Employer Update: Wage and Hour Compliance, Maine-at-Work Initiative, Job Fair Season

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Maine Employers and Job Seekers Head to MAWI this Winter

Maine At Work Initiative

The Maine-at-Work Initiative (MAWI) simplifies accessing workforce resources for both employers and job seekers. The Maine Department of Labor and our Workforce Partners offer variety of employment and training services at no charge for businesses.

"Cianbro is proud of our long standing partnership with the Maine Department of Labor. We not only actively recruit at the CareerCenters, but provide them with resources and insight to help them train and place our state’s workers.”

- Brian Watson
Senior Engineer, Cianbro
Former Director of the Cianbro Institute 

Working with MDOL, MaineGeneral Health developed “an apprenticeship program so that new graduate nurses (who were much more easily recruited) would be enrolled in a program that provided both classroom learning and on-the-job experience that more rapidly provided them with the critical experience and additional education to prepare them for these very hard-to-fill positions."

- Rebecca Lamey, SPHR-SCP
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
MaineGeneral Health

"At St Mary's Health System, a member of Covenant Health, located in Lewiston, our longstanding partnership with the Maine Department of Labor has enabled us to access grants and creative training resources to help many people start a career in healthcare as well as provide advancement opportunities for our current workforce."

- Nicole Morin-Scribner, SHRM-SCP

Director Human Resources and Learning

St. Mary's Health System

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Maine-at-Work on the Radio

Julie Rabinowitz, MDOL, and Jen Brooks, EMDC, hit the road to talk the Maine-at-Work Initiative on the radio.

WVOM - George Hale & Ric Tyler Show w/Cianbro

WZON - Pulse Morning Show

Status of the Federal Overtime Rule

The injunction is still in place regarding the Federal overtime rule changes; however, as a result of the passing of the minimum wage referendum, there is a new overtime salary threshold in effect in Maine. State law says the minimum overtime salary threshold for non-exempt salaried employees is 3,000 x the state's minimum wage. With the $9.00 minimum wage going into effect on January 7, 2017, this equals $27,000.

Maine Minimum Wage FAQ

Wage and Hour Compliance Assistance

Presented by the Wage and Hour division at Maine Department of Labor--Bureau of Labor Standards, this no-cost course is designed for human resource or benefits professionals, accountants, business owners, managers, or payroll supervisors. Labor laws can be complex. This seminar covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave, and domestic violence), and break requirements. Addresses commonly asked labor related questions.

  • April 24, 2017, Augusta - SafetyWorks! Training Institute, MDOL, 45 Commerce Dr.
  • May 2, 2017, Portland - Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd.
  • May 5, 2017, Skowhegan - Skowhegan CareerCenter, 98 North Ave.
  • May 16, 2017, Springvale - York County CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Ct.
  • May 23, 2017, Augusta - SafetyWorks! Training Institute, MDOL, 45 Commerce Dr.
  • May 25, 2017, Lewiston - Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way
  • June 1, 2017, Rockland - Rockland CareerCenter, 91 Camden St # 201
  • June 28, 2017, Augusta - SafetyWorks! Training Institute, MDOL, 45 Commerce Dr.
  • August 28, 2017, Augusta - SafetyWorks! Training Institute, MDOL, 45 Commerce Dr.
  • October 30, 2017, Augusta - SafetyWorks! Training Institute, MDOL, 45 Commerce Dr.
  • December 19, 2017, Augusta - SafetyWorks! Training Institute, MDOL, 45 Commerce Dr.

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Legislative Update

A number of bills will be coming up in the next few weeks regarding employment laws.  The following bills will be heard by the Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) on March 22:

L.D. 554 "An Act To Require Paid Parental Leave for Employees"

L.D. 701 "An Act To Establish the Maine Paid Family Leave Insurance Program"

L.D. 86 "An Act To Protect Worker Wages and Benefits"

L.D. 563 "An Act To Protect Earned Pay"

L.D. 613 "An Act To Protect Job Applicants from Identity Theft"

L.D. 669 "An Act To Address the Unmet Workforce Needs of Employers and To Improve the Economic Future of Workers"

You can find other bills and hearing schedules on the LCRED committee webpage: http://legislature.maine.gov/committee/#Committees/LCED . The list of all bills and links to the text of the bills is available at http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_128th/billtexts/

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Job Fair Season

Spring is right around the corner, with many opportunities to connect face-to-face with job seekers at area job fairs. The Department of Labor’s network of 12 CareerCenters will be sponsoring or participating in several career fairs. For job fairs at a CareerCenter, contact the CareerCenter to exhibit. Job fairs not at a CareerCenter are organized by partners, who handle registration.

