Notice of Rulemaking: Department of Labor and Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission Adopt Rule for Revised Work Search Requirements Bookmark and Share

November 20, 2014

The Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission has adopted the proposed changes to the rules 12-172 Work Search Requirements.

Modification of this rule updates 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 of Unemployment Compensation upon request, to include additional grounds for waiver of the requirement, and to modify the disqualification process.

Access a clean copy of the rule on the Maine Legislature's website for Notices to Legislature of Agency Rulemaking and Regulatory Agendas at http://www.mainelegislature.org/publicrulemaking/Public.aspx .

Job Fairs Scheduled Around the State Bookmark and Share

February 23, 2015

AUGUSTA—Job fair season is beginning to take shape around Maine, 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.

"Job fairs give job seekers and employers a way to meet face to face and learn about each other," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "Be prepared. Visit your local CareerCenter for resume and interviewing workshops."

Job seekers who need to update their resume or practice their interviewing skills should contact a CareerCenter for no-cost 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 .

"Many people may avoid going to a job fair to apply to their dream job because they doubt their skills or their ability to pay for training or returning to school," said Labor Commissioner Jeanne S. Paquette. “Whether you have a dream job in mind or just want to improve your career prospects, we urge you contact your local CareerCenter. There may be ways we can help you prepare for a job fair, brush up your skills with a specific course we recommend or retrain for an entirely different career. We have many programs right now that can assist job seekers at any stage of their career, including the long-term unemployed."

The following job fairs have been scheduled to date around the state:

March 2: Job Fair at the Lewiston CareerCenter, 4 to 6 p.m.

March 4: Job Fair at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, Noon to 3 p.m.

March 18: Job Fair, 9 a.m. to Noon, Mill Mall, Ellsworth

NEW March 24: MaineJobs Spring Career Fair, Italian Heritage Center, Portland, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

March 26: Machias Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lee-Pellon Center, 90 Main Street

March 27: 5th Annual York County Regional Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nasson Community Center, Springvale

March 30: Job Fair at the Augusta CareerCenter, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 1: Job Fair at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, Noon to 3 p.m.

April 6: Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Job Fair, 2 to 6 p.m. at St. Joseph's College, Standish

April 10: Androscoggin County Community Job Fair, 9 a.m. to Noon, Central Maine Community College, Auburn

April 16: Calais Job Fair, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Washington County Community College Gymnasium

April 23, Job / Resource Fair, 9 a.m. to Noon, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School cafeteria, 256 Main Street, South Paris

April 27: Job Fair at the Augusta CareerCenter, 3 to 6 p.m.

April 29: Career Fair, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Kennebec Valley Community College, Fairfield

May 4: Job Fair at the Lewiston CareerCenter, Time TBD

May 6: Job Fair at the Greater Portland CareerCenter, Noon to 3 p.m.

May 13: 8th Annual Regional Job Fair, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Warsaw Middle School, Pittsfield

May 14: Government Jobs Job Fair, Augusta Armory, Augusta

Businesses interested in participating in these events and other no-cost hiring services that the department provides, such as Maine’s Job Bank, should contact their local CareerCenter.

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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2015 Prevailing Wage Rates in Construction Released by Department of Labor Bookmark and Share

January 13, 2015

Prevailing wage rates are the minimum rates contractors must pay on State-contracted public works projects estimated to cost $50,000 or more.

AUGUSTA--The Bureau of Labor Standards at the Maine Department of Labor has released its Prevailing Wage Rates for Maine state-funded construction projects in 2015. Each construction project led by a State agency that is over $50,000 and funded with State money is required to have a prevailing wage determination attached to the bid document, which includes the minimum hourly wages and benefits the construction workers are to receive while working on that particular project. The official determination must be posted at the work site where the wages apply.

The bureau's Construction Wage Survey (CWS) collected 2014 data for 11,891 employees from 2,903 employers for the purpose of setting the prevailing wages. More information is available online at http://maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/publications/wagerateconst/index.html .

