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Free Labor Posters Including the New Maine 2017 Minimum Wage Poster

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 17:22:19 EST

**Minimum Wage for overtime-eligible employees:** $9 per hour. These employees can be paid by several different methods, including by salary. See the guidance here http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/overtime.html regarding different pay methods allowed under state and federal law. Employers have the right to allow or deny overtime, but if overtime is worked, it must be paid at 1.5 times the regular rate of pay. Compensatory or "comp" time cannot be used by private-sector employers, although private-sector employers can allow employees to flex their time within the work week (but not the pay period if the pay period is longer than a seven day cycle).

**Minimum Salary for overtime-exempt employees:** The new minimum salary requirement will be $519.24 per week, up from the federal minimum of $455 per week. State law requires that overtime-exempt employees be paid an annual salary that "exceeds 3,000 times the State's minimum hourly wage or the annualized rate established by the United States Department of Labor under the federal FLSA, whichever is higher" (26 MRS Sec. 663(3)(K)).

**Posters:** Employers are required to display certain posters in the workplace where workers can see them. The new 2017 Maine Minimum Wage poster, along with the federal minimum wage poster, must be displayed as of January 7, 2017. Employers must display these posters regardless of whether they employ any overtime-eligible employees.

The state and federal posters linked below meet the full legal requirements and can be downloaded and printed free of charge. For more information about individual posters, call the agencies listed on this web page: http://www.maine.gov/labor/posters/index.html .

Employers with a physical location in the City of Portland must also display the Portland poster, available from the city: http://www.portlandmaine.gov/1671/Minimum-Wage .

The latest Employer Update from the Maine Department of Labor provides additional information on the new Minimum Wage, Marijuana Legalization and the Workplace, Training help through Maine-at-Work and more: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/1767eb5 .

Topics include: - New Minimum Wage and Overtime-Exempt Minimum Salary Take Effect in Maine Jan. 7 - What Employers Need to Know about Marijuana Legalization - Need to Hire Skilled Employees? Upskill Staff? Help Funding Training? - 2017 Tax Rate and Array Charts Available - Submitting H-2B Related Job Orders - Impairment Detection Training for Employers - Upcoming Job Fairs






January Programs for Job Seekers at the Presque Isle CareerCenter

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 10:12:47 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2016 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 207-760-6300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

PRESQUE ISLE - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces January programs for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

"Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also like the CareerCenter on Facebook. Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

**Financial Aid - Tuesdays, January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 9 a.m.**

Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-3703 or http://meoc.maine.edu .

**Maine JobLink Resume Creation - Wednesdays, January 4 and 18 at 9 a.m.**

Learn how to create a resume utilizing the Maine JobLink resume tool

**Creating Winning Resumes - Fridays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 9:00 a.m.**

Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 207-760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.gov .

Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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The latest Employer Update from the Maine Department of Labor: Minimum Wage, Marijuana, training help through Maine-at-Work & more

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 17:12:45 EST

Topics include: - New Minimum Wage and Overtime-Exempt Minimum Salary Take Effect in Maine Jan. 7 - What Employers Need to Know about Marijuana Legalization - Need to Hire Skilled Employees? Upskill Staff? Help Funding Training? - 2017 Tax Rate and Array Charts Available - Submitting H-2B Related Job Orders - Impairment Detection Training for Employers - Upcoming Job Fairs

