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Department of Labor Offering Impairment Detection Course for Employers on August 23

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 09:19:40 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, (207) 621-5009

Class registration or 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345)

AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge impairment detection course for employers on August 23 in Portland. Visit the class registration page at www.safetyworksmaine.gov or call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) to register for any class.

**Impairment Detection Training for Employers: Wednesday, August 23, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Glickman Library, USM, 314 Forest Ave, Portland, ME**

This training session is designed to help owners, managers and supervisors recognize and respond appropriately to employee impairment in the workplace in order to reduce worker accidents and injuries. Participants will be taught procedures to detect impairment regardless of the substance used or physical conditions such as illness, fatigue etc. that might be the cause. This class is designed to fulfill the federal DOT requirements for reasonable suspicion training of supervisors. In addition, participants will learn how to develop and implement policies that address impairment in the workplace and are in compliance with Maine's Substance Abuse Testing Law.

SafetyWorks! is not OSHA and cannot issue fines or citations to private businesses. While SafetyWorks! helps businesses of any size, priority is given to small businesses. The program trains about 8,000 people and consults at nearly 1,000 worksites in Maine each year. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit www.safetyworksmaine.com .

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine's regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine's workforce.

The State of Maine is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.



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Augusta Resident, UMF Student, Interns at the Maine Department of Labor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:24:02 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-This summer, Kelsey Rohman of Augusta participated in the Maine Government Summer Internship Program with the Maine Department of Labor. Rohman spent 12 weeks working for the department as an intern with the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS).

Rohman, a rising-Junior Psychology major with a minor in Rehab Services at the University of Maine Farmington, worked on various projects for the department. Rohman helped with organizational and clerical work throughout the department, BRS, the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and Maine CareerCenters. She frequently observed different aspects of varying departments, whether it be sitting in on an intake, traveling and coordinating with other CareerCenters, researching legislative and federal information for her co-workers, or photographing program participants and work-site sponsors.

"I cannot stress enough how extremely lucky I was to have had this opportunity to work for the State of Maine," said Rohman. "I have never met so many unique individuals who seem to genuinely care about helping others achieve their goals and aspirations regarding employment. Seeing this frame of mind towards a job is very inspiring and I hope to one day feel the same about an occupation."

"Kelsey was an enthusiastic contributor to the department this summer, and we appreciate her efforts on behalf of the people we serve," stated Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Internships help students learn skills that will help them as they transition into the workforce, and open them to a wide range of job opportunities in Maine. These work experiences play an important role in not only addressing the recruiting and retention challenges for our employers, but encourages young people to move to or stay in Maine."

The department administers Maine's unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state. The department has focused on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.

The Maine State Government Internship Program combines paid work experience with education. Administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine, it is a collaboration involving the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources and Maine state government agencies.

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Augusta Resident, Wagner College Student, Interns at the Maine Department of Labor

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:25:32 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-This summer, Benjamin Lucas of Augusta participated in the Maine Government Summer Internship Program with the Maine Department of Labor. Lucas spent 12 weeks working for the department as an Organizational Assistant for the Bureau of Labor Standards.

Lucas, a rising-Senior Political Science major at Wagner College in Staten Island, NY, worked on various projects for the department, including updating and organizing bureau policies and procedures and creating a formal template for the procedures to follow.

"Starting this internship, I wanted to gain experience and knowledge about how state government functions, and I learned a ton about how much the Department of Labor does for the people of Maine and how much state government can do," said Lucas. "It was a great experience learning about it."

"Ben was an enthusiastic contributor to the department this summer, and we appreciate his efforts on behalf of the people we serve," stated Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Internships help students learn skills that will help them as they transition into the workforce, and open them to a wide range of job opportunities in Maine. These work experiences play an important role in not only addressing the recruiting and retention challenges for our employers, but encourages young people to move to or stay in Maine."

The department administers Maine's unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state. The department has focused on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.

