August 2022: Portland, Maine Voters to Decide on Raising Minimum Wage, Eliminating Tip Credit, and Classifying Ride-share and Delivery Drivers as Employees

Update Applicable to:All employers in the city of Portland, Maine. What happened?On August 8, 2022, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to send five citizen-initiated referendums to voters in the November election. One of the referendums appearing on the November 8 ballot is “An Act to Eliminate the Sub-Minimum Wage, Increase the Minimum Wage and […]

August 2022: The State of Maine Implements More Restrictions on Non-Disclosure Agreements for Discrimination

Update Applicable to:All employers who have non-disclosure agreements in the state of Maine. What happened?On May 12, 2022, Governor Mills signed H.P. 711—Legislative Document (L.D.) 965 into law, which places restrictions on non-disclosure agreements (NDA) regarding discrimination. What are the details?Effective August 8, 2022, Maine’s new NDA law prohibits employers from requiring applicants, interns, or employees to […]

May 2022: Maine Governor Signs Amendment into Law for Hair Discrimination

Update Applicable to:All employers in the state of Maine What happened?On April 20, 2022, Governor Mills signed an amendment into law which will prohibit discrimination in employment based on hair texture or hairstyle. What are the details?Effective July 19, 2022, race discrimination in employment will include discrimination on the basis of traits associated with race, […]

May 2022: Amended Maine Law Will Require Vacation Payout When Employment Ends

Update Applicable to:All employers with 11 or more employees in the state of Maine. What happened?On April 7, 2022, Governor Mills signed H.P 160 – L.D 225 into law, which amends the state’s final wages statute to require that “all unused paid vacation accrued pursuant to the employer’s vacation policy on and after January 1, […]