Find it at: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/1767eb5



Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in January

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 12:08:54 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, (207) 621-5009 Class registration or 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345)*Space is available for classes in Augusta and Bangor where noted.*AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers and employees throughout January. Visit the class registration page at www.safetyworksmaine.gov or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class."A no-cost, confidential, onsite consultation by the Department of Labor's health and safety experts can help employers provide a safer workplace for their employees and reduce worksite injuries, illnesses and even fatalities, not to mention save costs related to workers' comp, reduced productivity or finding replacement workers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "A worksite that's safe for all is good business for companies, their workers and those workers' families." Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees in the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta, unless otherwise noted.**Accident Investigation/Injury Analysis: Wednesday, January 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**When work doesn't go as planned, accidents and near-misses happen. Investigating these incidents can prevent similar or even more serious problems from happening. Learn how to conduct a thorough accident/incident investigation and how to use your results to prevent future accidents.**Forklift Operator Safety: Monday, January 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.**This class is designed for new operators. The instruction will involve classroom and hands-on training. Training will include performing a forklift inspection and use of the department's forklift simulator. This training does not meet the requirements to qualify the participants to be a "qualified operator;" only the employer can provide such certification.**Trenching and Excavation: Tuesday, January 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak St # 3, Bangor, ME**You will learn the dangers to employees, soil classifications, OSHA requirements, and the types of protective systems to prevent cave-ins. You will also learn what is meant by "competent person." Space is limited, reservations are required.**10-Hour Construction Standards: Thursday, January 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Friday, January 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**This one-and-a-half-day course offers basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two.**Mine Safety and Health Administration: Refresher: Wednesday, January 18, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.**The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires all surface mining (i.e., stone crushing, gravel pit, etc.) employees to receive eight-hour annual training. This one-day course will cover generic MSHA training. However, site specific training will also need to be conducted once you return to your respective job sites.**How to Conduct a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessment: Thursday, January 19, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**This course is designed to assist you in developing a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program and how to organize your PPE needs. Employers must conduct a hazard assessment before requiring employees to use PPE. The assessment provides information needed to select the appropriate PPE for the hazards at the workplace. Learn how to conduct a hazard assessment in this hands-on class.**Hazard Communication, Global Harmonization and Chemical Substitution: Monday, January 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Hazard Communication (HazCom) is one of the top three most frequently cited OSHA standards. In 2012, it was updated to reflect the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Manufacturer[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:14:32 EST

