Rapid Response Session Scheduled for Workers Affected by Old Town Fuel & Fiber Furlough Bookmark and Share

August 14, 2014

For Immediate Release: August 14, 2014 Contact: Tim Sardano, Department of Labor, 626-6232

Session will be held in Old Town next week

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor has scheduled a session for workers affected by the furlough announcement at Old Town Fuel & Fiber. The Department will work to evaluate what other assistance program, such as Trade, that would be appropriate for affected employees.

“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 session will be held on Tuesday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. at USW Local #80, Union Hall at 354 Main Street in Old Town.

The Department of Labor can advise and assist employers and employees with information about their rights, responsibilities and obligations during a closure or downsizing to safeguard the economic stability of workers and the surrounding community.

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 job seekers through the Maine CareerCenter network, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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September Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

September 3, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering no-cost programs throughout September, including a job fair with more than 35 employers on September 8. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston.

“Mainers who want help in finding a job will have plenty of opportunities this fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenter workshops in interviewing, job search skills and resume writing are just a few ways to improve your work search. With several fall job fairs already scheduled, job seekers should check out their local CareerCenter or visit MaineCareerCenter.com and the Maine Job Bank to get prepared.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005. To learn more, like the Lewiston CareerCenter on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lewiston-CareerCenter/137045791777 . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

GATEway to Employment – September 4 or 18, 2 to 4 p.m. Offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! To register call 753-9005.

Professionals Moving Ahead! Reality-Based Workplaces and Leadership – September 4, 2 to 4 p.m. Based on Cy Wakeman’s books, this interactive workshop teaches what “Boosts Your Value; Kills your Chances; and, What Will Make you Happier” in a workplace. We will also explore how, through your leadership, you can “Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, and Turn Excuses into Results”.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – September 5, 10 to 11 a.m. Do you have a criminal back ground? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and where best to seek employment which will lead to a successful job search.

Professionals Moving Ahead! Developing and Using Networking, Sales and Marketing for a Successful Job Search – September 18, 2 to 4 p.m. Presented by Erna Koch, MPA, LLM, NEXT Level Business Coaching.

Resumés and Interview Skills – Part I – September 11, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and September 24, 2 to 5 p.m. An in-depth exploration of job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. The September 11 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The September 24 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Mock Job Interviews – September 16, 3 to 5 p.m. You have the perfect resume and you are invited to an interview—awesome! Then comes that dreadful thought—“I haven’t interviewed in years” or “I am new to interviewing” or “I have interviewed several times but I am not getting job offers.” Attend this workshop to master the interview! Success comes with practice and practicing in a workshop is risk-free and instructional. Get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview.

Applications and Resumes for Non/Limited English Speakers – September 18, 9 to 11 a.m. This workshop will be offered in Somali and will cover job applications and resumes.

Job Search Skills – September 22, 10 a.m. to noon It’s a competitive job market. This job search skills workshop will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! To register please call 753-9005.

Career Decision Making – September 22 and 26 This two-part workshop reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information gained from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. To register please call 753-9005.

Training and Education Resources and Information

Training Orientation is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Search Skills” workshop. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x 1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults – Basic steps for successful college enrollment. Learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Register by calling 1-800-281-3703. Please bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Orientation for People with Disabilities – September 24, 2 to 3:30 p.m. For those who are considering vocational rehabilitation services, these sessions are held the third Friday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

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.

Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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Job Fair in Lewiston on September 8 Bookmark and Share

September 3, 2014

For Immediate Release: September 3, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

LEWISTON—The Lewiston CareerCenter is hosting a Job Fair on Monday, September 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at its building on 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston. More than 35 hiring employers are expected.

"This is a perfect opportunity for those who are looking for a new job as we head into autumn," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "As our unemployment rate drops, more and more employers are looking to hire. Learn what careers Lewiston-Auburn area businesses have to offer at this job fair."

Employers include ADECCO, Air National Guard, Argo Marketing Group, Bill's Auto Transport, Inc., Bonney Staffing, Carbonite, Circle K, Complete Home Care of New England, Creative Innovations, FedEx, Formed Fiber, Geiger Bros., Great Falls Marketing, Home Depot, Industrial Roofing Companies, Lowes, Manpower, MAS Home Care, Merry Meeting Behavioral Health, Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial, Oxford Casino, PepsiCo, Quality Traffic Control, Rose's Commercial Cleaners, Sequel Care of Maine, Stericycle, Staff Management, Support Solutions, TD Bank, Tradesmen International, Xerox, Panolam, Prudential Insurance and Western Maine Transportation.

Attendees should bring a resume and, more important, should be prepared to have an “interview-like” conversation with employers to discuss skills, knowledge areas and abilities. Job seekers should also be dressed for an interview.

French, Spanish and Somali interpreters will be available but requests should be made in advance to the CareerCenter.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of workshops and 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.

Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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More than 35 employers are expected to be at the job fair

Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in September Bookmark and Share

September 4, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 4, 2014 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Space is available for the safety classes in Augusta and Bangor

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers throughout September.

“A safe place to work is good practice for workers and businesses,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. "SafetyWorks! is nationally recognized for its on-the-job safety programs. These classes are investments that pay off for everyone--workers learn how to work safely and business gain a reputation as a supportive place to work, giving them a competitive edge in recruiting and retaining skilled employees."

Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees to ensure and promote safety in the workplace. The courses are held at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted.

Scaffolding and Fall Protection - September 9, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In this class the instructor will explain the OSHA requirements for scaffolding and fall protection, including the definition of "competent person". The eight-hour program will include a demonstration of the proper setup of scaffolding. Fall protection will be covered in the morning and scaffolding in the afternoon.

Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance - September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This half-day course provides training for the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jacks and jacks stands, inspections, compliance reporting, training and documentation required by various inspecting agencies. The course will provide the information needed to for a safer workplace, which helps eliminate citations and can possibly lower a company's workers compensation insurance costs. The course will have both classroom and hands-on training

Forklift Operator Training - September 12, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This half-day class is designed for new operators will involve classroom and hands-on training. However, this training does not meet the requirements to qualify the participants to be a "qualified operator" as only the employer can provide such certification.

30-Hour Construction Standards - September 15-19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This five-day course introduces attendees new to construction safety and health to the OSHA standards (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete all five days will receive OSHA 30-hour construction course completion cards. OTI charges $5 per card.

Public Sector Work Zone Safety - September 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This five-day course introduces attendees new to construction safety and health to the OSHA standards (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete all five days will receive OSHA 30-hour construction course completion cards. OTI charges $5 per card.

10-Hour General Industry Standards Training - September 25-26, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This one-and-a-half day course offers basic information on a variety of general industry safety and health standards (29 CFR 1910). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion card for general industry. Class runs until 4:30 p.m. on day one and 12:30 p.m. on day two. OTI charges $5 per card.

OSHA Recordkeeping - September 26, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 oak St., Ste. 3 This class provides a thorough and comprehensive six-hour training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. You will learn the OSHA rule (29 CFR 1904) regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses as it applies to your organization. This class includes several hands-on activities on how to correctly fill out the required injury reporting forms. Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited so reservations are required.

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. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com .