The Maine State Government Internship Program combines paid work experience with education. Administered by the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine. It is a collaboration involving the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources and Maine state government agencies.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.7 Percent in July

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:17:58 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 18, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192AUGUSTA - The statewide unemployment rate has been four percent or less for 22 consecutive months, the second longest stretch in over 40 years. The trend in payroll job growth continues to be positive.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.7 percent for July was up slightly from 3.5 percent in June and down from 4.0 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 1,500 over the year to 26,200.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for July was little changed from 4.4 percent for June and down from 4.9 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.1 percent.July unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.8 percent in New Hampshire, 3.1 percent in Vermont, 4.3 percent in Massachusetts, 4.3 percent in Rhode Island, and 5.0 percent in Connecticut.The employment to population ratio estimate of 61.8 percent remained above the U.S. average of 60.2 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 6,300 from one year ago to 624,400 in July. The largest job gains were in the healthcare, hospitality, and construction sectors.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.5 percent for July was down slightly from 3.7 percent one year ago. The lowest rates were 2.8 percent in Cumberland and Knox Counties and the highest was 5.4 percent in Washington County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.8 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (3.4 percent) and Bangor (3.7 percent) metro areas.August estimates will be released on Friday, September 15 (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 .Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .Monthly workforce estimates are cooperatively produced and released by the Maine Department of Labor, Center for Workforce Research and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.**NOTES**1. 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. A comparison of 2016 preliminary and revised unemployment rate estimates is available at www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/2016_workforce_data_revisions.pdf.2. The 90 percent confidence interval for statewide unemployment rates in 2017 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 www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/blogs/imprecise_data.pdf .4. 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 [...]



2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Kick-Off Event and Hiring Fair to be held August 29 at Augusta Armory

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:45:51 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 16, 2017Media Contacts: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009*The Campaign's goal is for 100+ employers to hire 100+ veterans during 100 days.*AUGUSTA- The 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign kicks-off at 8:30 a.m. on August 29 at the Augusta Armory, 179 Western Avenue, in a statewide effort to commit at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans and military family members during the 100-day period. Opening remarks from First Lady Ann LePage and Labor Commissioner John Butera will be followed by a hiring fair with more than 120 employers that are looking to recruit veterans, military family members and civilians. The event is open to the public."Through the Hire-A-Vet campaign, more employers are discovering the value veterans bring to their workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Ann and I fully support this successful initiative, and look forward to helping make this year's effort reach more employers and get more veterans good paying careers in our state. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to help us meet Maine's workforce needs. Veterans' skills include teamwork, leadership, technology, and tremendous discipline that can benefit all of our businesses."The Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, to include a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, recruiting and hiring assistance, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans and military family members. Employers who want to join the 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign can contact Steven Roy, Campaign Coordinator, at 207-624-5156 or MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.At the end of the 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, 147 employers had participated and 197 veterans were hired with an average placement wage of $22.23 per hour. Follow the campaign on social media with #MHAV17 and on Facebook, @MaineHireAVet.The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and their Veterans Count program, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Veterans, Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.Veterans, military family members and civilians seeking assistance in job search and training are encouraged to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter, which can be found online at www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations. Veterans Representatives and Career Counselors are available at each location. Employers that pledge to join the campaign are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate.Maine Department of Labor and Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.- END - **Exhibitors**- AAA Northern New England- Acadia National Park- Adecco- Aero Heating & Ventilating, Inc.- Anderson Merchandisers- AngleZ Behavioral Health Services- athenahealth- Backyard Farms- Bath Iron Works- Blane Casey Building Contractor, Inc.- Bonney Staffing- Boston Brands of Maine- Break of Day Mental Health Group- Capital Area Staffing Solutions, Inc.- Care & Comfort- Catholic Charities- Central Maine Healthcare- Cianbro- City of Augusta - Community Health & Counseling Services- Community Partners Inc. - Cumberland County Sheriff's Office- Cunningham Security Systems- Dead River Company- DuraLife-Integrity Composites LLC - EMHS- ESM, Inc.- Fedcap Rehabilitation Services, Inc.- Fisher Engineering- Freedom Xpress Inc.- Futureguard Building Products, Inc. - Geiger- General Dynamics - Saco- Goodwill Industries- Gorham Sand & Gravel- Hamilton Marine - Hancock Lumber- Hannaford- HMS Host- Hodgdon Green Elderly Care- Hutchins Trucking Co.- IDEXX- Irving Forest Products- J.S. Mc[...]



August Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:12:43 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2017Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600Media 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."In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation." 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.Training Orientation-Wednesday, August 16, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.For people over the age of 24 who live in Knox or Lincoln County and want to explore occupational training programs. People under the age of 25 can call 596-2600 for arrangements. All ages in Waldo County call 930-7047.Effective Interviewing Skills-Thursday, August 17, 9 a.m. to noonComputer Boot Camp-Tuesday mornings. Call to Schedule.To introduce the computer to people who have never used one before.Planning Your Job Search-Each Wednesday, 9 a.m. to noonThe latest tips and ideas a successful job search in today's labor market.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.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.Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "Rockland CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "Rockland CareerCenter."Rockland CareerCenter is located at 91 Camden St., Suite 201. It is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Mondays through Fridays except on holidays, and can be reached at 207-596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request [...]



August Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:05:36 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 10, 2017Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000Media 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. "In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation." 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.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, August 16, 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, August 23, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.**Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips. **Computer Boot Camp-All sessions are 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 - Tuesday, August 22**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 Aide 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 . **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 16 years of age and think you might benefit from training that could be classroom based or on the job, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to speak with a Workforce Solutions representative.**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 207-386-1664 or go to www.newventuresmaine.org Workshops are held at Brunswick Landing at the University College administrative offices, found on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on the first floor wing of Orion Hall, 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick.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 [...]



August Programs for Job Seekers at the Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:38:03 EDT

For Immediate Release: August 9, 2017Contact: Patty Perry, Bangor CareerCenter, 760-6302Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009BANGOR-Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor announces August programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. "In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation."**Employers Recruiting at the Tri-County CareerCenter in August**Employers with current openings that are scheduled to recruit at the CareerCenter include: Living Innovations, Bridges Home Services, Community Health & Counseling, OHI and Eastern Maine Health Systems. For days, times and type of positions, please see "Upcoming Job Fairs" at http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations/tri_county.shtml .**Resume Information Seminar - First and Third Tuesdays of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Learn the basic do's and don'ts of resume writing, how to use key words and phrases to catch an employer's attention, discover web sites for skills identification and learn how to produce a resume that will work for you. You will not have a resume in hand when you leave. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Interview Workshop - Fourth Tuesday of each month, 9 a.m. to noon**Join us to find out how to have the Ultimate Job Interview. Learn how to prepare for an interview, discover what employers are looking for and follow-up advice that will help you land the position you truly want. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session. **Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Information and Registration Session - Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon**This is an overview of services and programs available through WIOA to residents of the tri-county area to include intensive job search assistance, potential training opportunities and options like on-the-job training. It also includes eligibility requirements and information on accessing all of these services. Please complete your Maine JobLink registration prior to attending the workshop. Call 561-4050 to register for the next session.**GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session - Wednesdays, August 16, 23 and 30**Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! Registration required. Call Cindy at 207-561-4063 to reserve a seat.**Essentials of College Planning and Financial Aid - Presented by MEOC - Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call for an appointment or register online.**Steps for successful college enrollment, types of colleges and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adults, admission requirements and financial aid overview and completion. Please bring your last year's income tax forms to the workshop. To register call 1-800-281-3703. http://meoc.maine.edu/workshops/Sign-up for our CareerCenter newsletter in the blue box labeled "Get Notified" at http://www.maine.gov/labor for a full listing of events, news, programs and updates! CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a [...]



Notice of Rulemaking: Board of Occupational Safety and Health

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:03:43 EDT

AGENCY: 12-179 - Department of Labor (DOL), Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), Board of Occupational Safety and Health

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 2, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Industry Employment in the Public Sector

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P094

and

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: Ch. 3, Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Industry Employment in the Public Sector

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2017-P095

BRIEF SUMMARY: To update the rule to incorporate changes to the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations, 29 CPR, Part 1910 and 29 CPR, Part 1926, for Chapters 2 and 3, respectively, in accord with 26 MRS §565.

PUBLIC HEARING: None scheduled

COMMENT DEADLINE: Friday, September 1, 2017

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING / SMALL BUSINESS IMPACT INFORMATION / DOL RULEMAKING LIAISON: Jeanne St. Pierre Department of Labor, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0054. Telephone: (207) 621-5096. Email: Jeanne.StPierre@Maine.gov .

FINANCIAL IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any):

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 26 MRS §565

AGENCY WEBSITE: http://www.maine.gov/labor/ .

The Notice of Rulemaking is posted http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2017/080217.html

Links to the text of the proposed rules are available below.

