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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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Program that Prepares Blind or Visually Impaired Students for LIFE Teaches Learning, Independence, Fun and Employment

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:15:47 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2017 Media contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Learning Independence, Fun and Employment (LIFE), DBVI's Immerse Residential Program runs through July 28

AUGUSTA- Maine Department of Labor's Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, is immersing students who are blind or have a visual impairment in "real life" situations that teenagers and adults often face on a daily basis to help them build confidence this summer as part of its Learning, Independence, Fun and Employment (LIFE) program.

"These students are learning about the opportunities available to them while having fun and making friends," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our students with disabilities should not let anything hold them back from achieving their dreams. All Maine's people should have access to the training and education they need for their career. These students serve as role models for all of us considering making a change that can better our lives."

This summer, 10 students are attending LIFE 101 and LIFE 201, held at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

"Developing life skills is an essential part of our teen years," stated Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "However, for a student with vision loss, life skills take on additional meaning. This program provides instruction and social experiences that aid participants in developing techniques to navigate various scenarios and increase their confidence as they prepare for adulthood."

LIFE 101 is a two-week residential program immersing students in utilizing their strengths, building relationships and fostering independence. It focuses on organization, personal/home management, vocational awareness and independent travel, which allows for socialization while increasing self-awareness and self-advocacy.

In the first week of LIFE 101, students had the opportunity to practice daily living skills, including planning, budgeting and preparing meals; were exposed to various travel modes with lessons from an orientation and mobility instructor, and began the process of career planning with vocational rehabilitation counselors. During the second week of the program students volunteered at a pre-determined site to develop vocational skills.



During LIFE 201, a three-week residential program with an emphasis on community work experience, students have the opportunity to expand on and practice daily living skills. Supported by staff at the residence, during community activities and at the worksite, students participate in general sessions around apartment/home search, paying bills, banking, loans, taxes, employment forms, budgeting, organization, time management, personal safety and ongoing vocational development. Students will also participate in daily meal preparation and ongoing social-skill development. The student will participate in a paid work experience at a local business during the final two weeks.



Group activities held during the LIFE program allow students to learn about social cues and increase communication and socialization skills. In addition to gaining firsthand glimpses of life and employment, students are also engaging in valuable volunteer or work experiences that students can use to meet high school service-hour requirements or to include on their college or scholarship applications.

The Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS), http://www.maine.gov/rehab , works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. The Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, part of BRS, provides vocational rehabilitation, education, skill training, paths to employment and independent living skills to people who are blind or have a visual impairment.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in June

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 10:50:58 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2017 Contact: Glenn Mills, 207-621-5192*Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in June*AUGUSTA - Unemployment remained at historically low rates and payroll job growth continued through the first half of 2017.**Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data**Household Survey Estimates - The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent for June was up from 3.2 percent in May and down from 3.9 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed was down 2,500 over the year to 24,700. The unemployment rate has been 4 percent or less for 21 consecutive months.The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 4.4 percent for June was little changed from 4.3 percent for May and down from 4.9 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 4.1 percent.June unemployment rate estimates for other states in the region were 2.9 percent in New Hampshire, 3.2 percent in Vermont, 4.3 percent in Massachusetts, 4.2 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 60.1 percent.**Payroll Survey Estimates -** The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate was up 6,900 from one year ago to 623,300 in June. 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 3.6 percent for June was down from 3.8 percent one year ago. The lowest rate was 3.0 percent in Cumberland County and the highest was 5.6 percent in Aroostook County.The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in the Portland-South Portland (3.0 percent) metro area and close to the average in the Lewiston-Auburn (3.5 percent) and Bangor (3.8 percent) metro areas.July estimates will be released on Friday, August 18 (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 http://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 http://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 rather than the [...]



Blueberry Rakers' Center to Open in Washington County

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:09:19 EDT

*Will be at Narraguagus High School in Harrington.*

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 20, 2017 Media contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-With the blueberry harvest set to begin the first week in August, Maine Department of Labor staff are again partnering with other governmental and community service organizations to host the Rakers' Center in Washington County. The official opening is July 30 and the hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with hours of operation varying over the following week and a half. The center will close on August 11, 2017.