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

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Fall Job Fairs Scheduled Around the State Bookmark and Share

September 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2014 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Employers can reserve tables while job seekers brush up resumes

AUGUSTA—Fall hiring is ramping up around Maine as businesses prepare for end-of-year and the holiday season, providing an opportune time for job seekers looking for work. The Department of Labor’s network of 12 CareerCenters will be sponsoring or participating in several career fairs. Hundreds of employers will be hiring for both permanent and seasonal positions.

"This is a perfect opportunity for those who are looking for a new job as we head into autumn," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "As our unemployment rate drops, more and more employers are looking to hire. Learn what careers area businesses have to offer at these job fairs."

Job seekers who need to update their resume or practice their interviewing skills should contact a CareerCenter for free help. To find more information about jobs fairs across the state or to locate the closest CareerCenter and information about job training programs, visit the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

"Job fair season gives job seekers an opportunity to meet face-to-face with companies in need of talented people," said Labor Commissioner Jeanne S. Paquette. "No-cost workshops on resume writing and interviewing at the CareerCenters help attendees be ready."

Businesses interested in participating in these events and other free hiring services the department provides, such as Maine’s Job Bank, should contact their local CareerCenter.

The following Job Fairs have been scheduled to date around the state:

  • Sept. 29: Job Fair at the Augusta CareerCenter, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 1: Job Fair at the Portland CareerCenter, 185 Lancaster St. Suite 101, Portland 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Oct. 6: Lewiston CareerCenter Job Fair, 5 Mollison Way, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Oct. 15: 17th Annual Fall Career Fair at the Bangor Mall, 663 Stillwater Avenue, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first hour, from 10 to 11 a.m., is dedicated to military veterans. Sponsored by the Bangor CareerCenter, Bangor Daily News, Bangor Mall, Maine Army Guard, Tri-County Workforce Investment Board, General Rental Center, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, and the Maine Department of Labor.
  • Oct. 15: Presque Isle Area Career Fair,Presque Isle Recreation Center, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Oct. 27: Job Fair at the Augusta CareerCenter, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Nov. 3: Lewiston CareerCenter Job Fair, 5 Mollison Way, 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Nov. 12: Southern Midcoast Job Fair at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Brunswick, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first hour is reserved for Veterans, Service Members and their families.
  • Nov. 24: Job Fair at the Augusta CareerCenter, 21 Enterprise Drive, Suite 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Dec 1: Lewiston CareerCenter Job Fair, 5 Mollison Way, 9 to 11 a.m.

CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops and 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.

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

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Department of Labor Launching Job Vacancy Survey Bookmark and Share

September 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 15, 2014 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

State seeks to identify hard-to-fill jobs to target worker training programs

AUGUSTA—The Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information has mailed a survey to 3,500 Maine businesses seeking feedback about hard-to-fill jobs. The survey is being paid for in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Employers should be receiving the surveys the third week of September.

“Maine needs to ensure that businesses can find workers with the right skills for jobs in demand,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “This survey will help the state understand what jobs are hard to fill, and this will help us target training programs to teach those skills. The survey is an example of how the state can use its resources to be a partner to the business community instead of a hurdle.”

The survey will ask employers whether they have job openings for which they are actively recruiting in the month of September. It asks employers to respond yes or no, to briefly describe open positions, and identify whether the positions are difficult to fill.

“Maine continues to recover from the recent recession,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “Our unemployment rate has fallen dramatically, but remains above our long-term average. At the same time, many employers indicate they have difficulty finding workers who possess the knowledge and skills to fill job openings in their organizations. This situation is often described as a ‘skills gap.’ This survey will provide specific information that will help us determine where and to what extent skills gaps may exist in Maine.”

Employers can respond by mail, email, fax or telephone, or using an online survey. Employer participation is crucial – even if the response is “no job openings at this time”.

CWRI expects to report the results early next year, identifying vacancies by occupation, by industry and by geographical region. Specific employer information will be kept confidential.

This survey was paid in part by DECD to address the issues identified in the Workforce Opportunities Program. The Workforce Opportunities legislation approved last session requires DECD to work with the Department of Labor and industry partners to resolve the unmet employment needs of Maine’s businesses. The legislation did not identify the source of “unmet need,” so the survey serves as an important initial information tool to establish a baseline.

The Department of Labor will use the information to identify the number and types of job vacancies that exist and to learn what employers seek in qualified candidates. “We need to know which jobs are in demand and which are difficult to fill. This information will help target limited resources to meet the need for skilled and ready workers,” added Commissioner Paquette.

Employers with questions about CWRI’s surveys can learn more at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/respondents.html .

CWRI develops and disseminates information on employment, unemployment and wages; analyzes outcomes of education and training programs to guide decision-making; and develops industry and occupational employment forecasts designed to guide career planning and curriculum development. They work with a wide range of customers to provide context to the dynamics of the economy and the implications those have for workforce development. CWRI publishes a variety of data on Maine’s economy, workforce and demographics at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri .

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More than 8,000 Job Listings Available on the Maine Job Bank through Mid-September Bookmark and Share

September 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2014 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

Registered job seekers accepted more than 27,900 referrals from the job matching feature.

AUGUSTA—Employers on the Maine Job Bank had 8,051 job openings available through September 12, 2014, at www.mainecareercenter.com. Year-over-year the Job Bank has seen the number of available positions grow from 7,087 in 2013 and 4,337 in 2012.

"Companies are hiring for both permanent and seasonal positions during this time of year at several job fairs as well as online at the Job Bank," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Mainers have the opportunity to find work and I encourage you to connect with your local CareerCenter for help in getting that job."

All job listings on the Maine Job Bank have been posted within the last 90 days by Maine employers and dedicated staff at the Department of Labor. The team at the department reviews each employer who registers and its respective postings before activating the job live on the site. CareerCenter staff follow up with employers after two weeks to review the listing's response, make any adjustments or take the listing down when filled.

Those who register for a no-cost job seeker account will be able to add their resume, enter their skills and experience and create email alerts to receive jobs that most closely match their profile. The Maine Job Bank includes a custom matching system that connects the requirements of the job opening with the skills and experience of a job seeker. Registered job seekers have accepted almost 28,000 of these referrals since the beginning of the program year on July 1, 2014; accepting the referral is the first step in applying for the job.

The Maine Job Bank is one of many no-charge services provided by the CareerCenters; all services and workshops help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O*Net software for skills assessment.

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

The Maine Job Bank incorporates a high level of security and user confidentiality and is put through rigorous testing for ADA compliance.

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Media Advisory: First Lady Ann LePage and Travis Mills Kick Off Maine Veterans’ Jobs Conference Bookmark and Share

September 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2014
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009, cell 207-557-1483

AUGUSTA— The Maine Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Labor are co-hosting the two-day conference, Maine Values Veterans: Employment and Community Engagement, to share best practices and engage the various agencies tasked with connecting veterans with employment in Maine.

Joining Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette, First Lady Ann LePage will offer welcoming remarks. Travis Mills, president of Travis Mills Group LLC and a retired U.S. Army Staff Sargent and wounded warrior, will present the keynote address.

“This important gathering focuses on how we in the state of Maine can do a better job serving those who have served our country—our veterans,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “Their hard work and sacrifice must be acknowledged with our best efforts—it is only right and just that we honor them by doing the best we can to bring them home, provide a supported transition to civilian life and link them with a good job with a career ladder.”

