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Federal Notice to Employers Poster

Regulation of Employment

The Rudman Winchell Employment Resources team is dedicated to client education. We believe in providing you with the necessary resources to meet the demands of the ever-changing world of employment law.

The Maine Department of Labor has received questions from employers and workers around COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Therefore, the Department put together the following employment resources.

The Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) continues to urge all Maine residents to take precautions and follow guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S. CDC).
•Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
•Avoid shaking hands as a greeting.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Stay home when you are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

More information from the U.S. & Maine CDC:

Resources for Businesses & Employees:
From U.S. CDC: cdc.gov
FAQ’s from U.S. DOL about the Fair Labor Standards Act: dol.gov
Guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA): osha.gov
•OSHA’s COVID-19 webpage: osha.gov

Relevant Labor Law
Maine’s Family Medical Leave laws apply to an employee that has worked for the same employer for at least 12 consecutive months. The employee would be entitled to up to 10 workweeks of job-protected unpaid Family Medical Leave in any two years unless employed at a permanent worksite with fewer than 15 employees. Employers may provide paid leave at their discretion.

Maine’s Family Sick Leave law states that if an employer provides paid leave, then the employer shall allow an employee to use the paid leave for the care of an immediate family member who is ill. This law section does not apply to the illness of the employee. This law gives the employee the right to choose what type of leave they are going to use if their employer provides multiple benefits, such as sick, vacation, or personal with limitations.

Larger businesses, such as businesses that have 50 or more employees, will fall under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act laws which provides up to 12 weeks of leave for a qualifying event. U.S. Department of Labor FAQ’s about federal FMLA: dol.gov

Maine’s Earned Paid Leave law does not go into effect until January 1, 2021. This law, when in effect, will guarantee that those employees that have accrued time will be paid for their accrued time off, up to 40 hours in one year of employment.

Work-Related Illness – If the illness is work-related, the employee and employer should consult with the Maine Workers’ Compensation Board. For more information about the Worker’s Compensation Board, visit maine.gov. For a downloadable copy of these employment resources please click here.

Additional Employment Resources

  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

Community Mitigation Strategy https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fpreparing-individuals-communities.html

  • World Health Organization

Coronavirus Disease Information https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

Mental Health Considerations https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/mental-health-considerations.pdf

  • Johns’ Hopkins Global Outbreak Dashboard


Employment Lunch & Learn January 24th.


Session I –  Rapid Fire Updates on the following topics:


    1. FMLA (Anne-Marie Storey)
      • No handouts
    2. Drugs in the Workplace update (Josh Randlett)
        • PowerPoint (Drugs in the Workplace – J. Randlett)

    • Performance reviews (Tracy Collins)
        • PowerPoint (Performance Evaluations: Best Practices – T. Collins)

    • Accommodation Issues/Updates (Brent Singer & Frank McGuire)
        • PowerPoint (Religious Accommodation in the Workplace – B. Singer)

    • PowerPoint (Other Reasonable Accommodation Issues – F. McGuire)

Session II – Rapid Fire Recent Development Updates II:
  1. Maine Human Rights Commission Update (Josh Randlett)
    • PowerPoint (Maine Human Rights Commission Update – J. Randlett)

  1. Privacy in the Workplace (John Hamer)
  1. Wage & Hour Issues (Frank McGuire)
    • PowerPoint (2019 Wage and Hour Issues – F. McGuire)

  1. Winter Weather (Brent Singer / Tracy Collins)

  1. Workers’ Compensation (Anne-Marie Storey)
    • No handouts
  Session III – Legislative Insights – Peter Gore – Maine State Chamber

Handout (Path of Legislation – P. Gore)

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