For the third year in a row, the Rakers' Center will be located at Narraguagus High School, 1611 Main Street in Harrington. For more information, workers are encouraged to call Jorge Acero, migrant farm worker monitor advocate, at 207-623-7928.

The facility provides migrant farm workers and their families with access to a variety of resources including legal and employment advice, access to medical care, information on educational resources for children of migrant workers and guidance in applying for other services.

**Rakers' Center Schedule**

- July 30 to Aug. 1: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Aug. 2: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Aug. 3: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. (Fresh food available in the evening) - Aug. 4: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Aug. 7: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. (Fresh food from Gleaning Project) - Aug. 8 to 11: 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Rakers' Center opens annually during the peak of the blueberry picking season and serves more than 1,000 migrant and seasonal farm workers who are employed in the blueberry harvest. It has been recognized nationwide as a model program because of the centralized services offered.

In addition, the Blueberry Harvest School (BHS) will open on July 31, 2017. The BHS is where raker families may enroll their school-age children during the harvest. The program responds to the unique needs of each student through project-based learning and helps prevent summer learning loss and school disruptions among students.

This year the Blueberry Harvest School will be located at Harrington Elementary School and will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The BHS program serves children ages 3 to 13.

The Department of Labor provides a resource guide for migrant workers on the Maine Monitor Advocate page on the department's website, http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/maine_monitor_advocate.html .

For more information about migrant workers issues, contact the Maine Department of Labor at 207-623-7900 or visit the Maine Monitor Advocate webpage.

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Maine Department of Labor Announces Rulemaking under the Employment Security Act

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:08:22 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA-The Unemployment Insurance Commission will be holding a hearing in Augusta in August for public comments on revisions to four chapters of rules governing the state's unemployment insurance program administered by the Maine Department of Labor.

"Over the next few months we'll be updating our rules to reflect changes in the ways people look for work today as well as system modernizations," stated Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Unemployment insurance is there for people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, and we must protect benefits for those who need them, especially in times of economic downturn. We must also do everything we can to help people who are out of work stay connected to the workforce and transition to a new job as soon as possible."

The state has proposed changes to four chapters.

Revisions to Chapter 9, Able and Available Requirements (proposed 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 (proposed 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 (proposed 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 (proposed 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.

The public hearing will be held Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, from 1 to 2 p.m., in the Frances Perkins Conference Room B at the Department of Labor offices at 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta.

Public comments may be submitted by noon on Friday, August 18, 2017, to Jeanne St. Pierre, director of legislative and constituent affairs, Maine Department of Labor, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0054 or by email at Jeanne.StPierre@Maine.gov . The rulemaking notice is available at: http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2017/071917.html and link to the rules are posted below.

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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Rapid Response Session Scheduled for Employees Affected by the Fire at Waterboro Strip Mall

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:08:23 EDT

For Immediate Release: July 19, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

WATERBORO-The Maine Department of Labor has scheduled a Rapid Response session for workers at three companies affected by a Sunday fire in Waterboro. Workers of Ace Hardware, Family Dollar and Asian Taste at the damaged strip mall may be eligible to collect unemployment benefits and for other services.

"The department's Rapid Response program assists workers facing job loss due to downsizing or closures," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Rapid Response team is reaching out to help these workers."

The Rapid Response session will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 20, at the Waterboro Town Hall, 24 Townhouse Road, East Waterboro. Affected workers may also contact the York County CareerCenter at (207) 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

The Rapid Response session will offer information about health insurance options and re-employment assistance, in addition to answering questions about unemployment benefits.

To find out more about the Rapid Response program, contact your local CareerCenter. The Bureau of Employment Services provides a variety of employment and training services for Maine workers, businesses and jobseekers through the Maine CareerCenter network, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .

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

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Padebco of Round Pond Earns Safety Award

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 12:16:45 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 14, 2017 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

**Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes this worksite as a model for safety and health standards. **

ROUND POND-Commissioner of Labor John Butera announced that Padebco, of Round Pond, has earned the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program Award (SHARP) in recognition of its rigorous safety achievement program. Padebco has been a custom boat builder and a full service boatyard serving Mid-Coast Maine for close to 60 years. Their boat building process combines modern production methods with traditional craftsmanship.

