an interesting case out of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Huff v. Regional Transportation Program, in which the Court ruled, for the first time in Maine, that mere reimbursement of a volunteer driver’s mileage expenses does not in and of itself,...

New I-9 Form Mandatory Starting September 18

As part of my ongoing efforts to educate local businesses on employment law issues, I will present on the new USCIS Form I-9 at the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce later this month. This new I-9 form becomes mandatory starting TODAY: September 18,...

Drug Testing for Employers Presentation

Do you conduct employee drug testing? Are you wondering whether you can or should test for marijuana in light of Maine’s existing medical marijuana statute and the recent ballot initiative? How do you reconcile these liberalizations with federal law that...

Law firm life

Here’s a little something on the lighter side of law firm life. This is Michael’s dog Charlie. He’s an 8 month old standard poodle. Today, he’s keeping us company and helping us send out the February invoices. You may see him if you come visit...

Maine Marijuana Law Needs Employer Protection

I’m a business lawyer, and I only represent employers in employment related matters. So when I took a look at the Maine Marijuana Legalization Act, as drafted by its proponents and approved by Maine voters in November, I was concerned. At first glance, the...