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    Maine Department of Labor Bureau of Unemployment Compensation

    How to Contact Unemployment Employer Services

    For general inquiries about employer registration, employer status, tax delinquencies, and wage records, call:

    Tel: (207) 621-5120

    Toll-Free: 1-844-754-3508

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    2017 Maine HR Convention. May 9 through 12 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport, Maine

    Visit MDOL at the Maine HR Convention

    Are you attending the Maine HR Convention in May? Have questions on overtime regulation and compliance? Pamela Megathlin, Director, MDOL Bureau of Labor Standards, and Steven Mckinney, Community Outreach with U.S. Dept. of Labor, will provide analysis of overtime and exemption issues based on both Maine and federal law during a Legal Eagles workshop.

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    MDOL representatives from SafetyWorks!, Vocational Rehabilitation, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Unemployment Tax, Wage and Hour, and Employment Services will also be available at our booths.

    SafetyWorks! Booth: May 9-12

    • Workplace Safety and Health
    • SafetyWorks! Training Institute

    MDOL Booth:

    • May 9 - Vocational Rehabilitation
    • May 10 and 11 - Unemployment Tax
    • May 10 and 11 - Wage and Hour
    • May 12 - Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired

    Maine-at-Work Booth: May 9-12

    • Found in the Keynote Hall
    • Employment Services, CareerCenters
    • Our Workforce Partners

    You can also contact the Department anytime. Click here.

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    Maine JobLink Software Update

    To stay current with solid security practices, the Maine JobLink software has been updated. This update affects accounts that have not been accessed for a long period of time. If you have not logged into your account since July 5, 2016, you will not be able to until your account is enabled by Maine JobLink staff.

    Employers: Contact Maine JobLink staff at joblink@maine.gov or 207-623-7697  to enable your account.

    Eligible Training Providers: Tim Griffin at timothy.j.griffin@maine.gov to enable your account.

    Rulemaking for Employment Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Stalking

    The state has proposed changes to the “Rules Governing Employment Leave for Victims of Violence” (proposed rule number: 2017-P028).

    Public comments may be submitted by noon on Friday, April 7, 2017, to:

    Jeanne St. Pierre, Director of Legislative and Constituent Services
    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 here.

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    Maine Unemployment Rate 3.5 Percent in January

    The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.5 percent was down from 3.8 percent in December and one year ago, the lowest rate since March 2001. The number of unemployed was down 1,300 over the year to 24,300.

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    Maine’s Private Sector Employment Reached New High in 2016

    Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, “Maine’s 2016 gain in payroll jobs—6,700—was higher than original estimates and the largest gain since 2000. These revisions also show a stronger gain in 2015. Maine ended last year only 400 total jobs away from our 2007 pre-recession peak, and our private sector reached a new all-time high of 517,300 jobs.”

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    2016 Maine Hire A Vet Campaign

    195+ Veterans Hired through Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

    197 Veterans Hired
    146 Participating Employers
    $22.23/hr. Avg. Placement Wage

    Veterans’ employment representatives are available throughout the state and can visit employers to assist you in finding qualified veterans and provide information on the benefits of hiring veterans.

    Contact Auta Main, MDOL Veterans’ Program Manager, at (207) 623-7975 or auta.m.main@maine.gov for more information. 

    Employers and veterans can also contact their local CareerCenter.

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    Labor Market Blogs

    Center for Workforce Research and Information

    Blog: 2016 Workforce Data Revisions: Stronger Growth Than Previously Thought

    Annual revisions to labor force and nonfarm payroll jobs estimates have been published. Those revisions, based on more complete data, indicate the unemployment rate was little changed throughout 2016 and nonfarm payroll job growth was stronger than previously thought.

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    Blog: Job Flows in the Recession and Recovery

    The monthly release of unemployment rate and nonfarm payroll jobs estimates is among the most widely followed set of economic indicators in the United States. News accounts often portray net payroll job growth as “hiring” or net job loss as “layoffs.” Neither characterization is correct. In any given month the number of people who were hired or who separated from a job is much larger than the net job change.

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    Blog: Job Growth in Nonprofit Entities in Maine is Strong -- Here's Why

    The 2008–2009 recession and aftermath caused employment to decline among private for profit businesses, the self-employed, and government before the jobs recovery took hold in 2011. The exception was private sector nonprofits, which added jobs throughout the downturn and recovery. 

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