When: September 25, 2014
10 a.m. – Jeanne Paquette, Commissioner, Maine Department of Labor
10:15 a.m. – First Lady Ann LePage
10:20 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – Travis Mills

Where: Sheepscot Harbour Village and Resort, Edgecomb, ME

New Federal Injury Recordkeeping Rule to Affect Maine Employers on Jan. 1, 2015 Bookmark and Share

November 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 7, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009; cell: 557-1483

Maine Department of Labor offering courses to help businesses stay up-to-date

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor has scheduled additional trainings to help employers comply with changes to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) injury recordkeeping requirements.

“Our Administration continues to be proactive in helping employers comply with the law,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “The department’s SafetyWorks! program provides services and training sessions at no charge to our businesses in the areas of workplace safety and health. These recordkeeping courses will help employers stay on top of the new federal rules.”

Several changes in federal OSHA rules will take effect Jan. 1, 2015; some changes affect all private-sector employers while other changes affect certain industries. OSHA has provided details about the rules changes at https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.showdocument?ptable=NEWSRELEASES&pid=26673 .

To educate employers, the department’s SafetyWorks! program has scheduled three additional, no-charge classes on OSHA recordkeeping: Nov. 17, Dec. 8 and Dec. 16. All three classes run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The classes on Nov. 17 and Dec. 8 will be held in Augusta at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute. The class on Dec. 16 will be held at the City of Westbrook’s public safety building.

Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.safetyworksmaine.com or call 207-623-7900 to enroll. Space is limited so reservations are required.

In addition to the classes, SafetyWorks! may be able to provide your organization or business with a one-hour overview on these updates. Contact 207-623-7903 for more information.

There are three major changes. First, new rules for reporting catastrophic events are applicable to all private-sector worksites. Specific rules on reporting fatalities, amputations and in-patient hospitalizations will go into effect January 1. An OSHA fact sheet detailing how to report catastrophic events is available at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/OSHA3745.pdf .

Second, OSHA has changed the list of businesses required to follow the OSHA recordkeeping rules and maintain the OSHA recordkeeping forms (the 300, the 300A and the 301 forms). New and used car dealers with 11 or more employees (NAICS codes 441110 and 441120) are the largest group of employers affected by this change, with about 4,000 employees in Maine covered by the revised recordkeeping rules.

Third, some businesses have been newly exempted from OSHA recordkeeping rules. Among these are combination gasoline stations and convenience stores (NAICS 447110), all publishers (NAICS 5111) and all corporate sales and headquarters offices (NAICS 551114). A complete list of private-sector businesses ordinarily exempt from recordkeeping is available at https://www.osha.gov/recordkeeping2014/OSHA3746.pdf .

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. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com .

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

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December Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, 474-4950; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

SKOWHEGAN—Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in December.

"I encourage those considering a New Year's resolution to find a new job or change careers to start now and get a leg up on the competition" said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops on your job search and interviewing. Connect with your local center as soon as possible to take advantage of these no-cost services and be prepared."

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Skowhegan CareerCenter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SkowheganCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

GATEway to Employment: Monday, December 1 and 15, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This workshop will provide you more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the “hidden job market,” identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Tuesday, December 2, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

This workshop provides valuable tips on cover letters, resume writing, the contents and format and much more. Learn to make a new, highly effective resume using the techniques taught in this workshop.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Wednesday, December 3 and 17, 10 a.m.

This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The financial aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Bring last year’s income tax forms to this appointment. Please call 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. This session is held at the DHHS offices located next door to the CareerCenter in the same building.

Successful Interviewing Skills: Tuesday, December 9, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion of the purpose of the interview, types of interviews and general preparation for interviews. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence.

CareerCenter Application Session

Our CareerCenter Consultants assist people with their job searches, career decision making and training plans. If you are interested in obtaining more one-on-one assistance from a CareerCenter Consultant, contact the CareerCenter at 474-4950 to make an appointment and get the list of required documents to bring.

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 no cost.

Call 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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December Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

December Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2014 Contact: Leon Ouimet, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

Brunswick—The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"I encourage those considering a New Year's resolution to find a new job or change careers to start now and get a leg up on the competition" said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops on your job search and interviewing. Connect with your local center as soon as possible to take advantage of these no-cost services and be prepared."

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. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.com or call 207-373-4000.

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.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, December 3, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today’s job market.

GATEways to Employment: Thursdays, December 4 and 18, 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. (Please Note: Maine Job Bank Registration/Account Required)

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop: Wednesday, December 10, 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, December 17, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Computer Boot Camp: Individual sessions held daily 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (except Wednesdays), and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 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:

Essentials of College Planning Workshop: Tuesday, December 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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 Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC’s website, meoc.maine.edu .

Small Business Start Up Workshop: Thursday, December 18, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson will walk you through the keys to successful business start-up and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to speak with a Goodwill representative. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer 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 Shelley Taylor in Brunswick at 207-386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org. Workshops are held at Brunswick Landing at the University College administrative offices, found on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on the first floor wing of Orion Hall, 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provide public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the 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, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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December Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Wilton CareerCenter, 645-5800; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

WILTON—For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for jobseekers in December. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted.

"I encourage those considering a New Year's resolution to find a new job or change careers to start now and get a leg up on the competition" said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops on your job search and interviewing. Connect with your local center as soon as possible to take advantage of these no-cost services and be prepared."

To learn more, like the Wilton CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WiltonCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Thursday, December 4, 9 a.m. to noon

This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required.

GATEway to Employment: Thursday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 17, 9 a.m. to noon

This workshop offers an overview of basic information on resumes; interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Thursday, December 18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Covers the basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges and complete the financial aid form. To register, call 800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Resumes and Interview Skills: Call to Schedule

An in-depth exploration of the job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out positively by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Call us at 645-5800 to check our schedule of dates and times and schedule a workshop.

O*Net Ability Profiler: Call to Schedule

Please call if interested; this workshop requires five or more participants to run. O*Net is a career exploration tool that helps individuals plan work livelihoods using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed and to identify occupations that fit an individual’s strengths.

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.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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December Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2014 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

ROCKLAND—The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"I encourage those considering a New Year's resolution to find a new job or change careers to start now and get a leg up on the competition" said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops on your job search and interviewing. Connect with your local center as soon as possible to take advantage of these no-cost services and be prepared."

The Rockland CareerCenter continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Rockland CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandCareerCenter or call 596-2600.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless otherwise stated.

GATEways to Employment: Tuesday, Dec. 2 and 16, 9 a.m. to Noon. Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, December 3, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, December 10, 9 a.m. to noon Understand your personality type as an aid to choosing a career. This workshop requires you to complete a paper quiz at the CareerCenter at least one week before.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Wednesday, December 17, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Thursday, December 18, 9 a.m. to noon Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Small Business Start-up: Tuesday, December 16, 1 to 3 p.m. Details how to approach a business plan, for people interested in opening a small business.

Computer Boot Camp: Tuesday mornings Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce basic computer skills to people who have not used one before. By appointment only.

The Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Rockland CareerCenter in at 596-2600 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every other week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested in will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer 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 Shelley Taylor at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O ’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.

Rockland CareerCenter is located at 91 Camden St. and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. They can be reached at 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Notice of Rulemaking: 12 DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, 172 MAINE UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE COMMISSION; Chapter 10: WORK SEARCH REQUIREMENTS Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

Note: To access a copy of the proposed rules changes, interested parties should click on the following link http://www.maine.gov/sos/cec/rules/notices/2014/111914.html

AGENCY: Department of Labor – Unemployment Insurance Commission

CHAPTER NUMBER AND TITLE: 12-172 Work Search Requirements

PROPOSED RULE NUMBER: 2014-261

CONTACT PERSON FOR THIS FILING:
Susan Wasserott
Director of Legislative Affairs/Rulemaking Liaison
54 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0054
207-621-5095

CONTACT PERSON FOR SMALL BUSINESS INFORMATION (if different):

PUBLIC HEARING (if any): No public hearing

COMMENT DEADLINE: Friday, December 19, 2014

BRIEF SUMMARY: Modification of this rule is sought to update the rule to adequately reflect the current work search methods utilized by claimants, to provide clearer guidelines regarding claimants’ duty to track their work search efforts and present evidence of these efforts to the Bureau upon request, to include additional grounds for waiver of the requirement, and to modify the disqualification process.

IMPACT ON MUNICIPALITIES OR COUNTIES (if any) N/A

STATUTORY AUTHORITY FOR THIS RULE: 26 MRS §1082(2) and §1192(3)

SUBSTANTIVE STATE OR FEDERAL LAW BEING IMPLEMENTED (if different):

E-MAIL FOR OVERALL AGENCY RULE-MAKING LIAISON: Susan.Wasserott@maine.gov

Supporting documents

Proposed Rules - Chapter 10 Work Search Requirements

Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in December Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 19, 2014 Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Space is available for the safety classes in Augusta and Westbrook

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers throughout December.

"New federal OSHA recordkeeping updates are happening come January 1 and SafetyWorks! is increasing these workshops to help businesses prepare for the changes," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "I encourage businesses to take advantage of all SafetyWorks! programs and consultations. The return on investment in workplace safety is well worth the effort."

Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees to ensure and promote safety in the workplace. The courses are held at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted.

Driver Awareness: December 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tranportation-related crashes are the leading cause of workplace death in Maine. Driver awareness training can help your organization reduce crashes that cause property damage, injury, and death. Learn about Maine motor vehicle laws, defensive driving techniques, and resources for tracking traffic safety awareness.

Scaffolding and Fall Protection: December 3, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In this class you will learn the types of scaffolding and proper setup. You will also learn how to protect workers from falls and when you must use fall protection. The instructor will explain the OSHA requirements for scaffolding and fall protection, including the definition of "competent person". The eight-hour program will include a demonstration of the proper setup of scaffolding. Fall protection will be covered in the morning and scaffolding in the afternoon.

OSHA Recordkeeping: December 4 and 8 in Augusta and December 16 at Westbrook Public Safety, 570 Main Street, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This class provides a thorough and comprehensive six-hour training for both new and experienced safety and human resources personnel. You will learn the OSHA rule (29 CFR 1904) regarding recording and reporting work-related injuries and illnesses as it applies to your organization. This class includes numerous hands-on activities on how to correctly fill out the required injury reporting forms. This class will include updates to the OSHA Recordkeeping Standard (29 CFR 1904), which goes into effect January 1, 2015.

Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance: December 9, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This half-day course provides training for the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jacks and jacks stands, inspections, compliance reporting, training and documentation required by various inspecting agencies. The course will provide the information needed for a safer workplace which helps eliminate citations and can possibly lower a company's workers compensation insurance costs. The course will have both classroom and hands-on training.

10-Hour Construction Standards: December 11-12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This one-and-a-half-day course gives basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion card for construction. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two. OTI charges $5 per card.

30-Hour General Industry Standards, December 15-19, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This five-day course introduces attendees new to safety and health to the OSHA standards for general industry (29 CFR 1910). Attendees who complete all five days will receive OSHA 30-hour general industry course completion cards. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. day one through day five. OTI charges $5 per card.

Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.safetyworksmaine.com and clicking "More Classes" from the homepage. Space is limited so reservations are required.

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. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

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December Workshops at the Presque Isle CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2014 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 760-6300; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

PRESQUE ISLE - The Presque Isle CareerCenter announces December programming for job seekers and those who are considering training for a new career.

"I encourage those considering a New Year's resolution to find a new job or change careers to start now and get a leg up on the competition" said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops on your job search and interviewing. Connect with your local center as soon as possible to take advantage of these no-cost services and be prepared."

Job seekers and businesses interested in connecting with one another can also “like” the CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Presque-Isle-CareerCenter/272239134751?ref=br_tf . Events are held at the Presque Isle CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street, unless otherwise noted. Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

Creating Winning Resumes: December 3, 10 and 17, 9 a.m. Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

Financial Aid: December 3 and 17, 9 a.m. Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-373 or at http://meoc.maine.edu .

Computer Boot Camp: December 5 and 12, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Do you have troubles with computers? Want to spruce up your skills? Call Pete at 760-6318 to schedule your seat for computer boot camp.

Interview Workshop: December 8, 1 p.m. Interviewing formats are constantly changing. Find out what to expect when you walk in to sit down with an employer.

Gateways to Employment: December 19, 9 a.m. Want to jump start your job search? Learn new strategies, proper interviewing skills and the correct way to fill out a job application.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History: December 22, 1 p.m. Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions, and identify where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search.

Gateways to Employment (Houlton): December 23, 9 a.m. Want to jump start your job search? Learn new strategies, proper interviewing skills and the correct way to fill out a job application.

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.

Call 760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 66 Spruce Street in Presque Isle, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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December Programs for Job Seekers at the York County CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 20, 2014 Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

SPRINGVALE – The York County CareerCenter in Springvale continues its workshop programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability.

"I encourage those considering a New Year's resolution to find a new job or change careers to start now and get a leg up on the competition" said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops on your job search and interviewing. Connect with your local center as soon as possible to take advantage of these no-cost services and be prepared."

CareerCenters can assist businesses by offering workshops on location, at local businesses or other organizations at no cost. The following workshops and programs will be held at the CareerCenter in Springvale unless otherwise noted.

Resume Workshop – Tuesday, December 2, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the basics of resume writing and learn how to promote the qualifications you have that directly match what the employer needs. Registration is required.

Essentials of College Planning Workshop – Monday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Randi Paine from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) will be offering a free workshop for adults 19 and older covering topics on College Awareness and Planning along with the Federal Financial Aid process. The instructor will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Space is limited please call Karen Hadley Keim at 1-800-281-3703 or 581-3736 to register or visit MEOC’s website at http://meoc.maine.edu .

The Job Cafe: Series dealing with job loss and handling stress Part 3 of 4 - Self Esteem: Thursday, December 4, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Part 4 of 4 - Prioritizing: Thursday, December 11, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Join us for the final two parts in our series on dealing with job loss and handling stress. Attend one session or both, it’s your choice! Are you feeling a loss of identity, daily routine and sense of financial security or work-based social network? Losing your job forces you to make rapid changes. You may feel angry, hurt, panicked, rejected, and scared. You are not alone! Engage or just listen.

