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Maine Department of Labor Revises Rules under the Employment Security Act

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:59:39 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8th, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Unemployment Insurance Commission has revised four chapters of rules governing the state's unemployment insurance program administered by the Maine Department of Labor.

The state has adopted changes to four chapters.

Revisions to Chapter 9, Able and Available Requirements (rule number: 2017-P084), clarify eligibility for claimants who are only available for part-time work; provide factors for consideration in determining whether a claimant has an acceptable means of transportation to get to a job or to an area in which there are sufficient job opportunities; and clarify the application of the able and available requirements to claimants who are absent from their labor market area.

Revisions to Chapter 16, Benefits Paid to Illegal Aliens (rule number: 2017-P085 2017-P084), update references to federal agencies regarding immigration and add a provision to Section 2(A) permitting the use of other documentation as approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that the rule does not need to be updated to reflect each new piece of documentation that DHS approves.

Revisions to Chapter 19, Other Remuneration (rule number: 2017-P086), simplify the allocation rules for "other remuneration" and modify the treatment of bonus payments to make it more consistent with the Employment Security Law.

Revisions to Chapter 20, Unemployment Fraud or Misrepresentation by Claimants (rule number: 2017-P087), remove the certified mail requirement from Section 2(B) and remove Section 2(C), as it is not legally required and not appropriate in all circumstances. Instead, the agency will prepare a standard operating procedure or other policy as to the methodology for interviewing the claimant in a fraud or misrepresentation case.

View the adopted changes to the rules here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/lawsandrules.shtml

The Employment Security Act is the governing statute for the unemployment insurance program in Maine, including both the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.

Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded solely by unemployment taxes paid by employers; employees do not pay into the unemployment system.

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

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Maine Department of Labor Revises Rules under the Employment Security Act

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:54:25 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8th, 2017 Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Unemployment Insurance Commission has revised four chapters of rules governing the state's unemployment insurance program administered by the Maine Department of Labor.

The state has adopted changes to four chapters.

Revisions to Chapter 9, Able and Available Requirements (rule number: 2017-P084), clarify eligibility for claimants who are only available for part-time work; provide factors for consideration in determining whether a claimant has an acceptable means of transportation to get to a job or to an area in which there are sufficient job opportunities; and clarify the application of the able and available requirements to claimants who are absent from their labor market area.

Revisions to Chapter 16, Benefits Paid to Illegal Aliens (rule number: 2017-P085 2017-P084), update references to federal agencies regarding immigration and add a provision to Section 2(A) permitting the use of other documentation as approved by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) so that the rule does not need to be updated to reflect each new piece of documentation that DHS approves.

Revisions to Chapter 19, Other Remuneration (rule number: 2017-P086), simplify the allocation rules for "other remuneration" and modify the treatment of bonus payments to make it more consistent with the Employment Security Law.

Revisions to Chapter 20, Unemployment Fraud or Misrepresentation by Claimants (rule number: 2017-P087), remove the certified mail requirement from Section 2(B) and remove Section 2(C), as it is not legally required and not appropriate in all circumstances. Instead, the agency will prepare a standard operating procedure or other policy as to the methodology for interviewing the claimant in a fraud or misrepresentation case.

View the adopted changes to the rules here: http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/lawsandrules.shtml

The Employment Security Act is the governing statute for the unemployment insurance program in Maine, including both the Unemployment Insurance Commission and the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation.

Unemployment insurance provides a temporary source of income to individuals who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. Unemployment insurance is funded solely by unemployment taxes paid by employers; employees do not pay into the unemployment system.