For Immediate Release: December 22, 2016 Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces January programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."Events are held at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, unless otherwise noted. Maine veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.**Gateways to Employment: Tuesday, January 3, 1 to 4 p.m.**This is the first workshop in a group of workshops offered for job seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. Topics include assessing individual abilities, interests and skills; discovering the "hidden job market;" cover letter tips; job search strategies; and other resources for job seekers. This workshop is targeted to both first time job seekers and those who have not yet been successful in their job search. Pre-registration is necessary. Contact the Reception Desk at 822-3300 to register.**Greater Portland CareerCenter Job Fair: Wednesday, January 4, Noon to 3 p.m.**2017 is a New Year, and a great time for a new job! This highly popular, monthly job fair provides Job Seekers and Employers a convenient place to meet. Employers are able to use the resources of the Career Center for recruiting, interviewing, and testing. Employers will be available to accept resumes, and/or interview, and answer question on positions for which they are recruiting. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume. A list of employers can be found online at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtml .**Veteran's Career Connection and Collaboration Council: Friday, January 6, 9 to 11 a.m.**Are you a Veteran looking for work? Come join the Portland Job Search Group run by Veterans for Veterans. You will be able to meet, network, and share best practices with fellow Veteran job seekers. A Veteran CareeerCenter Consultant and a panel of Veteran professionals will be able to discuss job search issues and other issues that you feel are creating a barrier to your successful employment. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. You may register by emailing, allen.blackstone@maine.gov.**Resume Information Seminar: Friday, January 6 and 20, 9 to 11 a.m.**This is a not-to-be-missed workshop that will teach you how to write a dynamic resume. It provides you with the tools to promote and target your qualifications to directly match the employer's needs. You will learn how to insure that your resume and cover letter make the best first impression to employers. Registration is required as the workshops fill up quickly. Please call the Reception desk at 822-3300 to register.**Career Exploration Workshop: Monday, January 9 and Tuesday, January 10**This extensive and informative workshop is offered to Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) clients at the Greater Portland CareerCenter. VR clients will be able to explore a variety of career paths. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesday, January 11 and 25, 10 to 11:30 a.m.**This program assists eligible individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and maintain viable employment, and provides persons with disabilities information and services to assist them to overcome barriers to employment. Assistance with job search and job placement is also discussed. If [...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 09:20:49 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 22, 2016 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers. "Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together - Wednesday, January 4, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.**Explore your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today's job market.**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, January 5, 9 a.m to noon**Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market. **Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop - Wednesday, January 11, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Covers the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter. **Effective Job Interviewing Workshop - Wednesday, January 18, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Computer Boot Camp - Individual sessions held by appointment only.**Basic Instruction on how to use a computer for work search purposes. (Intended for novice computer users only).**The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:****Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Thursdays, January 10 and 24**Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For times and to register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Small Business Start Up Workshop - Thursday, January 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. **Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson will walk you through the keys to successful business startup and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?Workforce Solutio[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:21:29 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2016 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009ROCKLAND-The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers."As employers hire for the winter season and in preparation of 2017, no Mainers should feel that the job market is too competitive for them. There are good-paying jobs available," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine JobLink has about 10,000 jobs from hundreds of local employers, and our CareerCenters continue to hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies looking to hire. Visit your closest CareerCenter to help you find a job by improving your resume and practicing for that interview, not to mention many opportunities to train for a new career."Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Career Directions/ Putting the Pieces Together- Thursday, January 5, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today's job market.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Monday, January 9, 1 to 3 p.m**Introduction to services for job seekers who have a disability that makes it difficult to obtain or keep a job.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing - Thursday, January 12, 9 a.m to noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Business Start-Up - Tuesday, January 17, 1 to 3 p.m.**Introduction to creating a business plan, with business counselor David Hill of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. **Effective Interviewing Skills - Thursday, January 19, 9 a.m. to noon**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.**Planning Your Job Search - Thursday, January 26, 9 a.m. to noon**Designed to help you with the latest tips and ideas to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.**Computer Boot Camp - Tuesday mornings**Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce the computer to people who have not used one before.**Rockland CareerCenter also features sessions led by our partner organization.****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 25 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Rockland CareerCenter at 207-596-2600 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative. Interested applicants between 16 and 24 years of age should contact the Workforce Solutions office at 930-7047.**New Ventures Maine** offers no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call their Brunswick Administrative office at 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org . Greater Rockland office located at University College Rockland, 91 Camden Street Suite #402 Rockland, Maine 04841.Follow and keep track of our latest eve[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:09:40 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2016 Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009WILTON-For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in January. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800."Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Thursday, January 5, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.**This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the first Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.**Employer Expectations-Wednesday, January 11, 1 to 3 p.m.**The workshop will cover the following topics: Creating a Great Resume, Preparing for Your Interview, Preparing for a New Job. Individual follow-ups may occur for Resume Critique as requested. This workshop is facilitated by Barclaycard US. It is not a recruitment effort for Barclaycard US; it is a workshop for people applying for all different types of jobs. Slots are limited; please call 645-5800 to RSVP.**Rumford Area Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation-Wednesday, January 18, 2 to 4 p.m.**Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, METhis is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults-Thursday, January 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular. This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The Financial Aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please call to pre-register: 1-800-281-3703 for this session.**Introduction to Self-Employment-Monday, January 23, 1 to 3 p.m.**This one-session workshop will help you decide if self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, the major elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. There is no fee for this class. There is limited class space and pre-registration is required. To register or for more information contact Karleen Andrews at New Ventures Maine, 207-557-1885 or karleen.andrews@maine.edu**Rumford Area Resume and Interviewing Skills-Tuesday, January 31, 1 to 2:30 p.m.**Held at Region 9--School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, MEExplore the basics of resumes and applications and learn how to make your resume and interview standout in a positive way. Learn to market yourself in a way that directly matches employer needs. "Tough" interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Please call 645-5800 to sign up.**Small Business Trainings-Call for more information**Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops:- "Starting Your Own Small Business" - "Access to Capital" - "Federal and State Resources for Small Business"Most of these workshops are two [...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Skowhegan CareerCenter