Registration is required as seats will be limited. Call 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151.

Interview Workshop – Tuesday, December 16, 9 a.m. to noon Learn new interviewing techniques by role playing interviews. Registration required.

GATEways to Employment – Monday, December 22, 9 a.m. to noon Join us for the beginning installment of our “workshop trilogy.” Learn how assessments can identify abilities, interests and skills and discover the unadvertised job market. Other topics include Job Search Strategies, Resumes, Cover Letter Tips and Interviewing. Registration required.

Employer Recruitments for December– please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com for additions and updates.

Springborn Staffing: Monday, December 1, 15 and 29, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. A representative from Springborn Staffing will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter. Openings are available for experienced production, assembly and warehouse personnel. Applicants must have reliable transportation. Please bring two valid forms of identification and resume to interview. Health insurance benefits are available. CoWorx: Wednesday, December 3 and 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A CoWorx representative will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter in Springvale for openings in York County. No appointment needed. Adecco Staffing: Every Monday, noon to 4 p.m. An Adecco representative will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter in Springvale. Current openings are in Sanford, Biddeford, Saco and Portland areas. No appointment required. Leddy Group: Every third Friday of each month, 8:30 to 11 a.m. A representative from the Leddy Group will be at the CareerCenter in Springvale for a variety of production positions. No appointment is necessary. The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in August:

Women Unlimited – Non-Traditional Occupations Specialist consultations for those interested in exploring non-traditional occupations (NTO) for women and who are considering a potentially better-paying job. Contact Sue LeClair, NTO specialist at 215-6992.

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you think you might qualify or could benefit from this program, please call the Workforce Solutions Center in Biddeford at 571-3301 to schedule a date for a training orientation.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer 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 Ruth Graves in Saco at 286-1722.

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 "York County Maine CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "York County Maine CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "York CareerCenter."

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.

The York County CareerCenter, located at 9 Bodwell Court in Springvale, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com . Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 5.8 Percent in October Bookmark and Share

November 21, 2014

State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette released October workforce estimates for Maine.

Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.8 percent in October was unchanged from September and down from 6.6 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 5,300 over the year to 40,800.

The employment to population ratio estimate of 60.9 percent remained above the U.S. average (59.2 percent) for the 85th consecutive month.

Our analysts advise that recent household survey estimates continue to correct from unusually favorable estimates earlier in the year. Similar patterns occurred in previous years, which can be seen in these charts and described in note 1.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 5.8 percent was little changed from 5.9 percent in September and down from 7.2 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 5.9 percent. Rates for other states were 4.2 percent in New Hampshire, 4.4 percent in Vermont, 6.0 percent in Massachusetts, 7.4 percent in Rhode Island, and 6.4 percent in Connecticut.

Labor force and unemployment data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .

Payroll Survey Estimates – The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate for October of 609,900 is up 5,800 from one year ago. Private sector jobs were up 6,400, primarily in the education and healthcare, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality sectors. The estimate for government was down 600 from one year ago (see note 2).

Nonfarm payroll jobs data is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .

Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in October, down from 5.9 percent one year ago. Not seasonally adjusted rates ranged from 4.1 percent in Cumberland County to 7.2 percent in Washington and Piscataquis Counties. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.

Among metro areas the unemployment rate was below the statewide average in Portland-South Portland-Biddeford (4.1 percent) and Lewiston-Auburn (4.8 percent) and close to the statewide average in Bangor (5.2 percent).

This release is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/news/release.html .

November estimates will be released Friday, December 19 (Data Release Schedule: http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/releaseDates.html ).

NOTES:

  1. Preliminary labor force estimates, including unemployment and employment to population ratios for Maine 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 (to be published in March 2015) will eliminate those directional patterns. A comparison of preliminary and annually revised unemployment rates is available at http://cwri.blogspot.com/2014/03/workforce-data-revisions-part-1.html.

  2. Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates tend to be volatile from month to month. Users should look to the trend over multiple months rather than the change from one specific month to another. Estimates for the period from October 2013 to September 2014 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2015. Those benchmark revisions are likely to show less volatility than preliminary estimates.

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Department of Labor Announces Additional Openings for Competitive Skills Scholarship Program Bookmark and Share

November 24, 2014

For Immediate Release: November 24, 2014
Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

Applications being accepted for residents in 10 counties

AUGUSTA—The Department of Labor has announced that applications are being accepted in 10 of Maine’s 16 counties through the CareerCenters for the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program. Applications for CSSP are currently being accepted from residents of Androscoggin, Aroostook, Franklin, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Somerset, Waldo and York Counties.

Applications are available on the CSSP webpage (http://www.maine.gov/labor/careerctr/services-programs/training/cssp/index.shtml) and at local CareerCenters. People interested in applying should use the application specific to their county of residence.

“CSSP offers low-income and unemployed Mainers scholarships and assistance to help them earn industry-recognized credentials for an in-demand job,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We are maximizing training for occupation-specific skills to better connect the long-term unemployed with good-paying jobs in our growing economy. If you want to start or finish a degree or train for a specific job, this program could be a good fit.”

The Department of Labor maintains a list of jobs considered high-wage, in-demand occupations. These jobs have an average wage at or above the average wage for all occupations in Maine and are projected to have a minimum number of job openings annually.

People interested in applying for a CSSP scholarship should contact their local CareerCenter. Slots are awarded based on income eligibility and other program criteria. More information is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/careerctr/services-programs/training/cssp/index.shtml .

The CSSP was established in 2008 to meet businesses’ demand for skilled workers and to provide funding for Maine residents to train for work in high-wage, high-growth and in-demand occupations. Funding for the program comes from the state Competitive Skills Scholarship Fund, through an offset of employer-paid unemployment taxes.

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

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Location-specific information:

Residents of Penobscot County should apply to the Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Suite 3, Bangor, phone: 561-4050 or 1-888-828-0568, fax: 561-4066

Residents of Sagadahoc and Lincoln Counties should apply to the Brunswick (Southern Midcoast) CareerCenter, 275 Bath Road, Brunswick, phone: 373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355, fax: 373-4004

Residents of Androscoggin should apply to the Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston, phone: 753-9001 or 1-800-741-2991, fax: 783-5301

Residents of Aroostook County should apply to the Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce Street, Suite 1, Presque Isle, phone: 760-6300 or 1-800-635-0357, fax: 760-6350

Residents of Waldo County should apply to the Rockland CareerCenter, 91 Camden Street, Suite 201, Rockland, phone: 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916, fax: 594-1428

Residents of Somerset County should apply to the Skowhegan CareerCenter, 98 North Avenue, Skowhegan, phone: 474-4950 or 1-800-760-1572, fax: 474-4914

Residents of York County should apply to the Springvale CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale, phone: 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151, fax: 324-7069

Residents of Franklin County should apply to the Wilton CareerCenter, 865 US Route 2E, Wilton, phone: 645-5800 or 1-800-982-4311, fax: 645-2093

Residents of Oxford County should apply to either the Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston, phone: 753-9001 or 1-800-741-2991, fax: 783-5301 or to the Wilton CareerCenter, 865 US Route 2E, Wilton, ME 04294-6649; phone: 645-5800 or 1-800-982-4311, fax: 645-2093

New Healthcare Job Training Program Seeks Enrollees Bookmark and Share

November 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Qualified Candidates will receive training at no-cost to themselves and be guaranteed a job interview

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor and Maine’s Adult Education program are launching a new job-training initiative targeted to people who have been out of work for six months or longer.