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

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December Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:44:00 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 29, 2017Contact: Pat Curtiss, Wilton CareerCenter, (207) 645-5831Media Contact: Laura Hudson, 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 December. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800."Maine employers are hiring everywhere you look," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The best way out of poverty, to support your family or yourself, is a good-paying job with benefits. You don't have to find one on your own. Maine CareerCenters hold monthly job fairs with dozens of companies hiring immediately. They also offer job search counseling and assistance, and hold free workshops to help you prepare your resume or for an interview. Find your closest CareerCenter at mainecareercenter.gov." **Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Thursday, December 7, 9 to 10:30 a.m.**This is an orientation for people with disabilities who are considering vocational rehabilitation services. Orientations are held the 1st Thursday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required**Employer Expectations - Wednesday, December 13, 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. **MEOC-101-Essentials of College Planning - Thursday, December 14, 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.**Rumford Area - Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation - Wednesday, December 20, Region 9 School of Applied Technology, 377 River Rd, Mexico, 2 to 4 p.m.**This 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 **Small Business Trainings**Small Business Administration will be offering three different workshops "Starting Your Own Small Business" Access to Capital" and "Federal and State Resources for Small Business" Most of these Workshops are two hours long. For more information please call Bill Card @ 1-207-622-8555 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 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is 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 and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.- end [...]



Unemployment Insurance Filing System Down for Upgrade Starting November 30

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:51:02 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 27, 2017Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009*Current filing systems will be down for the transition starting 4 p.m. on November 30*AUGUSTA-Maine Department of Labor is launching a new unemployment claims filing system in early December called ReEmployME (ME is pronounced "Maine"). All current unemployment filing systems will be down at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 through the new system's anticipated launch on December 6. Claimants are strongly advised to file before 4:00 p.m. on November 30. Those who attempt to file after this time will have to wait until after ReEmployME's launch."This new system is the result of years of work in collaboration with other states to create a modern, efficient unemployment system," stated Governor Paul LePage. "The focus of unemployment is to get people back to work quickly in a permanent or a temporary bridge job. This system will not only do just that, but it will also save taxpayer money over time because of the ReEmployUSA partnership with other states. ReEmployME is a national model."ReEmployME is a faster, more efficient way to file for unemployment insurance benefits. Claimants will find it easier to access information about their claims, update their account, file Weekly Certifications for benefits and enter their required Work Searches.The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation (BUC) has been communicating about the transition to current claimants and those who file cyclically this time of year. Claimants are advised of the upcoming transition timeline so they can prepare to access the new system after launch and plan for a slight delay in benefit payments. **Prepare for the Transition**Unemployment insurance benefit weeks run Sunday to Saturday. Claimants can first file a claim the Sunday after the benefit week. Claimants are strongly encouraged to file claims for the benefit week ending November 25 before 4:00 p.m. on November 30. Direct deposit and MAP/EPC card benefit payments should appear within 48 hours of processing. Claimants who don't file by this time must wait until ReEmployME launches to file.Whether filing a claim online or through the automated phone filing system, claimants must enter their required weekly Work Search online through ReEmployME for the claim to be processed. Maine CareerCenters and state libraries have high-speed Internet and computers available for free use. CareerCenter staff can help claimants sign up for a free email address, register for Maine JobLink, learn how to create a resume and apply for jobs online.Find a Maine CareerCenter - http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations/index.shtmlFind a state library - http://www.maine.gov/msl/findlibs.htm**ReEmployME Launch**The department anticipates ReEmployME will launch on December 6. Claimants must visit http://www.maine.gov/reemployme after launch to create an account with a valid email address. Do not use a shared or fake email account. Free email addresses are available online through Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo! mail, to name a few.Claimants who need help creating a ReEmployME account after launch can call a Technical Support Representative at 207-623-6765 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays. Technical Support Representatives can only answer questions about creating a ReEmployME account. Claimants who need help filing a claim or to get information about a current claim can call a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-593-7660 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays.Direct deposit and MAP/EPC card benefit payments should appear within three days of processing for claims filed within the first few weeks after ReEmployME's launch.Claimants can watch for updates about the transition at http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment ."Unemployment insurance provides temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their ow[...]