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:04:24 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2016 Contact: Peter Diplock, Skowhegan CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, (207) 621-5009SKOWHEGAN- Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in January."Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available."All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.**Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History-Tuesday, January 3, 1 to 2 p.m.**Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? Looking for tips on how to respond to those hard to answer questions? This workshop will help you become a successful job seeker. Please register in advance as space may be limited (workshops start promptly at scheduled time. Please understand admittance may not be possible after the start time). **Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Tuesdays, January 3 and 17, 1 to 3 p.m.**This workshop provides valuable tips on completing job applications, the importance of cover letters, resume content and formatting, resume writing using computer software programs and much more. Learn why having a great resume is so important in today's job market. A well written resume can get your foot in the door, and the interview - the next step to employment.**It All Starts Here-Monday, January 9, 1 to 3 p.m.**Take the first step towards a great career. In this valuable session you can pinpoint your interests and strengths and find career options that have real potential. This highly validated and reliable vocational assessment is the start in determining your future path or career. Are you investigative? Are you realistic? Are you enterprising or social? This self-directed assessment test will assist in determining a career or vocation choice based upon your personality traits. Find out what types of careers are right for you, right now! "Sometimes you need a change, and sometimes a change is your only option."**Successful Interviewing Skills -Tuesday, January 10, 1 to 3:30 p.m.**Gain the confidence needed to ace that interview and get the job! Go in thoroughly prepared and positive you are the applicant the employer needs! Successful Interviewing Skills Workshop covers communication techniques, before-the interview research, attitude and appearance, examples of questions you may be asked, what you can ask the employer, post interview follow-up, and more. Discuss all the "Do's and Dont's" and what to expect during the process.**Training Program Orientation-Monday, January 30, 1 to 3 p.m.**Do you have the skills you need to advance in your career or get a new job? Thinking about education or training options that will help you get ahead? If you qualify, CareerCenters can work with you to set goals, find training and identify financial resources to make your plan possible. CareerCenters are the providers of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) services in Maine. If you live in Somerset County, the Skowhegan CareerCenter may be able to help.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults -** To be announced. Please check http://meoc.maine.edu/workshops/workshop-scheduleThis interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The financial aid portion of this worksho[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:32:08 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2016 Contact: Dawn Self- Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009SPRINGVALE-The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available. "CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop - Mondays, January 9, 23 and 30, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.**A FREE interactive workshop that outlines the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning, and study skills. The workshop lasts approximately two or three hours. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC's website, meoc.maine.edu .**Resume and Interview Coaching - Tuesday, January 10, 9 a.m. to noon**Your resume is your marketing tool that helps you land the all-important interview. Join us and learn the do's and don'ts of resume writing and how to stand out in a positive way. Then we'll show you how to emphasize your skills and motivate the interviewer to hire you. Call today to reserve a seat.**Monthly Job Fair - Monday, January 23, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.**Explore your next employment opportunity. Representatives from several companies will be here interviewing for current openings. Please check the web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment requiredEmployer Recruitments for January at the York County CareerCenter - please check our website for additions and updates.**CoWorx, and MASIS - Will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 4, 11, 18 and 25**Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring two valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**Competitive Skills Scholarship Program -** The Competitive Skills Scholarship helps workers learn new skills and succeed in a changing economy. The program is open to all qualified Maine residents and pays for education and training for high-wage jobs in demand in Maine. York County is currently accepting applications for the program. For more information or to download an application please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/cssp.shtml .**The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in January:****Workforce Solutions** administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 207-571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.**New Ventures Maine -** Helping Maine people succeed in their jobs, businesses, and communities. We help individuals recognize strengths, overcome barriers, find resources, develop a plan, and take action towards their goals: start a business, find a career, return to school, build assets, and be active in the community. Lookin[...]



January Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 10:27:43 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2016 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009LEWISTON - The Lewiston CareerCenter continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."Mainers looking for a new or better job should connect with their local Maine CareerCenter," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There is no-cost help available to improve your job search with a better resume and interview tips, workshops for people of various backgrounds, and computer labs for online job searches and word processing. Training for a new career may also be available. "CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Lewiston unless otherwise noted.**Job Fair - Monday, January 9, 10 a.m. to Noon**More than 30 employers, all of whom are hiring, will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an "interview-like" conversation; and dress to impress!**Career Decision Making - A two-part workshop - Tuesday, January 10, 9:00 a.m. to noon and Friday, January 13, 10:00 a.m. to noon**Review the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information you gain from assessments to identify career & training steps to achieve career goals.**Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop, Thursday, January 12, 9 to 11 a.m.**This introductory workshop will help you decide whether self-employment is the right choice for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the elements of a business plan, and the many resources available to help you succeed. To register contact Karleen Andrews at 207-557-1885.**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, January 19, 9 to 11 a.m.**How to complete paper and online job applications. Somali interpreter will be on hand; if other language interpreters are needed, request by January 13.**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Thursday, January 19, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing; how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself-on paper-in a way that directly matches employer needs. Computers will be available and you will be able to compose a draft resume with staff assistance. Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink. Must be able to type your own resume.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, January 19, 2 to 4 p.m.**Attend this workshop to learn the basics about interviewing and get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview. Session will include a brief overview of interview skills and employer expectations and will also include mock interviews so that you can practice, get feedback, and observe other participants!**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, January 25, 2 to 3 p.m.**For people who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Registration not required.**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider the "Job Search Skills" workshop. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register for the Lewiston location. **Essentials of College Planning for Adults - Call to sch[...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 4.0 Percent in November