“The first phase of this training will launch in the Lewiston-Auburn area and targets people interested in careers in healthcare,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “This program helps our long-term unemployed get back to work with industry-specific skills in growing industries. It’s a gateway to a new career with good wages.”

The CareerCenter, in partnership with Lewiston Adult Education, St. Mary’s Health System and other providers is offering a Ready2Work course combined with Certified Nursing Assistant training.

Participants will receive a Ready2Work/Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate recognized by St. Mary’s Health System and other health care facilities. Qualified participants who complete the training will be guaranteed a job interview. Participants can start earning wages during the course.

The first Ready2Work/CNA class will start on Jan. 5, 2015. To learn more about the program, contact the Lewiston CareerCenter at 207-753-9001 or 800-741-2991. TTY users call Maine Relay 711.

All job seekers interested in participating must first pass a background check, a physical exam verifying their ability to perform essential job functions and a drug screening. This will assure that minimum requirements of participating employers are met before investing service dollars to support the individual’s enrollment in the initial training.

The Ready2Work (R2W): Careers in Health Care Setting program aims to develop a skilled “pipeline” to address the projected growth and anticipated replacement needs of Maine’s healthcare workforce using a regional, sector-partnership model.

The first level of training will focus on development of essential “soft skills” and other core topics identified by participating employers. For the healthcare sector, these skills include the requirements for confidentiality in healthcare, generational differences, basic computer skills, critical reading in science and technology, CPR, hand hygiene, managing stress, career exploration, job shadowing, workplace safety and customer service. Students who complete the Phase I training will earn an employer-recognized readiness certificate.

Successful trainees will have options of then choosing a specific occupational path; will be assessed for their “fit” to that occupation; and (if appropriate) continuing training (Phase II) through on-the-job training, customized training, apprenticeship and other training mechanisms until they are prepared for placement. Graduates will be guaranteed an interview by the host hospital when they apply for a job, assuming they meet the minimum entrance criteria for the job.

This program is a collaboration between the Department of Labor, the Department of Education, the Central Western Workforce Investment Board,-Western Maine Community Action Program, the Department of Health and Human Services and St. Mary’s Health System. Kennebec Valley Community College also provided assistance in the initial design of the program.

The Department of Labor’s Bureau of Employment Services is funding these trainings through the $4.85 million Job Driven National Emergency Grant funding it received in July 2014.

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New Videos Explain the Unemployment System Bookmark and Share

November 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

10 short videos educate claimants and employers about the process and requirements

AUGUSTA—A new series of 10 videos will help both claimants and employers navigate Maine’s unemployment system. They can be accessed on the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Unemployment Compensation website at www.file4UI.com.

Designed for individuals and employers who are new to the unemployment program, these short videos provide guidance and answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding unemployment insurance.

“These videos help not only people who have lost their job understand what’s involved with filing for unemployment but also new employers take the right steps to comply with the law,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Unemployment is a critical safety net for our workers. By helping people understand their rights and responsibilities and how to do things properly, we can increase compliance of both claimants and employers. This makes the system more efficient and reduces fraud.”

For people who have lost their job and are considering filing a claim as well as for people who have filed a few claims but have questions, several videos offer helpful information, covering such topics as filing initial and weekly claims, eligibility requirements for unemployment, looking for work and information on the appeal process.

The videos targeted to employers explain what an employer must do to open an account, keep their experience rate low and file appeals.

Videos for claimants:

Videos for employers:

Videos for both claimants and employers:

The videos have additional versions captioned in English, French Canadian and Spanish. They were funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor with the goals of improving compliance with unemployment regulations and reducing fraud.

The Maine Department of Labor administers the state’s unemployment system. Unemployment is an insurance program providing temporary, partial wage replacement to workers. In order to qualify for benefits, workers must have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, be actively seeking work and be able to accept new work. Workers who do not participate in a suitable, verifiable work search or who do not document their work search risk losing unemployment benefits and could be required to pay back benefits they have received.

For more information about unemployment benefits, please visit http://www.file4ui.com.

The Unemployment Trust Fund is supported through taxes paid by employers based on the first $12,000 in gross wages paid to an individual in a calendar year. For more information about unemployment employer services, please visit http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/tax.html .

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December Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

November 24, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 24, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094 Media Contanct: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering no-cost programs throughout December, including a job fair with about 20 employers on December 1. The job fair will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston.

"I encourage those considering a New Year's resolution to find a new job or change careers to start now and get a leg up on the competition" said Governor Paul R. LePage. "CareerCenters offer a variety of workshops on your job search and interviewing. Connect with your local center as soon as possible to take advantage of these no-cost services and be prepared."

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 753-9005. To learn more, like the Lewiston CareerCenter on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lewiston-CareerCenter/137045791777 . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs.

Job Fair – December 1, 9 to 11 a.m.: 15-20 employers, all of whom are hiring, will be on hand to talk with job seekers. Be prepared with a resume and to have an “interview-like” conversation--dress to impress!

Career Planning: Finding Your place in Today's Job Market – December 1 and 8, 1 to 3:30 p.m.: Register with Laurie at 753-6672.

Career Decision Making – December 1 and 8 and December 15 and 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: This two-part workshop reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information gained from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. To register please call 753-9005.

GATEway to Employment – December 4 or 18, 2 to 4 p.m.: Offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! To register call 753-9005.

Professionals Moving Ahead! Human Resource Panel I – December 4, 9 a.m. to noon: Join us for this panel of HR and Recruiting Staff from Lewiston-Auburn companies. Learn about job search strategy and get job search tips from experts as they discuss resumes, cover letters, interviews and first impressions. Recruiters from Central Maine Orthopedics, Manpower, Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care, and other businesses will answer all your questions. Even if you are not interested in one of these companies, you will surely walk away with valuable information that will benefit your job search.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – December 5, 9 to 10 a.m.: Do you have a criminal back ground? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and where best to seek employment which will lead to a successful job search.

Job Search Skills – December 11, 2 to 4 p.m.: It’s a competitive job market. This job search skills workshop will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! To register please call 753-9005.

Resumés and Interview Skills – Part I – December 11, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and December 17, 2 to 5 p.m.: An in-depth exploration of job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out in a positive way by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. The September 11 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The December 17 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Mock Job Interviews – December 16, 9 to 11 a.m.: You have the perfect resume and you are invited to an interview—awesome! Then comes that dreadful thought—“I haven’t interviewed in years” or “I am new to interviewing” or “I have interviewed several times but I am not getting job offers.” Attend this workshop to master the interview! Success comes with practice and practicing in a workshop is risk-free and instructional. Get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview.

Professionals Moving Ahead! Human Resource Panel II – December 18, 9 a.m. to noon: Join us for this panel of HR and Recruiting Staff from Lewiston-Auburn companies. Learn about job search strategy and get job search tips from experts as they discuss resumes, cover letters, interviews and first impressions. Recruiters from TD Bank, the City of Auburn, and other businesses will answer all your questions. Even if you are not interested in one of these companies or these industries, you will surely walk away with valuable information that will benefit your job search.