ReEmployME - New Unemployment Insurance Filing System Launching Early December

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:59:20 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2017Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009*Current filing systems will be down for the transition starting on November 30. *AUGUSTA-Maine Department of Labor is launching a new unemployment benefits filing system in early December. Known as ReEmployME (ME is pronounced "Maine"), the new system is a faster, more efficient way to file for unemployment insurance benefits. Claimants will find it easier to access information about their claims, update their account, file Weekly Certifications for benefits and enter their required Work Searches."This new system is the result of years of work in collaboration with other states to create a modern, efficient unemployment system," stated Governor Paul LePage. "The focus of unemployment is to get people back to work quickly in a permanent or a temporary bridge job. This system will not only do just that, but it will also save taxpayer money over time because of the ReEmployUSA partnership with other states. ReEmployME is a national model."The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation (BUC) has been communicating about the transition to current claimants and those who file cyclically this time of year. Claimants are advised of the upcoming timeline so they can prepare to access the new system after launch and plan for a slight delay in benefit payments.**Prepare for the Transition**All the current unemployment filing systems will be down at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 through ReEmployME's anticipated launch on December 6. Claimants are strongly encouraged to file claims for the benefit week ending November 25 before 4:00 p.m. on November 30. Direct deposit and MAP/EPC card benefit payments should appear within 48 hours of processing. Claimants who don't file by this time must wait until ReEmployME launches to file.Whether filing a claim online or through the automated phone filing system, claimants must enter their required weekly Work Search online through ReEmployME for the claim to be processed. Maine CareerCenters and state libraries have high-speed Internet and computers available for free use. CareerCenter staff can help claimants sign up for a free email address, register for Maine JobLink, learn how to create a resume and apply for jobs online.Find a Maine CareerCenter - http://www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations/index.shtmlFind a state library - http://www.maine.gov/msl/findlibs.htm**ReEmployME Launch**The department anticipates ReEmployME will launch on December 6. Claimants must visit http://www.maine.gov/reemployme after launch to create an account with a valid email address. Do not use a shared or fake email account. Free email addresses are available online through Gmail, Outlook, and Yahoo! mail, to name a few.Claimants who need help creating a ReEmployME account after launch can call a Technical Support Representative at 207-623-6765 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays. Technical Support Representatives can only answer questions about creating a ReEmployME account. Claimants who need help filing a claim or to get information about a current claim can call a Customer Service Representative at 1-800-593-7660 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday except state and federal holidays.Direct deposit and MAP/EPC card benefit payments should appear within three days of processing for claims filed within the first few weeks after ReEmployME's launch.Claimants can watch for updates about the transition at http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment ."Unemployment insurance provides temporary, partial wage replacement to workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own," said Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Support for claimants while they search for reemployment is the end goal of the unemployment insurance program. The new ReEmployME system will provide claimants with around-the-clock ability to file for benefits and provide more [...]



Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in October

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:18:06 EST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192 AUGUSTA - Unemployment remains historically low in Maine.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data** Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent for October was down slightly from 3.7 percent for September and 3.9 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 2,200 over the year to 25,000. The unemployment rate has been at or below 4.0 percent for 25 consecutive months.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.1 percent for October was little changed from 4.2 percent for September and down from 4.8 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 3.8 percent.October unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.7 percent in New Hampshire, 2.9 percent in Vermont, 3.7 percent in Massachusetts, 4.2 percent in Rhode Island, and 4.5 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 5,200 from one year ago to 621,200 for October. The private sector gained 5,700 jobs, with the largest gains in the healthcare, hospitality, professional and business services, and construction sectors; governments shed 500 jobs, spread across all three levels - federal, state, and local.**Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data** The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate estimate of 3.0 percent for October was down from 3.4 percent one year ago. Around the state, the lowest rate was 2.4 percent in Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties and the highest was 4.8 percent in Washington County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (2.4 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (2.8 percent) and Bangor (3.0 percent) metro areas.November estimates will be released on Thursday, December 21 (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.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. 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 [...]



