Legal Briefs: News from Around NH

USDOL recovers $374k in back wages from Keene home health firm

Close Up Of An Open Law BookThe U.S. Labor Department has recovered nearly $375,000 in back wages and liquidated from a Keene-based home care service provider D+S Elder Services after finding that the company denied is employees overtime wages.

USDOL investigators charged the company with violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act after finding it failed to pay employees overtime wages for over 40 hours worked in a work week. The agency also said D+S didn’t pay employees for time spent traveling between worksites or track that time as hours worked.

D+S home healthcare workers provide companionship services and assist clients with daily living activities, including bathing, light housekeeping and medication reminders.

Manchester-based Wage and Hour Division District Director Steven McKinney said, “Healthcare workers often work long hours for low pay while providing vital services to the clients they assist. When employers deprive workers of their hard-earned wages, they make it harder for employees and their families to make ends meet. They may also make it harder for their businesses to retain and recruit the workers they need to operate.”

Pierce Atwood LLP named top firm for land use and zoning law

For the second consecutive year, Pierce Atwood has received a National Tier One ranking for its Land Use & Zoning Law practice in U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Law Firms” list.

The firm also received national rankings for its environmental litigation, patent, real estate, class actions, and energy law practices, and gained new Metropolitan Tier One rankings for its Appellate Practice in Maine, Employment Law/Management in Rhode Island, and Energy Regulatory Law in Washington, D.C., further illustrating Pierce Atwood’s growth and talent in offices firmwide.

McLane Middleton ranked Tier I in ‘Best Law Firms’

McLane Middleton ranked in ‘Best Law Firms’

McLane Middleton also has earned rankings on the U.S. News list, earning Metropolitan Tier 1 designation. The firm was ranked nationally in its Trusts & Estates practice and was ranked regionally in 44 practice areas, including appellate practice, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Education Law, Environmental Law and Government Relations Practice.

Jackson Lewis cited by U.S. News

Employment law firm Jackson Lewis’ Portsmouth office also has been recognized for excellence by U.S. News and earned a Tier 1 Metropolitan designation in Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management and Litigation-Labor & Employment

Boston pays $2.1m to settle Christian flag case

The city of Boston has agreed to pay more than $2.1 million to New Hampshire-based Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal organization that backed a court challenge after the city refused to fly a Christian flag outside City Hall.

The settlement, announced Tuesday by Liberty Counsel, covers attorneys’ fees and other costs associated with the legal battle that started in 2017 after Boston resident Hal Shurtleff and his Camp Constitution group asked to hoist the flag on one of three poles on City Hall Plaza to mark Constitution Day.

Between 2005 and 2017, the city approved 284 consecutive applications from private organizations to fly flags, with no denials, before it rejected Shurtleff’s proposal, Liberty Counsel said. The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in May that the city violated the free speech rights of Shurtleff because of his “religious viewpoint.”

The city has since passed an ordinance that clarifies the rules for flag raisings.

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