Training and Education Resources and Information

Training Orientation: is an overview of training programs at the CareerCenter, eligibility requirements, and information on accessing services. This is for people interested in pursuing training and education. If you are interested in job search only, consider “The Job Search Skills” workshop. Call 753-9005 for meeting schedule and to register. NOTE: If you live in the South Paris area, call 743-7763 x 1 for information on the South Paris CareerCenter orientation dates/times.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Basic steps for successful college enrollment. Learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Register by calling 1-800-281-3703. Please bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Orientation for People with Disabilities – December 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m.: For those who are considering vocational rehabilitation services, these sessions are held the third Friday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

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.

Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston, is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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January Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

December 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Wilton CareerCenter, 645-5800; Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

WILTON—For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for jobseekers in January. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

To learn more, like the Wilton CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/WiltonCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 645-5800.

GATEway to Employment: Wednesdays, January 7 and 21, 9 a.m. to noon

This workshop offers an overview of basic information on resumes; interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Thursday, January 8, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Covers the basic steps for successful college enrollment: learn about college and trade schools, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. Review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges and complete the financial aid form. To register, call 800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Resumes and Interview Skills: Call to Schedule

An in-depth exploration of the job search, resumes, applications and interviews. Learn how to stand out positively by marketing yourself—in person and on paper—in a way that directly matches employer needs. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence. Call us at 645-5800 to check our schedule of dates and times and schedule a workshop.

O*Net Ability Profiler: Call to Schedule

Please call if interested; this workshop requires five or more participants to run. O*Net is a career exploration tool that helps individuals plan work livelihoods using a paper and pencil format with optional apparatus parts and computerized scoring. Results can be used to identify strengths for which more training/education is needed and to identify occupations that fit an individual’s strengths.

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.

Call 645-5800 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 865 U.S. Rt. 2E Wilton, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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Janaury Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

December 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, 474-4950; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

SKOWHEGAN—Maine CareerCenters bring job seekers and employers together. For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Skowhegan CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in January.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. To learn more, like the Skowhegan CareerCenter on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SkowheganCareercenter . Maine Veterans receive priority of service in all CareerCenter programs. To register for sessions held at the CareerCenter, call 474-4950.

GATEway to Employment: Mondays, January 5 and 26, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

This workshop will provide you more information about the resources that the CareerCenter has to offer, including the newest tools to assist you in conducting an efficient and productive job search. Topics covered include: how to tap into the “hidden job market,” identifying the skills you have to offer employers, tips on successfully completing applications, resumes and cover letters and how to register and apply for jobs posted through the CareerCenter.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Tuesday, January 6, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

This workshop provides valuable tips on cover letters, resume writing, the contents and format and much more. Learn to make a new, highly effective resume using the techniques taught in this workshop.

Successful Interviewing Skills: Tuesday, January 13, 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Discussion of the purpose of the interview, types of interviews and general preparation for interviews. “Tough” interview questions will be discussed so that you can answer them with confidence.

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Wednesdays, January 14 and 28, 10 a.m.

This interactive workshop touches on the four steps in the college process: admissions, financial aid, career planning and study skills. The financial aid portion of this workshop will provide an overview of financial basics and the completion of the Free Application of Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Bring last year’s income tax forms to this appointment. Please call 1-800-281-3703 to pre-register. This session is held at the DHHS offices located next door to the CareerCenter in the same building.

CareerCenter Application Session

Our CareerCenter Consultants assist people with their job searches, career decision making and training plans. If you are interested in obtaining more one-on-one assistance from a CareerCenter Consultant, contact the CareerCenter at 474-4950 to make an appointment and get the list of required documents to bring.

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 no cost.

Call 474-4950 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops. The CareerCenter, located at 98 North Avenue, Suite 20, Skowhegan, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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January Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

December 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2014

Contact: Leon Ouimet, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

BRUNSWICK—The Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

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. For more information on any of the CareerCenters programs, visit www.mainecareercenter.com or call 207-373-4000.

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.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Monday, January 12, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivation and how each transfers to today’s job market.

GATEways to Employment: Thursdays, January 8 and 22, 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. (Please note: Maine Job Bank registration/account required)

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop: Wednesdays, January 7, and Friday, January 23, 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, January 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Computer Boot Camp: Individual sessions held daily, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (except Wednesdays) and 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. 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:

Essentials of College Planning Workshop: Tuesday, January 13, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 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 Aid process. She will assist participants in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To register for the next available session or for more information, call 1-800-281-3703 or visit MEOC’s website, meoc.maine.edu .

Small Business Start Up Workshop: Thursday, January 22, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Interested in self-employment? So what does it really take to plan, start and run a successful small business where you can realize the challenges and satisfaction of working for yourself? Join us for a 2 hour afternoon session, where Maine Small Business Development Center Certified Master Business Counselor, Brad Swanson will walk you through the keys to successful business start-up and management, focusing on the business plan: What is it? Why do you need one? What can it do for you?

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter in Brunswick at 207-373-4000 to speak with a Goodwill representative. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer 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 Shelley Taylor in Brunswick at 207-386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org. Workshops are held at Brunswick Landing at the University College administrative offices, found on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) on the first floor wing of Orion Hall, 12 Sewall Street, Brunswick.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provide public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the 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, located at 275 Bath Road in Brunswick, is open 8 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and can be reached at 207-373-4000 or 1-888-836-3355 (TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711). You can also find more information at the CareerCenter website, www.mainecareercenter.com. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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January Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

December 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2014 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600; Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

ROCKLAND—The Rockland CareerCenter, part of the Maine Department of Labor, and its partners offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills and employers to find qualified workers.

"The CareerCenters provide Mainers with tools for an effective job search," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Along with workshops that will help you fine tune your resume or interviewing skills, they can help with Maine Job Bank registration and often hold job fairs. I encourage job seekers to start the new year off right and visit the CareerCenter online or at your local office."

The Rockland CareerCenter continues its series of workshops and programs for job seekers and those considering training to upgrade their skills and increase their employability. For more information, like the Rockland CareerCenter on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandCareerCenter or call 596-2600.

The following workshops and programs are free to the public and will be held at the CareerCenter in Rockland unless otherwise noted. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone, unless otherwise stated.

GATEways to Employment: Tuesdays, January 6 and 20, 9 a.m. to Noon. Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market.

Career Directions / Putting the Pieces Together: Wednesday, January 7, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, January 14, 9 a.m. to noon Understand your personality type as an aid to choosing a career. This workshop requires you to complete a paper quiz at the CareerCenter at least one week before.

Small Business Start-up: Tuesday, January 20, 1 to 3 p.m. Details how to approach a business plan, for people interested in opening a small business.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Wednesday, January 21, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Thursday, January 28, 9 a.m. to noon Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Computer Boot Camp: Tuesday mornings Arrange time with staff. Designed to introduce basic computer skills to people who have not used one before. By appointment only.