"Employers earn SHARP recognition by operating their facility under strict safety and health management standards," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "We congratulate Padebco for earning SHARP certification. They demonstrate to their industry that making safety a priority pays off."

Acceptance into SHARP by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes this worksite as a model for safety and health standards. A banner and certificate was presented by the Bureau of Labor Standards in a ceremony at Padebco on July 12, 2017.

"Padebco is committed to workplace safety and we are very proud to attain SHARP certification," said Leon and Sara MacCorkle, owners of Padebco. "We value our crew, and their workplace safety and health is paramount to Padebco Full Service Boatyard & Custom Boat Builder. We are grateful for the assistance of SafetyWorks!, Maine's Department of Labor on-site consultation services."

"We want to help Maine businesses succeed," Commissioner Butera stated. "SHARP companies know that a safer facility is not only good for Maine workers, but also good for their businesses. Better safety means less lost time due to injury and illness as well as lower workers' comp costs."

Fewer than 2,000 worksites in the United States have earned SHARP certification. Maine currently has 60 SHARP worksites.

To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all hazards identified during an onsite health and safety consultation, demonstrate that effective safety and health programs are in place and maintain injury rates below the industry average for the last year of completed data. After awarding the SHARP designation, OSHA removes the worksite from its general scheduled inspection list for two years. If the company continues to meet all conditions of the program, the SHARP designation may be renewed for another two years.

Employers interested in learning more about the SHARP designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with federal OSHA regulations and identifying training needs.

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.

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Addison Volunteer Fire Department Receives SHAPE Award for Safety

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:52:29 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

*Award honors public-sector employers*

ADDISON- Addison Volunteer Fire Department has earned the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE) award in recognition of their rigorous safety achievement program. SHAPE recognizes public-sector organizations that voluntary undertake a rigorous safety achievement program for their workers; Monday's award brings the total number of SHAPE certified worksites in Maine to 82.

"We congratulate Addison Volunteer Fire Department on earning the SHAPE award," Governor Paul R. LePage said. "They know that keeping their people safe is not only good for the citizens of Maine, but also good for their communities and their taxpayers. Better safety means less lost time due to injury and illness as well as lower workers' comp costs."

The SHAPE award was conceived in 2005 as a way to recognize public-sector employers and employees who are striving to provide a safe and healthful workplace. It is given only to exemplary public-sector employers after a thorough review and inspection of the employer's safety and health policies and procedures by a SafetyWorks! consultant.

Any state, county, municipal or other public-sector employers interested in learning more about the SHAPE designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.gov . SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with regulations and identifying training needs.

The Maine Department of Labor has enforcement authority of health and safety standards for public-sector employers in Maine and is responsible for inspecting workplace injuries or fatalities suffered by public employees.

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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Norway Water District Receives SHAPE Award for Safety

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 11:33:25 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 13, 2017

Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

*Award honors public-sector employers*

NORWAY-Norway Water District has earned the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE) award in recognition of their rigorous safety achievement program. SHAPE recognizes public-sector organizations that voluntary undertake a rigorous safety achievement program for their workers; Wednesday's award brings the total number of SHAPE certified worksites in Maine to 82.

"We congratulate Norway Water District on earning the SHAPE award," Governor Paul R. LePage said. "They know that keeping their people safe is not only good for the citizens of Maine, but also good for their communities and their taxpayers. Better safety means less lost time due to injury and illness as well as lower workers' comp costs."

The SHAPE award was conceived in 2005 as a way to recognize public-sector employers and employees who are striving to provide a safe and healthful workplace. It is given only to exemplary public-sector employers after a thorough review and inspection of the employer's safety and health policies and procedures by a SafetyWorks! consultant.

Any state, county, municipal or other public-sector employers interested in learning more about the SHAPE designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with regulations and identifying training needs.

The Maine Department of Labor has enforcement authority of health and safety standards for public-sector employers in Maine and is responsible for inspecting workplace injuries or fatalities suffered by public employees.