Silver Collar Awards presented to Associates for Training and Development, Care and Comfort, Community Health Options, and Moody's Co-Worker Owned, Inc.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:20:58 EST

*Lewiston, Gorham and Waterville-based businesses recognized as senior-friendly employers.*

For Immediate Release: November 16 2017

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

AUGUSTA - The State Workforce Board's Older Worker Committee presented the Silver Collar Award in October to 2017's best employers for workers over the age of 50 in Maine. The awardees are Care & Comfort, Community Health Options, Moody's Co-Worker Owned, Inc., and Associates for Training and Development.

"I congratulate this year's winners for recognizing the value that different employees bring to our workforce," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our state needs and values the contributions of all members of our workforce, no matter their age, and the Silver Collar Awards recognize businesses who put these values into action."

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.

Associates for Training and Development provides training and employment services to workers age 55+. Associates for Training and Development adjust duties and responsibilities when appropriate to make the most of each person's talents, and offer a mentoring program and flexibility in the workplace.

Care & Comfort has been providing professional home health and mental health services to Maine residents since 1991. Care & Comfort provides an excellent benefit package, such as flexibility, training and on-the-job coaching for older workers.

Community Health Options is a non-profit, member-led health insurance plan providing comprehensive health insurance benefits to individuals, families, and businesses. Community Health Options provides a Workplace Flexibility and Transition program.

Moody's Co-worker Owned, Inc., is a technically-advanced company using computer software and tools that are cutting edge for the automotive industry. Thirty-three percent of Moody's company is over the age of 50; they pride themselves on a very diverse group from 18-70 years old.

Maine is the oldest state in the nation, with a median age of 44.5 years. Today, workers age 55 and over comprise one quarter of the labor force. That share is expected to rise over the next decade as the large baby boom generation advances in age.

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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New Data Tool Showcases Post-Credential Employment and Earning in Maine

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:13:21 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 17, 2017 CONTACT: Laura Hudson, MDOL, Laura.j.Hudson@maine.gov ; Helen Pelletier, MCCS, hpelletier@mccs.me.edu ; Dan Demeritt, UMS, dan.demeritt@maine.edu *Provides earning data for people completing education and training programs including all graduates of the Maine Community College and University of Maine Systems*AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor's Center for Workforce Research and Information has released the new data and a new search tool to the workforce data system originally launched as a pilot in 2014. Now called MaineEARNS, standing for the Maine Education and Attainment Research Navigation System, the data series provides the employment and earnings outcomes of people graduating from the University of Maine System and Maine Community College System.Data from the education and training programs, including individuals graduating with credentials in such fields as electrical lineworker technology and plumbing, as well as associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, are matched with the unemployment insurance wage records available at the department. The published data is searchable by credential/degree, area of study, and school, but is not personally identifiable. "The MaineEARNS website lets families and students see what real Mainers are earning after obtaining their degree or credential," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "This helps students set realistic expectations about how much debt they will be able to afford to pay back after graduating. It also helps people who are considering going back to school know how much more they can expect to earn if they add that credential or complete a degree. We want to make sure people have the tools and information they need to be prosperous."Commissioner of Labor John Butera stated, "In addition to being an important tool for college-bound students, MaineEARNS provides feedback to our educational system, employers and policymakers about our pipeline of workers and which degrees are commanding top wages. But most of all, this tool can be used by anyone considering potential careers, whether it be in middle or high school or as an adult."The data is available by credential, area of study and school. The data system serves as a platform for understanding what happens to cohorts of college graduates once they leave school and as they progress through the workforce. It can be used to address such questions as:- Do students get jobs in Maine? - What do they earn? - How do the wage and employment outcomes for various credentials compare? - How many students are completing programs in specific areas of study, such as nursing, engineering or welding?The value of an education includes factors beyond employment statistics. The data system does not measure intangible factors such as personal satisfaction with earning a credential and the intrinsic value of an education.The system showed that more than 75 percent of the graduates in the cohort were employed in Maine post-graduation.Overall, the data supports that higher levels of education tend to be accompanied by higher wages. In general, graduates with higher levels of education had higher first year wages.At present, this tool measures first-, third- and fifth-year employment outcomes; longer term outcomes will be added as new graduate cohorts and new wage data becomes available. As with any data set, there are limitations that are important for users to understand. Outcomes include only those with covered employment in Maine. Individuals might not appear in the data because they got a job outside the state of Maine, they are self-employed, they are employed by the federal government or are pursuing further education and are not employed. Employment outcomes will also vary with the economic cycle, industry and region of employment. For other important limitations, and more information on the too[...]