The Bureau of Labor Standards’ Wage and Hour Division provides oversight of Maine’s labor laws, including laws on minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, prevailing wage, breaks, leave, hours and dismissals. The bureau’s Workplace Safety and Health Division manages SafetyWorks!, the department’s on-site health and safety consultation and training program for Maine businesses, and enforces workplace safety regulations for public-sector employers.

Workers or employers with questions or concerns about either workplace safety or wage and hour issues should contact the department at 623-7900 or http://www.maine.gov/labor . Frequently asked questions about wage and hour laws are available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/faqs.html , and free labor law posters are available for download at http://www.maine.gov/labor/posters/index.html .

Employers interested in free safety training, labor law classes, and the safety recognition programs that exempt employers from federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspections should visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com/index.shtml .

The Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Maine Department of Labor Issues Results of Employer Survey on Drug-Testing Statute Bookmark and Share

January 16, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2015 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

Report highlights areas for potential reform

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor has issued the results of its recent employer survey about the state’s regulations regarding workplace drug testing. During the summer of 2014, the department solicited the input of Maine businesses and other organizations regarding the current statute governing employee-testing for alcohol and drug use in the workplace. The report is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/publications/substanceabuse .

“The Department has been proactive in seeking feedback to reform the drug-testing statute in light of frequent workplace-safety concerns raised over the medical marijuana law and the movement toward municipal ‘legalization’,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “This survey will help the department make the right changes to ensure that employers and their customers, other employees and equipment are protected from dangerous situations.”

During the last legislative session, the department proposed LD 1669, “An Act To Standardize and Simplify the Process for Employers to Provide a Drug-free Workplace,” which did not pass; however, during the discussions, a number of issues were raised concerning drug testing in the workplace. As a result, the department sought feedback to formulate future changes to the law and its rules to address employer and employee concerns. Employers wanting to enact a drug-testing program must have a policy approved by the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards, with the exception of federally covered employees.

The department solicited participation in the survey from all employers with approved drug-testing policies, insurance providers and organizations with a relationship to the issue, including medical marijuana organizations and providers, as well as other businesses and interested parties. As a result, 247 organizations responded to the survey.

Eighty-five of the surveyed organizations have not experienced drug-related incidents in their workplaces, although another 65 of the survey participants indicated they had not had an incident, but expected to have one at some point in the future and 81 had had a substance-related incident in the workplace, to include property and equipment damage, injury to the worker, and frightening situations such as violent threats. About a quarter of the substance-abuse related incidents resulted in no damages but the impaired worker needed to be escorted home due to incapacitation, and the same number resulted in injury to the impaired worker.

Maine law currently requires employers that want to provide a drug-free workplace by testing applicants and/or employees for substance use to develop and file a drug-testing policy with the Bureau of Labor Standards. The bureau reviews this policy to ensure compliance with state laws and rules before officially approving the policy, which then allows the employer to put it into effect. Prior feedback, which is largely supported by the results of this survey, has indicated that some of the mandated requirements are cost prohibitive for many small- and medium-sized employers, which deters many employers from implementing a policy. Several employers suggested alternative testing programs and policies in the survey feedback, which the department is considering as it proposes legislation to reform the existing statute.

While more than half of other states have drug testing statutes and regulations, Maine’s existing substance-testing law is an outlier in a number of ways. Maine is the only state that requires employers with more than 20 full-time employees to pay for employee assistance programs; fully exempts employers who have just one employee subject to federal testing; does not allow probable-cause testing for the first accident; and requires that the costs of drug rehabilitation be equally divided between the employer and employee. Survey results provide guidance on possible changes to these regulations.

More information on Maine’s workplace drug-testing laws is available on the Department of Labor’s website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/laborlaws/substanceabuse_testing .

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February Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

January 20, 2015

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 February.

"CareerCenters hold monthly workshops that help Mainers improve their job search and employment prospects," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They also offer several training programs that teach or improve job skills or develop new career paths after a job loss. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and let us know how we can help them get back into the workforce."