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 10:16:03 EST

The Maine Department of Labor, in conjunction with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released November workforce estimates for Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.0 percent was unchanged from October and little changed from 4.1 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was little changed over the year at 27,500.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.6 percent was down from 4.9 percent in October and 5.0 percent one year ago.The employment to population ratio estimate of 60.8 percent remained above the U.S. average of 59.7 percent.The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.6 percent. Rates for other states were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 3.2 percent in Vermont, 2.9 percent in Massachusetts, 5.3 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.7 percent in Connecticut.Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .**Payroll Survey Estimates** - The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate of 612,300 for November was up 2,700 from one year ago. Most job growth was in the hospitality, healthcare, and education sectors.Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.8 percent for November was little changed from 3.9 percent one year ago. Rates ranged from 3.1 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc Counties to 5.7 percent in Aroostook County. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (3.1 percent) and Lewiston-Auburn (3.5 percent) metro areas, and at the average in the Bangor (3.8 percent) metro.December estimates will be released on Friday, January 20 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .NOTES1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including rates (labor force participation, employment, and unemployment rates), and levels (labor force, employed, and unemployed) tend to move in a direction for several months and then reverse course. Those directional trends are largely driven by a smoothing procedure and may not indicate a change in underlying workforce conditions. Annual revisions (published in March each year) tend to moderate or eliminate those directional patterns.2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2016 is 0.7 percentage points above or below the published estimate each month.3. To assess employment growth, we recommend looking at nonfarm jobs from the payroll survey rather than resident employment from the household survey. The payroll survey is larger, has smaller margins of error, and is subject to smaller revisions. More on the differences in accuracy of the two measures is at http://cwri.blogspot.com/2016/04/reports-that-maine-is-losing-jobs-are.html4. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month because there is variability in the sample of reporting employers and their representativeness for the universe of all employers. Additionally, seasonal adjustment is imperfect because weather, the beginning and ending of school semesters and holidays, and other events do not always occur with the same timing, which can exacerbate monthly volatility. Users should look to the trend over multiple months rather than the change from one specific month to another. Estimates for the period from October 2015 to September 2016 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2017. Those benchmar[...]



New Minimum Wage and Overtime-Exempt Minimum Salary Take Effect in Maine Jan. 7

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 12:11:56 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2016 MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009 *Labor Department will take temporary non-enforcement position on tip credit and minimum overtime-exempt salary pending legislative or federal action*AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor advises employers of their legal obligations to workers related to the passage of changes to the state minimum wage via the ballot initiative Question 4."Many employers and employees are unaware of the relationship between the minimum wage in Maine and the minimum salary that an exempt worker must be paid, and many legislators have announced a bill to restore the tip credit," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "It is entirely appropriate for the Department of Labor to take time to help employers and workers understand and comply with the law without taking them to task.""Of course we expect employers to comply with the law," explained Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. "However, as we have seen with the federal overtime-exempt rule announced this year, employers did a lot of work to comply, and then the injunction put everything on hold, creating confusion for both workers and employers. We want to avoid a similar situation under state law."Here is what employers need to know about the minimum wage law in Maine.**Effective date:** Jan. 7, 2017 (30 days after the Governor has certified the election results). **Employers affected:** Maine statutes incorporate by reference the salary requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The FLSA has "enterprise and individual coverages" to determine whether a business is subject to the law; however, Maine labor laws do not have such thresholds. Any business operating in the state with one employee is automatically covered by state law. This includes all public and private employers regardless of profit or size. **Minimum Wage for overtime-eligible employees:** $9 per hour. These employees can be paid by several different methods, including by salary. See the guidance here http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/overtime.html regarding different pay methods allowed under state and federal law. Employers have the right to allow or deny overtime, but if overtime is worked, it must be paid at 1.5 times the regular rate of pay. Compensatory or "comp" time cannot be used by private-sector employers, although private-sector employers can allow employees to flex their time within the work week (but not the pay period if the pay period is longer than a seven day cycle). **Minimum Salary for overtime-exempt employees:** The new minimum salary requirement will be $519.24 per week, up from the federal minimum of $455 per week. State law requires that overtime-exempt employees be paid an annual salary that "exceeds 3,000 times the State's minimum hourly wage or the annualized rate established by the United States Department of Labor under the federal FLSA, whichever is higher" (26 MRS §663(3)(K)). Salary is only one factor in determining whether a worker is exempt from overtime under federal or state law. The duties of each worker must be considered as part of this analysis. Failure to adhere to both requirements-meeting the duties test and the weekly salary threshold-will result in violations of both federal or state law or of one jurisdiction or the other depending on the discrepancies in the laws.**Tip Credit:** Starting Jan. 7, 2017, the minimum direct service wage for tipped employees must be increased from one-half the minimum wage (currently $3.75) to $5 per hour and increased by an additional $1 per hour each year until it reaches the same amount as the annually adjusted state minimum wage. The tip credit an employer may take in 2017 for service employees who customarily earn more[...]



