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Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

What is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act?

Legislatures have recently passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.  Let’s take a look at what the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) is. What is the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act? The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) will take effect on June 27th, 2023.  This new legislation enhances existing protections for pregnant

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What is at-will employment?

Navigating the employment landscape can sometimes feel like trying to find your way through a thick fog—especially when you hear the term “at-will employment.” You might be wondering, “What does this mean for me and my business? Can I really terminate employment at any time, for any reason? And what

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protected class

What is a protected class?

Operating a business comes with many compliance risks. While business owners have a lot of leeway to make employment decisions as they see fit, there are certain federal laws that protect individuals from being discriminated against. These individuals are part of groups known as protected classes. Continue reading for an

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Maine Changes Employment Discrimination and EEO Laws

Effective October 18th 2021, Maine has made some updates to its’ list of protected classes from employment discrimination. Maine employers are no longer able to ask applicants about their criminal record. This applies to asking applicants on an initial application due to employment discrimination.  Also, employers are prohibited from stating

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