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Rights of Special Education Students during COVID-19

Posted and up-to-date on 8/26/2020 - Cross posted on KidsLegal.org What do I need to know? There is still a lot of uncertainty around what school will look like in the Fall. What will happen at your child’s school will depend on where you live in Maine.  
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KIDS Legal and COVID-19

Posted and up-to-date on 4/22/2020 KIDS Legal wants you to know that during this difficult time, PTLA, including KIDS Legal remains open to new cases and committed to protecting the rights of children with disabilities.
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Rights of Maine Renters: Unsafe or Unfit Housing

Maine law gives tenants an "implied warranty of habitability." This means that your landlord must promise that your home is safe and fit to live in.
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Maine Sexual Assault Resources: Sexual Assault and Schools

If you (or your child) have been sexually assaulted at school, there are laws that can help protect you. One of the most important laws is called Title IX (Title Nine). Title IX says that schools that get federal funding cannot discriminate based on sex. This includes almost all elementary schools, high schools, and colleges. Title IX says that… More
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Do you owe $500 or more to your electric company?

If you're more than $500 in debt on your electric bill, this program may be able to help you. You pay just your current monthly electric bill, each month and on time. For each month that you pay your current bill, your electric utility company will wipe out 1/12 of what you owe them on your back bill. Learn about how to enroll!
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Do You Get Paid By Payroll Card? Know your rights under Maine and federal law

Introduction Many Maine employers are using payroll cards instead of paper checks or direct deposit to pay wages.  This is a growing trend around the country. Payroll cards may be good for some employees, but there are risks and hidden costs involved.  Here’s what you need to know. 
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Get a Refund on Your Property Taxes or Rent

Tax credits for people with low incomes who own their own homes or pay rent.
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Maine Homestead Exemption for Veterans

General Maine Homestead Exemption
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Repair and Deduct: a self-help tool for tenants

Maine law provides tenants with minor safety issues a self-help "Repair and Deduct" remedy.  You can find a sample form here.
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Worker Classification: Employee vs. Independent Contractor

What is worker classification? Why does it matter how I'm classified? How can I tell which way I've been classified? I think I should be classified as an employee but how do I know?