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April 25, 2019

Elek A. Miller
Attorney Elek Miller to Speak as Keynote at the METDA Photocopier and Printer Showcase

The Maine Educational Technology Directors Association (METDA) has invited Elek Miller to be their keynote speaker at their inaugural Photocopier and Printer Showcase and Learning Event.  Elek will discuss the intersections of technology and the law, especially as it pertains to print, copy and document management. He will cover topics including privacy, copyright, human resources and document retention.

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April 19, 2019

David J. Backer
David Backer Reappointed to Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission

David Backer, Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for Trust and Estate Planning, was recently reappointed by the Maine Supreme Court to a fourth term as...

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April 18, 2019

Melissa A. Hewey
Melissa Hewey is Appointed to the Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee by Governor Mills

Governor Janet Mills recently signed an Executive Order creating a Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee and named its nine members including Drummond Woodsum attorney Melissa Hewey.  The Governor’s Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee will evaluate and advise Governor Mills on potential candidates for judicial appointments and reappointments.

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Maine Employers Are Prohibited from Using or Inquiring about Employment Applicant’s Compensation History

On Friday, April 12, 2019, Governor Mills signed a bill prohibiting employers from using or asking about a prospective employee’s compensation history “unless an offer of employment that includes all terms of compensation has been negotiated and made to the prospective employee, after which the employer may inquire about or confirm the prospective employee’s compensation history.” 

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The Federal Government Approves Maine's Medicaid Expansion

After nearly 1 ½ years of political and legal hurdles the federal government has approved Maine’s Medicaid expansion, making federal matching funds available to Maine as one of 37 states plus the District of Columbia that have expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

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Opportunities for Marijuana Establishments to Access Financial Services: Recent Advancements at the State and Federal Level

Currently, marijuana businesses and their employees are not able to deposit funds from their businesses into federally insured financial institutions or obtain loans from financial institutions because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.

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European Marijuana and CBD Market Opportunities: Reflections from Spannabis and the World Cannabis Conference in Barcelona

While marijuana and hemp continue to be burgeoning markets in the United States, international markets are also beginning to emerge offering additional opportunities to entrepreneurs in the cannabis space. The global legal cannabis industry is predicted to be a $32 billion a year market by 2022.  Just as understanding and navigating the siloed state regulatory regimes is critical to a national strategy, it is essential that any company exploring opportunities internationally have a robust appreciation of the international legal landscape and target markets. In a series of articles, we will explore the current legal status of marijuana and hemp around the world, starting with Europe, and specifically, Spain where Drummond Woodsum Attorney Malina Dumas recently attended the World Cannabis Conference and Spannabis.



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March 25, 2019

Vivian A. Mikhail
Vivian Mikhail Joins Drummond Woodsum’s Government Relations and Campaigns Practice

Drummond Woodsum Strategic Consulting is pleased to announce that Vivian A. Mikhailhas joined the firm’s government relations practice.  Vivian comes to Drummond Woodsum Strategic Consulting from the Maine Attorney General’s Office, where she served under Governor Janet T. Mills during two of the Governor’s terms as Attorney General.  There Vivian was responsible for all enforcement, legislative, regulatory, litigation and national arbitration matters involving the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.

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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes to Raise the Overtime-Exempt Salary Threshold Under the FLSA

On March 7, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (“USDOL”) proposed changes to the regulations governing the minimum salary required to qualify for the “white-collar” exemptions from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The proposed changes also address incentive-based pay, highly compensated employees, and how frequently salary threshold amounts under this rule should be revisited. 

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