Unemployment Claimants Reminded to File Online

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 14:29:05 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2016 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009 *System maintenance scheduled for Dec. 11; Claimants who previously had Maine JobBank accounts need to reactivate their new Maine JobLink account before filing an initial claim* AUGUSTA-Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette urges people who anticipate that they will be filing unemployment claims now through early in the new year to file online and to make sure that they are fully registered on the Maine JobLink. As winter and post-holiday seasonal layoffs occur at businesses around the state, claim volumes increase. Claimants must be registered on Maine JobLink, including a resume, before they will be allowed to file a continuing claim. They must also be available, able and actively seeking work while collecting unemployment, to include taking temporary jobs. Governor Paul R. LePage advised, "Our employers need good workers. A temporary job can provide additional income to supplement unemployment, allow individuals to gain new skills, and help employers in this tight labor market. Our goals are to help people who have lost a job return to the workforce as soon as possible and increase the overall income of people who tend to work seasonally." Paquette stated, "If you are laid off, the best way to apply for unemployment is to file online at the Department of Labor's unemployment website at www.file4ui.com . You must also register with Maine JobLink at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov . She added, "Due to required system maintenance, it will be a good idea to check the website a few days in advance of when you plan to file your claim to be able to plan periodic outages." System maintenance is planned for Sunday, Dec. 11 (subject to change) and will affect the entire unemployment system. As part of the process for filing an unemployment claim on the website or by phone, all individuals will be checked for an active and complete JobLink registration. Those who do not have an active or completed JobLink account will be required to register before filing their next claim. Individuals who have already taken that step will be able to file their claim more quickly and may avoid having to call the department and experience a long wait time on the phone. Here are some helpful tips to keep your Maine JobLink account active while you look for work. Unemployment claimants are reminded that they must have a complete and active profile every week in which they file for benefits. **Answers to Frequently Asked Questions** are available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/mjb.shtml . Additional tips on activating and maintaining your Maine JobLink account when filing for unemployment are available at http://www.file4ui.com .**I had an account in the old Maine Job Bank. What happened to my information? How do I get to it? **- Your Maine Job Bank account transferred to the new Maine JobLink system. In order for you to file for benefits, the unemployment system must see that your Maine JobLink account is complete. - Specific login information to your new Job Seeker account has been sent to the email address on file in your Maine Job Bank account. If you are not sure whether you were sent an email, check your junk or spam email folder for a message from "Maine DOL." You will be required to reset your password in order to gain access to your account. You will be asked a security question as part of that process. If you need assistance with your Maine JobLink account, contact your closest Maine CareerCenter at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations/index.shtml .- Make sure all required question are answered by clicking on "My Profile." Select "Personal Information," click on "[...]



Maine Department of Labor's summer update e-newsletter for employers is now available.

Fri, 15 Jul 2016 16:51:27 EDT

The Maine Department of Labor's update for employers is now available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/1561286#link_1460736795591 .

The Summer 2016 issue features include: - USDOL's New Overtime Rules and How they Apply in Maine - Maine JobLink-New Job Matching Service - Loan Program for People with Disabilities Seeks Bids for New Provider - Federal OSHA Penalties to Increase Aug. 1 - Federal OSHA Will Target High-Hazard Occupations in 2016 - Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign 2016 Kick-off: Job Fair & Military 101, Sept. 1, Augusta Armory - Nominations of Senior-Friendly Businesses Sought for 2016 Silver Collar Award