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  • Motion Dismissed: At-Will Employee, Laid-Off During COVID-19 Shutdown, Cannot Recover Commissions

    Relying on the parties’ written employment agreement and compensation plans, a California federal district court held that an at-will employee who was laid off due to COVID-19 could not recover commissions that were not fully earned prior to his termination.  Peak v. TigerGraph, Case no. 21-cv-02603 (Sept. 7, 2021). Background The employee, a sales professional...
    October 22, 2021
  • Motion Dismissed: At-Will Employee, Laid-Off During COVID-19 Shutdown, Cannot Recover Commissions

    Relying on the parties’ written employment agreement and compensation plans, a California federal district court held that an at-will employee who was laid off due to COVID-19 could not recover commissions that were not fully earned prior to his termination.  Peak v. TigerGraph, Case no. 21-cv-02603 (Sept. 7, 2021). Background The employee, a sales professional... Continue Reading…
    October 22, 2021
  • New Hampshire Adopts Paid Leave Program

    On June 24, 2021, the New Hampshire Legislature passed a two-year state budget that includes a paid leave program. Governor Chris Sununu signed the budget on June 25, 2021, and coverage must be provided by January 1, 2023. The voluntary program, called the Granite State Paid Family Leave Plan, provides New Hampshire workers with 60... Continue Reading
    July 19, 2021
  • Maine Expands State FMLA to Allow Leave to Care for Serious Health Conditions of Grandchildren

    Maine employees will soon be eligible to take protected unpaid leave to care for serious health conditions of their grandchildren. On June 14, 2021, Governor Janet Mills signed into law L.D. 61, an Act to Include Grandparents Under Maine’s Family Medical Leave Laws. The law amends the Maine Family Medical Leave Act to allow an... Continue Reading
    June 23, 2021
  • Maine Labor Department Releases Final Rules for Earned Paid Leave Law

    As the January 1, 2021, effective date of Maine’s Earned Paid Employee Leave Law approaches, the state Department of Labor (DOL) has promulgated the much-anticipated final regulations for implementing the statute. Under the law, private employers with at least 10 employees in Maine must provide employees one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours... Continue Reading
    September 28, 2020
  • Paid Leave Law in Maine Passes Legislature and Waits for Governor Signature

    The Maine legislature recently passed An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave. If Governor Mills, who has been vocal in her support of the bill, signs the bill into law, it would take effect on January 1, 2021. The bill would require Maine employers with 10 or more employees working for more than 120 hours in...… Continue Reading The post Paid Leave Law in Maine Passes Legislature and Waits for Governor Signature appeared first on Disability, Leave & Health Management Blog.
    May 23, 2019
  • Former Winery Employees Awarded $11 million

    Plaintiffs Megan Meadowcroft and Amanda Brown, two winery employees, alleged that they had been harassed on numerous occasions by their supervisor, General Manager Pinero. Specifically, Brown alleged that Pinero attempted to flirt with her, and physically made contact with her. Meadowcroft alleged that Pinero made sexually explicit gestures, sexually explicit comments, put his hands on...… Continue Reading
    February 14, 2019