The Rockland CareerCenter also features several sessions led by these partner organizations:

Goodwill Workforce Solutions administers federally funded employment and training programs through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Certain eligibility requirements apply. If you are at least 22 years of age and think you might qualify or benefit from training, contact the Rockland CareerCenter in at 596-2600 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every other week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested in will be made available at the end of the orientation. Applicants 16 to 21 years of age should call the above number and inquire about the WIA Youth Program.

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer 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 Shelley Taylor at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org.

Each of the 12 statewide CareerCenters provides public-access computer workstations equipped with Microsoft Office, resume writing and cover letter software. In addition Internet access and O ’Net software for individual skills assessment are provided. Employers can list their open positions on Maine's Job Bank and take advantage of the online matching system, which identifies and refers job candidates. All CareerCenter services are provided free of charge to employers and job-seeking customers.

Rockland CareerCenter is located at 91 Camden St. and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. They can be reached at 596-2600 or 1-877-421-7916. TTY users should dial Maine Relay 711. Maine CareerCenters are an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in Janaury Bookmark and Share

December 16, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2014 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Space is available for the safety classes in Augusta and Bangor

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers throughout January.

"Making Maine more business friendly is a constant priority of this administration," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "One of the ways we do this is through education of workplace safety hazards that help employers provide a safe place for Mainers to work and be prepared in the case of a federal OSHA audit. Investing time and energy in safety helps everyone, I encourage businesses to connect with SafetyWorks! for one of these no-cost trainings or to schedule an on-site consultation."

Courses are held at no charge to employers and their employees to ensure and promote safety in the workplace. The courses are held at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute at the Maine Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta unless otherwise noted.

Automotive Lift/Jack Stand Safety and Compliance: January 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This half-day course provides training on the proper operation of multiple types of automotive lifts, jacks and jacks stands, inspection, compliance reporting, training and documentation required by various inspecting agencies. The course will provide the information needed for a safer workplace, which helps eliminate citations and can possibly lower a company’s workers compensation insurance. The course will have both classroom and hands-on training.

Forklift Operator Training: January 12, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This class is designed for new operators. The instruction will involve classroom and hands-on training. Training will include performing a forklift inspection and use of the department's "new forklift simulator." This training does not meet the requirements to qualify the participant to be a "qualified operator." Only the employer can provide such certification.

Accident Investigation/Injury Analysis: January 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When work doesn't go as planned, accidents and near-misses happen. Investigating these incidents can prevent similar or even more serious problems from happening. Learn how to conduct a thorough accident/incident investigation and how to use your results to prevent future accidents.

10-Hour Construction Standards: January 15-16, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

This 1 1/2 day course gives basic information on several of the OSHA standards for construction (29 CFR 1926). Attendees who complete the course will receive an OSHA 10-hour course completion certificate. Class runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on day two.

Trenching and Excavation, January 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Suite 3, Bangor

You will learn the dangers to employees, soil classifications, OSHA requirements and the types of protective systems to prevent cave-ins. You will also learn what is meant by “competent person.”

Noise/Hearing Protection: January 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This session will cover the effects of noise on hearing. Students will learn about the anatomy of the ear, the physics of sound, the effectiveness of hearing protectors and will show workers how they can protect themselves against hearing loss from the noise exposure on and off the job.

Safety Officer Training: January 22, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Suite 3, Bangor

This training is designed for the new Safety Officer. Topics covered will include, but are not limited to, OSHA regulations, facility inspections, required training and policies and procedures.

Bloodborne Pathogens Train-the-Trainer: January 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If your job responsibilities involve occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, this course is for you. This class will instruct you on how the OSHA standard (29 CFR 1910. 1030) applies to non-healthcare employers. This training is designed to provide an understanding of bloodborne pathogens, common modes of transmission, methods of prevention, developing an exposure control plan, and required training for employees. Training materials will be provided.

Scaffolding and Fall Protection: January 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In this class, you will learn the types of scaffolding and proper setup while learning how to protect workers from falls and when you must use fall protection. The instructor will explain the OSHA requirements for scaffolding and fall protection, including the definition of “competent person”. The eight-hour program will include a demonstration of the proper setup of scaffolding. Attendees must wear the appropriate PPE to class.

Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.safetyworksmaine.com and clicking "More Classes" from the homepage. Space is limited so reservations are required.

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. Employers interested in learning more about the consulting and training services offered by SafetyWorks! should call 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com .

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine’s workforce.

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Unemployment Claimants Reminded to File Online and Register with the Maine Job Bank Bookmark and Share

December 17, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2014
Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Unemployment filings peak annually after the holidays; system upgrade will require an extra step

AUGUSTA—Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette urges people who anticipate that they will be filing unemployment claims now through early in the new year to file online and to make sure that they are fully registered on the Maine Job Bank.

The first week of January is usually the busiest week of the year for unemployment claims as post-holiday seasonal layoffs occur at businesses around the state. This year, the Department will be upgrading part of the claims process in January, and with that will come an additional step to ensure claimants are registered on the Job Bank before they will be allowed to file an initial or continuing claim.

Governor Paul R. LePage advised, “Our goal is to help people who have lost a job return to the workforce as soon as possible, especially during the winter. If you are laid off, the best way to apply for unemployment is to file online at the Department of Labor’s unemployment website at http://www.file4ui.com . You must also register with the Maine Job Bank.”

Paquette stated, “Although laid-off workers can phone in their unemployment claims, high call volumes mean longer wait times. Our website offers the most convenient way to file a claim 24 hours a day and also connects job seekers to resources that will help them get a new job.”

She added, “As part of the process for filing an unemployment claim on the website or by phone, all individuals will be checked for an active and complete Job Bank registration. Those who do not have an active or completed Job Bank account will be required to register with the Maine Job Bank before filing their next claim."

"People who have already taken that step will be able to file their claim more quickly and may avoid having to call the department and experience a long wait time on the phone. We urge you to activate your Job Bank account as soon as possible and use it to accept referrals for job opportunities,” Commissioner Paquette emphasized.

Federal law requires all individuals collecting unemployment benefits to be registered with the employment service of their home state. For Maine residents, that service is the Maine Job Bank, part of the department’s Bureau of Employment Services and the CareerCenter network. People who do not have access to a computer or Internet are encouraged to use a computer at their local CareerCenter or public library. CareerCenter staff can help claimants sign up for a free email address, register for the Job Bank, learn how to create a resume and apply for jobs online.

Workers should use the correct website to file their claims. The department warns that there are many websites that offer to help laid-off workers file an unemployment claim. Some charge fees for the service, while others attempt to gather personal data on the people who use the sites. The safest way to file a claim online is by visiting http://www.file4ui.com .

Seasonal layoffs most often occur in the tourism, construction and retail sectors. Although claims typically increase right after Christmas, they drop off significantly in late winter as people begin to return to work.

In order to qualify to collect unemployment benefits, workers must have lost their jobs through no fault of their own, be actively seeking work and be able to accept new work. Workers who do not participate in a suitable, verifiable work search, who have not completed their Job Bank registration and are not actively accepting referrals or who do not document their work search risk losing unemployment benefits and could be required to pay back benefits they have received.

For more information about unemployment benefits, please visit http://www.file4ui.com . Information and support for job seekers or those interested in changing careers, including the link to the Maine Job Bank, are available at http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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