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, February 9 and 23, 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, February 3, 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, February 10, 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, February 11 and 24, 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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February Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

January 20, 2015

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 job seekers in February. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted.

"CareerCenters hold monthly workshops that help Mainers improve their job search and employment prospects," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They also offer several training programs that teach or improve job skills or develop new career paths after a job loss. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and let us know how we can help them get back into the workforce."

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, February 4 and 18, 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, February 5, 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, February 12, 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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February Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

January 20, 2015

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.

"CareerCenters hold monthly workshops that help Mainers improve their job search and employment prospects," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They also offer several training programs that teach or improve job skills or develop new career paths after a job loss. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and let us know how we can help them get back into the workforce."

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, February 4, 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, February 5 and 19, 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, February 11, and Thursday, February 26, 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, February 18, 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: Tuesdays, February 3 and 17, 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: Wednesday, February 25, 10 a.m. to noon 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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February Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

January 20, 2015

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.

"CareerCenters hold monthly workshops that help Mainers improve their job search and employment prospects," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They also offer several training programs that teach or improve job skills or develop new career paths after a job loss. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and let us know how we can help them get back into the workforce."

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, February 3 and 17, 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, February 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, and motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, February 11, 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, February 17, 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, February 18, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Thursday, February 25, 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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Unemployment Insurance Scam Identified in Maine Bookmark and Share

January 21, 2015

Individuals receive false emails and ask for claimant’s credit card number

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) warns people filing for unemployment insurance benefits of a scam that attempts to obtain credit card information.

Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette warned claimants, “This scam is targeting people who are vulnerable because they may be in a difficult financial situation due to being unemployed. Beware of suspicious emails and call us anytime if you have questions. There is no charge for filing for unemployment in Maine and we will never ask for your credit card number.”

The scam attempts to lure claimants into responding to an email looking as if it is sent from the “Unemployment Advisory Department” with the email address “support@us-benefits.org.” The email has the subject line “Required Documents to File Unemployment in ME,” and references a specific town in Maine in the body of the email.

The email contains several spelling errors. It states that, by clicking the link in the email, the claimant can avoid a delay in benefits and “maxize [sic] the amount of benefits.” The email is signed, “Support Team, Employment Advisory Department” and says that, “You are receiving this email because you requested information online.”

“Don’t respond or click on the link in any email from support@us-benefits.org. Do not provide personal or financial information to anyone by email unless you know that you have an open and active claim with the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation of the Maine Department of Labor. All our departmental email addresses end with ‘@maine.gov,’” Paquette advised.

The filing of unemployment claims in Maine peaks each year in January, so during this time of year, claimants should expect wait times if they have to call the department. Companies purporting to provide faster service for unemployment filing are not legitimate, although claimants may find the idea of having someone else take care of the filing attractive.

The department is also preparing to launch an upgrade to the unemployment computer and phone claims systems. Accordingly, the department has sent several messages to claimants reminding them to be prepared for the upgrade and warning that when the upgrade is launch there will be longer wait times if a claimant needs to call the department. These messages are sent via the department’s gov.delivery mass email system with the email address MaineDOL@subscriptions.maine.gov.

The department advises any person who believes he or she has been compromised to contact local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s Office.

Maine’s Bureau of Unemployment Compensation (BUC) does not send out unsolicited emails requesting confidential information. BUC’s emails are signed by a person employed by the BUC with their contact information and use the “@maine.gov” email address.

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Supporting documents

A scanned image of emails received during the process used to carry out the scam.

Labor Commissioner Sends Letter in Opposition to OSHA Safety Program Changes Bookmark and Share

January 21, 2015

AUGUSTA—Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced today that the Maine Department of Labor is opposed to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) changes related to the Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program award (SHARP) after reviewing the rules and their potential effect on Maine workers and businesses.

Governor Paul R. LePage supported the decision to oppose these changes. “Maine is committed to being business friendly and creating opportunity for our workers,” stated the Governor. “The SHARP program does both by keeping workers safe and lowering associated costs. We want to attract businesses and new workers to our state. Telling businesses you’re in one day and then you’re out is the wrong way to show our appreciation for their presence in our state and their commitment to worker safety.”

