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Published: Aug 15, 2023

Maine Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law

Maine Enacts Paid Family and Medical Leave Law
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Update Effective: January 1, 2025 and May 1, 2026

Maine passed a new paid family and medical leave law that will provide eligible employees with up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave benefits per year. This paid family and medical leave program will require all private employers to provide employees with leave, with paid benefits funded through employer and employee payroll tax contributions. Reporting requirements and payment of premiums will begin January 1, 2025, and employees will be able to utilize benefits through the program beginning May 1, 2026.

Employees will be entitled to job protection and continuation of health insurance coverage while on paid family medical leave. The paid leave benefits will be calculated based on an employee’s and the state’s average weekly wage amount, up to a designated weekly cap, and paid directly by the state. Employers should stay tuned for more guidance and updates from the state about plan administration on this new program.

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Published: May 12, 2022

Maine Will Require to Pay Vacation Payout

Maine Will Require to Pay Vacation Payout
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Update Effective: January 1, 2023

Governor Mills recently amended the state’s final wages statute (H.P. 160) to require private employers with more than 10 employees to pay all accrued, unused vacation upon termination beginning next year.

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Published: May 12, 2022

Maine Human Rights Act Updates

Maine Human Rights Act Updates
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Update Effective: July 20, 2022

On April 20, Governor Mills signed an amendment to the Maine Human Rights Act, which expands the definition of racial discrimination in employment and education to specifically include discrimination based on traits associated with race, including hair texture or hairstyle (LD 598).

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Published: Nov 11, 2021

Maine's Ban-the-Box Law Now in Effect

Maine's Ban-the-Box Law Now in Effect
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Update Effective: October 18, 2021

Previously mentioned in August, Maine’s “An Act Relating to Fair Chance in Employment” went into effect on October 18. This act prohibits Maine employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on an initial application and from indicating that a candidate with a criminal history should not apply or will not be considered for a position, subject to limited exceptions.

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Published: Aug 11, 2021

Ban-the-Box and Family Leave Law Updates

Ban-the-Box and Family Leave Law Updates
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Update Effective: October 18, 2021

Maine has a couple of employment-related laws going into effect on October 18, 2021.

Notably, Maine has passed a “ban-the-box” law, prohibiting employers from inquiring about an applicant’s criminal history on an initial application and from including on the application or advertisement that a candidate with a criminal history should not apply or will not be considered for the position, subject to limited exception.

Governor Mills also signed a law expanding the eligibility requirements for Maine’s Family and Medical Leave Act in order to include grandparents who need to care for a grandchild or a domestic partner’s grandchild with a serious health condition.

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Published: Nov 12, 2020

Paid Leave for Any Reason

Paid Leave for Any Reason
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Update Effective: January 1, 2021

Covered employers will be required to provide one hour of paid leave for every 40 hours worked to eligible employees, to be used for any reason, up to 40 hours per year. Unlike paid sick and safe leave laws in other jurisdictions, which detail the circumstances in which leave may be used, this law allows workers to use earned paid leave for any purpose the employee chooses.

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Published: Sep 11, 2019

Maine Broadens Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Employees

Maine Broadens Protections for Pregnant and Nursing Employees
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Update Effective: September 18, 2019

Under “An Act to Protect Pregnant Workers”, employers in Maine will have to ensure they are providing reasonable accommodations for pregnant and nursing mothers, among other requirements. This act expands upon existing Maine anti-discrimination law around pregnant and nursing employees.

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Published: Sep 11, 2019

Maine Bans Salary History Inquiries and Clarifies Pay Equity Law

Maine Bans Salary History Inquiries and Clarifies Pay Equity Law
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Update Effective: September 17, 2019

Maine’s “An Act Regarding Pay Equality”, which prohibits employers from asking applicants about their salary histories during the application process and amends existing pay equity legislation in the state, goes into effect later this month.

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Published: Jun 13, 2019

Maine Becomes First State to Require Paid Leave for Any Reason

Maine Becomes First State to Require Paid Leave for Any Reason
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Update Effective: January 1, 2021

Effective January 1, 2021, the Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave will require employers in Maine with 10 or more employees to provide those employees with one hour of paid personal leave per 40 hours worked, up to 40 hours of paid personal time off each calendar year.

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