January 1 Brings New Changes in Overtime Rules

As of January 1, 2020, federal regulations will change, and an estimated 1.3 million more workers will become entitled to overtime pay. Employers may have employees not currently overtime eligible who may become eligible due to changes in the new salary and compensation threshold levels for exempt employees.

Among other things, the new overtime rules update the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative, or professional employees from the Fair Labor Standard Act’s minimum wage and overtime pay requirements. Although there are exceptions, generally, an employee who makes less than $684/week will become eligible for overtime pay, regardless of whether they are compensated on a salary or hourly basis and regardless of whether they otherwise meet the “duties test” for the executive, administrative, or professional exemption. The new standard salary level of $684 per week is an increase from the standard salary level previously in effect of $455 per week.

If you have questions about whether the overtime rules impact your workplace or for more information, please contact the Sheehey employment lawyers at (802) 864-9891 or click here.

Mark E. Melendy to Speak at 2019 Tri-State Trust Forum

Sheehey Attorney Mark E. Melendy will speak at the 2019 Tri-State Trust Forum.  This two day conference will be held September 16-17 at the Marriott Residence Inn in Portsmouth, NH and is hosted by the New Hampshire Bankers Association in cooperation with the Maine Bankers Association and Vermont Bankers Association, Inc. Trust Committees.  Mark’s presentation will focus on state income taxation of trust income.

Mark’s practice at the firm focuses on estate planning, business succession planning, corporate law and estate administration and tax planning.  Mark was a member of the joint bar and banking committee charged with preparing the Vermont Trust Code for legislative approval.

For more information on this conference click here.

Daphne Moritz to Present on Inherited IRAs in Estate Planning

On October 2, 2019, Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., Estate Planning Attorney, Daphne Moritz, will present a national teleconference on Inherited IRAs and Estate Planning through the National Business Institute. This teleconference is designed for attorneys and also benefits accountants, CPAs, trust officers, and paralegals seeking to increase their knowledge of IRA rules and trusts. The conference will focus on IRA rollovers and minimum distribution rules to help clients maximize the benefits of inherited IRAs after the Supreme Court’s 2014 Clark v. Rameker decision. Topics include clarifying required minimum distribution rules and the best ways to comply; determining whether an IRA trust is a wise choice for your clients; and how to resolve multiple beneficiary challenges.

To register click here: https://bit.ly/2lBKHSw

Sheehey Voted Best Corporate Law Firm

Sheehey is proud to receive Vermont Business Magazine’s 2019 Best of Business Award for Best Corporate Law Firm.   In its third year, this award program celebrates the best Vermont companies in over 100 business-to-business categories.

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Estate Planning Attorney Daphne Moritz Presents Spring Cleaning Your Legal Affairs

Sheehey estate planning attorney Daphne Moritz kicked off a three-part series on Spring Cleaning Your Legal Affairs April 29th at the Thompson Center in Woodstock, Vermont.  The remaining two sessions are scheduled as follows:

May 14 – Long Term Care Planning and Aging Well (including residence options)

May 28 – Specific Topics in Estate Planning family dynamics, real estate matters, pet trusts and more

Daphne joined Sheehey in 2016 and practices in all areas of estate planning and administration. Daphne also focuses her practice on asset protection planning, addressing elders’ concerns, and helping families with family members who have special needs. 

Sheehey Attorney Ian Carleton Receives Pro Bono Award

On March 22, 2019, Sheehey Attorney Ian Carleton received the 2019 Pro Bono Service Award at the Vermont Bar Association’s mid-year meeting at Lake Morey Resort.

Judge Nancy Waples nominated Ian and cited his work as a Guardian Ad Litem as well as his extensive pro bono work representing clients in federal criminal defense cases. 

Ian joined the firm in 2003 and is a principal of the firm.  He regularly represents corporate and individual clients in civil and criminal matters in both state and federal court.  

This is the second time a Sheehey attorney has been received the Pro Bono Service award by the Vermont Bar Association in the past three years.  In 2016, the Vermont Bar Association recognized Kevin A. Lumpkin for his participation in a pro bono clinic sponsored by the civil division of the Chittenden Superior Court.

Sheehey Announces New Associate Attorney

The firm is pleased to announce that Mary G. Bouchard has been hired as an associate attorney effective January 1, 2019.

Mary was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 2018 after completing Vermont’s Law Office Study Program. Mary has been working at Sheehey since 2010, most recently as a paralegal. She has a wide range of experience within the firm’s energy, litigation, business services and employment practice areas.  Mary was recently named Secretary of the Women’s Division of the Vermont Bar Association.  Prior to joining the firm, Mary worked as a paralegal, a research assistant, and in the Buffalo, New York Court Clerk’s office.

Sheehey Announces New Principal and Director of the Firm

The firm is pleased to announce that Justin A. Brown has become a Principal and Director of the firm effective January 1, 2019.

Justin joined the firm in July of 2016.  His practice focuses on complex civil litigation, serving both businesses and individuals, as well as internal and government investigations.  Prior to joining the firm, Justin worked as an attorney at the Boston office of a global law firm.  In 2018, Super Lawyers magazine named Justin to its list of Rising Stars in New England for his work in Business Litigation. Justin serves on the board of Green Up Vermont and is a graduate of Vermont Law School (J.D. and Master’s of Environmental Law and Policy) and Tufts University (B.A.).

Sheehey Employment Practice Group Hosts Seminar

On October 4, 2018 Sheehey attorney’s Arline Duffy, Heather Ross, and Walter McCarthy presented a free Employment Law Seminar designed for business owners and HR professionals at Hotel Vermont.

Topics included an update on recent state legislative changes, with a focus on the impact of marijuana legalization, continuing challenges posed by the paid sick leave law, and limitations on wage and salary discussions in the workplace.  Sexual harassment in the workplace in light of the “me too movement” was also covered as well as practical tips and insights on how to successfully document interactions with employees.

Mark E. Melendy to Present at Estate Planning from A to Z Seminar

Sheehey attorney Mark E. Melendy will speak at the National Business Institute’s Estate Planning from A to Z seminar.  This 2-day course will be held November 29th and 30th at the Hilton Burlington.   This course is designed for attorneys, estate and financial planners, trust officers, paralegals, accountants and tax professionals.

Mark’s practice at the firm focuses on estate planning, business succession planning, estate administration and tax planning.  Mark was a member of the joint bar and banking committee charged with preparing the Vermont Trust Code for legislative approval.

For more information on this seminar click here.