The rules changes address the following OSHA regulations:

##1910 - General Industry, Changes as of June 1, 2017

New: Walking, Working Surfaces

Compliance Schedule

Most of the rule became effective January 17, 2017 in private sector.

https://www.osha.gov/walking-working-surfaces

##1926 - Construction Industry, Changes as of 06/01/2017

New: Silica

Compliance Schedule

Both standards (1910 and 1926) contained in the final rule took effect on June 23, 2016, after which industries have one to five years to comply with most requirements, based on the following schedule:

**Construction**-June 23, 2017, one year after the effective date-However, OSHA has delayed until September 23, 2017.

**General Industry**-June 23, 2018, two years after the effective date.

https://www.osha.gov/silica/



Nominations for Senior-Friendly Employer Awards due September 1 

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 13:18:13 EDT

*The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and enthusiasm.*

For Immediate Release: August 3, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA - Do you know of a senior-friendly business? Is your business a great place for seniors to work? The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee has opened nominations for 2017's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine.

"Silver Collar employers understand the value older workers provide to business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Maine's older citizens play a vital role in our economy as both workers and consumers. Businesses that recognize this will benefit both themselves and our state."

Older workers play an important role in Maine's workforce. Between 2014 and 2024, the impact of minimal population growth and an aging population on Maine's labor force will be partially offset by an expected increase in participation across age groups, particularly among our oldest workers. Maine is the oldest state in the United States, with a median age of 44.5 years. The Silver Collar Employer Award honors employers whose policies and practices match the needs of mature employees, capturing their skills and experience, strong work ethic, flexibility and enthusiasm.

Deadline for entry is Friday, September 1, 2017. For more information and to download the application, visit www.maine.gov/swb/committees/older_workers/index.shtml . Questions can be directed to the State Workforce Board at swb.dol@maine.gov or 207-621-5091 / TTY Maine Relay 711.

The State Workforce Board (SWB) is responsible for assisting Governor LePage in improving the state's business climate by designing and implementing strategies that help Mainers enter the workforce as well as advance by increasing their skills. For more information about the SWB or workforce development, visit http//www.maine.gov/swb .

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August Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 11:26:07 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2017Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009WASHINGTON COUNTY-CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or to upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume and cover letter writing software, Internet access, and O'Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge."In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation."Workshops are held at the Machias CareerCenter, 53 Prescott Dr., Ste. 1, Machias, unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone. To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/washingtoncountycareercenters .**GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session - Tuesdays, August 8, 15, 22 and 29**Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success! Registration required. Call Melanie at 207-255-1930.**Essentials of College Planning - Call for schedule and to register.**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and MEOC services in particular and touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career and study skills. The admission section reviews college options, the college search process and the application structure. The fundamentals of financial aid, including the filing process and the applications are covered in detail. Career options and counseling are introduced. Effective transitions into college, college readiness and study skills are discussed. To register, call 207-991-2851.**Financial Aid - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) - Call for schedule and to register.**The Financial Aid Workshop provides an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Discussion will include a review of the federal, state, school-based, and private funding sources. Upon completion of this workshop the student will be able to effectively access the funding they need to complete their college degree. An emphasis will be placed on student responsibility and an understanding of the full financial process and timetable. Participants should bring their last year's income details to the workshop. Participants should be current college students or prospective college students who have attended an earlier session of Essentials of College Planning Workshop with MEOC. To register, call 207-991-2851.Washington County CareerCenters, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1, in Machias and 1 College Drive in Calais, are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.gov .Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids a[...]



August Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 08:57:49 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 3, 2017 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, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability."In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation."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, August 7 and 21, 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 .**GATEways to Employment - Wednesday, August 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9 a.m. to Noon**Join this workshop for an overview of basic information on Resumes, Interviews and Job Search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Seats are limited, please call 324-5460 to register.**Employer Recruitments at the York County CareerCenter: CoWorx, MASIS and Manpower - Wednesdays, August 9, 16, 23 and 30, Noon to 3 p.m.**Current openings in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment is required. Please bring 2 valid forms of ID. Please check our website for updates and additions. Schedule is subject to change.**Monthly Job Fair at the CareerCenter - Monday, August 28, 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 our web site for the list of employers which will be updated as employers confirm attendance. No appointment required. Check http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/employment/jobfairs.shtm and our Facebook Page and Twitter for a list of participating employers. **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 August:**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 commu[...]



August Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 12:26:58 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 31, 2017Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 207-753-9094Media 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."In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation."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 at the CareerCenter - Monday, August 7, 10 a.m. to Noon**More than 20 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 - Wednesday, August 16, 9 a.m. to noon and Friday, August 18, 11 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 and training steps to achieve career goals. **Introduction to Self-Employment Workshop - Thursday, August 17, 10 a.m. to noon**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. Register by calling Karleen Andrews at 557-1885.**Interview Skills / Mock Interviews - Thursday, August 17, 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!**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Wednesday, August 23, 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.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, August 23, 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.**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, August 24, 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, please request by August 11 by calling 753-9005.**Gateway to Employment - Every Wednesday, 9 to 11 a.m.**Learn how the CareerCenter can help you!Provides an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills, as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search.**Training Orientation - Call to schedule**An overvie[...]



August Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:44:53 EDT

For Immediate Release: July 31, 2017Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces August programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career and employers in need of workers."In this tight labor market, Maine's businesses are finding it more difficult to recruit a skilled workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "There are tens of thousands of jobs available throughout our state. If you are looking for a new job, a better job, or training, Maine CareerCenters can help you find the right services and programs that will help build your confidence and improve your skills and techniques. You may even qualify for a scholarship. Take that first step and visit or contact your closest Maine CareerCenter to start the conversation."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.**Greater Portland CareerCenter Job Fair: Wednesday, August 2, Noon to 3 p.m.**More than two-dozen employers will be recruiting and accepting resumes at the Greater Portland CareerCenter's monthly job fair. Employers have the availability to use the resources of the Career Center for recruiting, interviewing, and testing, while job seekers are able to meet a variety of employers. A list of Employers who will be attending Job Fair can be found on the CareerCenter website at www.mainecareercenter.gov. Come dressed for success and bring copies of your resume.**Resume Information Seminar: Friday, August 4 and 18, 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 (CEW): Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8; Pre-Assessment on Thursday, August 3**This extensive and informative two-day 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, and research the required skills needed for these careers. Registration through Vocational Rehabilitation is required. Please call 822-3300 and ask for Vocational Rehabilitation to register.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesdays, August 9 and 23, 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 interested please call 822-3300 and ask to speak with the Counselor of the Day to sign up. Alternatively, you can view a video of the orientation online at http://www.maine.gov/rehab/vr_orientation.shtml .**Job Interview Workshop: Friday, August 25, 9 to 11 a.m.**Be prepared to successfully interview with the employer you want to work for and for the job you seek. In this workshop you will explore interview preparation and have the opportunity to practice the most commonly asked questions in an interview setting. You will learn how to make that great first impression to employers emphasizing your strengths and motivating employers to want to hire you. The workshop will give you tips on how to ans[...]



Hancock Fenton Named Chief Hearing Officer at Maine Department of Labor

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 11:12:09 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 28, 2017

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor is pleased to announce the hiring of Hancock "Hank" Fenton as the chief hearing officer and director of the Division of Administrative Hearings in the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. He is replacing Liz Wyman, who stepped down last fall.

Fenton most recently served as deputy counsel and advised Governor Paul R. LePage on matters relating to the Departments of Public Safety and Corrections. He graduated from Dickinson College where he majored in Political Science and then earned his J.D. cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law.

While in law school he served as a student attorney in the Office of the Maine Attorney General in the Litigation, Criminal, Consumer Protection and Child Protective divisions. He also volunteered at the Office of the York County District Attorney. In addition to his policy work in the Governor's Office, he has worked in a number of administrative areas including with the Governor's Board on Executive Clemency Pardons.

"We have looked forward to Hank joining the bureau," said John Feeney, director of the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. "He will work hard to continue the reforms in the unemployment system that the department has implemented over the past three years as recommended by both the Blue Ribbon Commission and USDOL. His knowledge of the policy process will help us continue to make recommendations for statutory changes that clarify Employment Security Law for employers and protect employees who have lost their job through no fault of their own."

Fenton expressed his enthusiasm to join the bureau. "I'm pleased to join the team at Labor," he said. "The unemployment system will be undergoing significant improvements in the next two years. This is the right time to join the effort to continuously improve the services we provide to both employers and workers."

Fenton started his new position July 17. The Department of Labor administers Maine's unemployment insurance system, helps ensure the safety of employees and provides workforce development leadership and vocational rehabilitation services throughout the state. The department focuses on connecting Mainers to jobs and helping businesses create jobs through strengthening our workforce development system, improving outreach to businesses and clarifying employment regulations.

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