Portland Press Herald and AP Articles on Maine's Marijuana Legalization Law and Employment Incorrect

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:03:10 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, (207) 621-5009

*Department of Labor issues clarification for employers*

AUGUSTA- A Portland Press Herald article published late in the evening of July 24, 2017, inaccurately cited the Maine Department of Labor's guidance to employers regarding the state's new marijuana legalization law as related to employment. This article was later corrected, but before that correction was published, the story was picked up by national media and circulated throughout social media, including blogs written by attorneys to provide guidance to clients.

The article was covering the department's presentation on Monday, July 24, to the Legislature's Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee on employment issues relating to the legalization of marijuana.

The Department is therefore issuing the following clarification to ensure that employers, their legal counsel and HR consultants understand that they are allowed to screen applicants and employees for marijuana use under existing state law.

The article's initial title, "Maine employers shouldn't test for marijuana without changes to state law, official says," has since been changed. The attached image shows the new title with the original title in the URL.

When the Legislature delayed most of the Marijuana Legalization Act from taking effect until February 2018, that delay included Section 2454's employment-related provisions. Therefore, all businesses can proceed as they have been doing regarding drug testing by following existing law until either Section 2454 goes into effect as currently written or the Legislature repeals or amends Section 2454. Right now, as an at-will state, a Maine employer or employee can end the employment relationship for any reason, and an employer may choose not to hire an applicant with a marijuana-positive drug test without a certification for medical use.

The department has advised employers that if Section 2454 does not change and does go into effect, at that time, employers should not conduct applicant drug screening for marijuana because doing so could violate Section 2454. The department is holding free Impairment Detection Training for Employers courses throughout the state. The next two classes are July 26 in Augusta and August 23 in Portland. Employers may register for the classes here: http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited.

To clarify, Title 7 MRS, Chapter 417, §2454 states: "3. School, employer or landlord may not discriminate. A school, employer or landlord may not refuse to enroll or employ or lease to or otherwise penalize a person 21 years of age or older solely for that person's consuming marijuana outside of the school's, employer's or landlord's property."

Employers or workers with questions about drug testing employees in Maine or impairment in the workplace should contact the department at (207) 623-7900 or visit the department's website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/substance_abuse_testing/index.html .

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June Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter

Wed, 31 May 2017 10:32:25 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 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 our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."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 with 30+ Employers - Monday, June 5, 10 a.m. to noon**Participating employers, coming from diverse industries across the state, 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. Dress to impress!**Resume Basics and Build a Resume Workshop - Wednesday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.***Please bring your work history profile from Maine JobLink.*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.**Career Decision Making - Wednesday, June 14, 9 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, June 15, 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 Karlene Andrews at 557-1885.**Interview Skills/ Mock Interviews - Thursday, June 15, 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!**New Mainers Workshop - Thursday, June 22, 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 June 8 by calling 753-9005.**Orientation for People with Disabilities - Wednesday, June 28, 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**An overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services, this workshops 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 reg[...]



June Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:27:50 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 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 our tightening labor market, Maine CareerCenters provide the tools and resources to better connect job seekers and employers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Workshops and one-on-one consultations facilitated by the their career consultants can provide job seekers a path to education or jobs. Employers will find information and connections to employment and training resources that can help serve immediate or forecasted workforce needs. Connect with your closest Maine CareerCenter at www.mainecareercenter.gov."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 .**Manage Your Business with QuickBooks Reports - Friday, June 2, 9 a.m. to Noon**The reporting features of Quickbooks can help you as a business owner gain essential insight in learning to analyze how your business is doing so you can improve your business results. This SCORE workshop will help you drill down into your business details and show ways to improve profitability. To register call Sunrise County Economic Council at 207-255-0983. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Space is limited.**Recruitment Event: The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels, Tuesday, June 6, 10 a.m. to Noon, Milbridge Public Library, 18 School St., Milbridge**Walk-in interviews and information session. The Jackson Laboratory and Witham Family Hotels are hiring and will be at this recruitment event looking for employees. For information call Mike at 255-1916. **GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session, Every Tuesday**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! To register call Melanie at 1-800-292-8929. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.**Essentials of College Planning - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**This workshop introduces people to educational opportunities in general and Maine Educational Opportunity Center (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. For a schedule and to register for a MEOC Workshop, call 207-991-2851.**Financial Aid - Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC)**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 complet[...]



Maine Department of Labor Notifies JobLink Account Holders of Hacking Incident

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:28:59 EDT

*Information about identity theft and credit monitoring being provided* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 24, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009 AUGUSTA-The Maine Department of Labor has begun notifying Maine JobLink account holders whose accounts may have been exposed in a hacking incident of the system provider, America's JobLink Alliance. America's JobLink (AJL), a multi-state, web-based system that links job seekers with employers and operates the Maine JobLink, was the victim of a hacking incident. On March 21, 2017, America's Job Link Alliance-Technical Support confirmed that a malicious, third-party hacker exploited a vulnerability in the AJL application code to view the names, Social Security Numbers, and dates of birth of job seekers in the AJL system. This incident occurred between February 23, 2017 and February 26, 2017. Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, "The incident involving the Maine JobLink is of great concern, and we want to assure our customers that the Department of Labor is working diligently to provide information to those possibly affected. We value our relationship with the people of Maine and take their trust in us seriously." A notice is being provided via the email the Department has on file for affected account holders. It advises that, during the next two weeks, AJLA will be contacting affected individuals in all 10 states who have valid emails to provide helpful information to protect their identity as well as information about the credit monitoring service that will be offered.A copy of the Department's notification is available at https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/18fcb00 . The Commissioner noted, "If you know that you had a job seeker account in either the Maine Job Bank or the Maine JobLink systems and you know that the email in the system is outdated or you do not receive an email from the Maine Department of Labor by Monday, March 27, we urge you to call the AJLA Response Center. The call center can confirm whether your account was included in the attack and provide you with the information about identity protection and credit monitoring." Maine's account holders can call the AJLA Response Center at (844) 469-3939. The Response Center's hours are 9 a.m. EDT until 9 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Affected individuals can access additional details about the incident and how to protect their information on the AJLA website at http://sitedev.ajla.net/pressrelease.html . Commissioner Paquette added, "Some immediate steps you can take include placing a 90-day fraud alert on your credit reports with the three major credit reporting organizations, obtaining a free credit report, and placing a freeze on your credit report. Maine law allows residents to freeze their credit report at no cost." For more information on how to take these steps, people should visit the Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection's website, http://www.maine.gov/pfr/consumercredit/file_freeze_info.htm, part of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Individuals who have concerns about a potential identity theft can contact the Attorney General's Office Consumer Line, 1-800-436-2131, which is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. The Department of Labor's notification is being done in accordance with Maine law, Title 10, §1348, Security Breach Notice Requirements. Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. -end- [...]



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