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

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:46:04 EDT

For Immediate Release: July 11, 2017Contact: Patty Perry, Bangor CareerCenter, 760-6302Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009BANGOR-Tri-County CareerCenter in Bangor announces July programming for job seekers and those who are considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. "Maine CareerCenter staff help job seekers stand out when competing for a position," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our monthly workshops help people fine-tune their job search tools and techniques, whether a resume or cover letter, interview skills, and finding and applying for jobs online. With almost 12,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, I urge Mainers looking for work to connect with their local CareerCenter today."**Hancock County Targeted Job Fair in Ellsworth - Thursday, July 13, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., EMDC office in the Mill Mall, 248 State St, Ellsworth, ME**Featuring: Jackson Lab, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Tractor Supply in Ellsworth and OnProcess Technology.**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. **Gateway to Employment Workshop - Mondays, 2 to 4 p.m.**This is an overview of information on resumes, interviews, job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during your job search. **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. **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 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.Tri-County CareerCenter is located at 45 Oak St. in Bangor and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We can be reached at 561-4050 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.gov .Maine CareerCente[...]



Law Allows 14 and 15 Year Olds To Be Hired in New Occupations Immediately

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:12:17 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2017 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

*Teens can work in movie theaters, bowling alleys, permanent amusement parks and in certain places in bakeries and hotels*

AUGUSTA-The Department of Labor's bill to modernize the regulations governing youth employment, LD 1564, which was amended by the Senate to include an emergency preamble, is now law and effective immediately.

"There is no better preparation for the responsibilities of adulthood than working when you are a teenager," stated Governor LePage. "My administration has placed a high priority on opening up more opportunities for young people to work, and on our fourth attempt in five years at passing these much needed reforms, the Legislature responded. There is more we can do, so we must continue to help young people gain the experience, skills, and knowledge about their own career interests that can only come from holding a job."

LD 1564, sponsored by Senator Brian Langley of Hancock County, encourages minors to develop work skills earlier by removing some of the barriers to employment that existed in statute and brings certain provisions into compliance with federal law to ensure that young people are protected from hazardous conditions. It amends laws relating to minors 14 and 15 years of age to allow them to work in bowling alleys, movie theaters and permanent amusement parks, and to clarify their employment in bakeries, hotels and rooming houses-opening more occupations and broadening the things they can do.

"Employers in these industries can immediately begin making job offers to 14 and 15 year olds for the newly expanded occupations," advised Commissioner of Labor John Butera. "Maine's employers need these workers to help in this tight labor market, and we've seen a surge in permits this year. Our team is working hard to turn around approved permits as soon as possible."

The work-permit application can be downloaded and printed directly from the department's website: http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/publications/minorsguide.html . The approval process has three steps: the employer makes the job offer and helps complete the application, the parent or guardian signs the application and brings it to the superintendent's office. The school system sends the form to the department. Be sure the application form includes proof of age, the parent's or guardian's signature, the actual business name, and the specific job duties (e.g., "dishwasher") for faster turn-around.

The bill also allows for the modernization of the work permit process, clarifies that graduates of vocational programs who are under 18 years of age can work in the occupations for which they were trained, grants the department, not just superintendents, the ability to revoke a permit and allows the department to make rules governing employment. Included as well are restrictions in employment relating to legalized marijuana.

A copy of the Guide to Maine Laws Governing the Employment of Minors and permit is posted on the Maine Department of Labor website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/bls/index.shtml . Businesses with questions about employing minors can call the customer service line at (207) 623-7900 or email their request to mdol@maine.gov .

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July Programs for Job Seekers at the Greater Portland CareerCenter

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:42:33 EDT

For Immediate Release: July 10, 2017Contact: Mike Roland, Greater Portland CareerCenter, 822-3300Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009PORTLAND-The Greater Portland CareerCenter announces July programs for job seekers, those who are considering training for a new career, and employers in need of workers."Maine CareerCenter staff help job seekers stand out when competing for a position," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our monthly workshops help people fine-tune their job search tools and techniques, whether a resume or cover letter, interview skills, and finding and applying for jobs online. With almost 12,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, I urge Mainers looking for work to connect with their local CareerCenter today."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.**Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Wednesdays, July 12 and 26, 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 .**Resume Information Seminar: Friday, July 21, 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.**Job Interview Workshop: Friday, July 28, 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 answer employer's tough interview questions, and is targeted for people just beginning the job search process or those who have not had success in finding work.Space is limited and preregistration is required. Please call 822-3300.**Unemployed Professionals Group: Every Tuesday in July, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon**The group offers real time networking, professional advice, current information as to what employers are looking for in resumes, invitations to networking events and contacts for the "hidden" job market. This workshop is a great resource for the unemployed, under-employed, and employers seeking individuals looking for work. It is a great tool for career exploration. Open to the public. No registration required.**Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Every Tuesday in July by Appointment Only**You will discuss college and trade schools in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues, admission issues and financial aid. Bring your 2016 Federal Tax Return and your High School or GED Transcripts (if available). Please contact Randi Paine at 1-800-281-3703, to register.**Job-Seeking Workshop for French-Speaking Adults / Atelier Francais: Every Thursday in July, 9 a.m. to noon, Workforce Solutions, 190 Lancaster St., Ste. 200, Por[...]



July Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias CareerCenter

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:38:16 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 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."Maine CareerCenter staff help job seekers stand out when competing for a position," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our monthly workshops help people fine-tune their job search tools and techniques, whether a resume or cover letter, interview skills, and finding and applying for jobs online. With almost 12,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, I urge Mainers looking for work to connect with their local CareerCenter today."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, July 11, 18 and 25Is 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.How to Create Winning Website Content - Wednesday, July 12, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Axiom Education and Training Center, 6 Colonial Way, MachiasBefore you buy a domain name and find a host, it's a good idea to start planning your website. You will need to find the images and create the written content that populates the pages. If you know what you have to say first, building your website will be so much easier. In this class, you will learn how to: identify the types of websites, survey websites for ideas, explore website pages: where does stuff go?, learn about the inverted pyramid method of stating ideas, creating content for the lead generation funnel, learn about creating content using words, images, and other media, discuss maintaining and updating your content. Learn to mine your business's history, products, and other company information to create winning content for your website! Instructor Valerie Lawson holds degrees in Website Graphic Design and Electronic Publishing and is an award-winning poet who has written publicity and content for non-profits for many years. To register call Axiom Education & Training Center at 255-4917. Registration required.Addiction Recovery and the Workforce - Thursday, July 13, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., University of Maine, Machias, Science 102.Participants will learn and discuss challenges to hiring and employing people in recovery; hear strategies for success and dealing with challenges from a panel of experts; plus gain foundational information on addiction and available treatment and recovery supports. We are firming up an impressive lineup of speakers and panelists that includes Charles Rudelitch, Executive Director of Sunrise County Economic Council, presenting Washington County-specific data on the impacts of addiction on the workforce; Nichole Jamison, Regional Manager of Maine DOL CareerCenters, presenting information on the panel session "Tools for Employers;" and Cooper Friend, [...]



July Programs for Job Seekers at the Rockland CareerCenter

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:32:40 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 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."Maine CareerCenter staff help job seekers stand out when competing for a position," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our monthly workshops help people fine-tune their job search tools and techniques, whether a resume or cover letter, interview skills, and finding and applying for jobs online. With almost 12,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, I urge Mainers looking for work to connect with their local CareerCenter today."Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide Internet access and O-Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on the Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless stated otherwise.**Resume and Cover Letter Writing-Thursday, July 13, 9 a.m. to Noon**Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.**Training Orientation-Wednesday, July 19, 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, July 20, 9 a.m. to noon****Computer 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 noon**The 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.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.[...]



July Programs for Job Seekers at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:20:37 EDT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 10, 2017 Contact: Leon Ouimet Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009BRUNSWICK - The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and in conjunction with its partners, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills, and employers to find qualified workers. "Maine CareerCenter staff help job seekers stand out when competing for a position," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Our monthly workshops help people fine-tune their job search tools and techniques, whether a resume or cover letter, interview skills, and finding and applying for jobs online. With almost 12,000 jobs listed on Maine JobLink, I urge Mainers looking for work to connect with their local CareerCenter today."Each of the 12 statewide centers provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition we provide internet access and O'Net software for individual skills assessment. Employers can list their open positions on Maine JobLink and take advantage of our online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job seeking customers. The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Brunswick unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.gov or call 207-373-4000.**Planning Your Job Search-Wednesday, July 12, 9 a.m.to Noon**Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you'll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today's labor market.**Essentials of College Planning Workshop-Tuesday, July 18**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 .**Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop-Wednesday, July 19, 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, July 26, 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:**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 Lif[...]