Commissioner Paquette provided background on the department’s position. “This program is only open to worksites that employ a certain number of employees. Often, what is considered a larger business in Maine is rather small in other states,” she stated. “We want our businesses that choose to locate a business in Maine to know that we are committed to helping them become a safer place to work.”

Paquette noted, “Maine has the highest number of SHARP certified worksites in New England; our program is strong and this change would undercut the great strides we have made in lowering worker injury rates. The federal government is looking to make money off these smaller worksites and, as a result, discouraging workplace safety.”

Fewer than 2,000 worksites in the United States have earned SHARP certification. Maine currently has 68 SHARP worksites. Current Maine SHARP worksites that would be eliminated from participating in their program include Jotul in Gorham—the company’s only North American location, Lucas Tree’s maintenance facility, One-Steel’s locations in Bangor and Augusta, and the Hinckley Company in Trenton.

To qualify for SHARP, companies must undergo a comprehensive audit, correct all hazards identified during an onsite health and safety consultation, demonstrate that effective safety and health programs are in place and maintain injury rates below the industry average for the last year of completed data. After awarding the SHARP designation, OSHA removes the worksite from its general scheduled inspection list for two years. If the company continues to meet all conditions of the program, the SHARP designation may be renewed for another two years.

Employers interested in learning more about the SHARP designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with federal OSHA regulations and identifying training needs.

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.

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Greater Portland CareerCenter Opens its Doors on January 26 Bookmark and Share

January 22, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 22, 2015
Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

Located in the new State Offices building with DHHS, the facility will better connect people looking for work and help those seeking a way out of generational poverty

PORTLAND—The Portland CareerCenter on Lancaster Street is moving to the new State Offices building, co-located with DHHS and the Bureau of Veterans Services, at 151 Jetport Boulevard, Portland on Monday, January 26. Now known as the Greater Portland CareerCenter, the facility will open at 8 a.m. to offer employment services to Maine citizens eager to get back into the workforce and hiring employers.

“This building consolidates these agencies under one roof and provides Mainers with easily accessible resources and services to help them succeed,” said Governor LePage. “Our Administration looks forward to serving Mainers at this new location and continuing to offer the training and assistance they need to successfully transition them from welfare to a career they enjoy.”

“Our new location will make it easier for us to connect with more people in Cumberland County and vice versa,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne S. Paquette. “Being right there, with DHHS, we’re able to better serve the people of Greater Portland who are looking to get a job, who need training and who may not have previously been exposed to the services we provide. By offering the CareerCenter’s employment and vocational rehabilitation services down the hall from DHHS, we’re facilitating that warm hand-off while avoiding the delay and confusion of sending them to another facility at a later date.”

“Our new facility also offers flexible space for job fairs. Our monthly job fairs and frequent employer recruitments will not only attract employers and jobseekers, but will also be open to DHHS clients. This is a win-win for each agency and the people we serve,” Commissioner Paquette stated. “In addition to our services for job seekers, we will hold a special open house for employers on February 26. Come discover how we can serve you.”

Employment services at the CareerCenter are delivered either by Department of Labor staff or Goodwill Workforce Solutions staff, depending on the job seeker’s eligibility determined during initial assessment.

People new to the job search process or looking to make a career change should begin with a visit to the Greater Portland CareerCenter. Parking at the new building is free and plentiful. Bus service is available on the Portland METRO 5 route. This route is about a 20-minute ride from downtown Portland and drops people off right in front of the building. Driving directions and other information are available at http://www.mainecareercenter.com/locations/greaterportland.shtml .

Job seekers currently receiving employment services through Goodwill Workforce Solutions should continue to visit their staff at the 185 Lancaster Street location through the end of March. Goodwill Workforce Solutions will move across the street to 190 Lancaster Street in Portland in April. Lancaster Street is accessible via the Portland METRO route 8 bus.

Visitors to the Greater Portland CareerCenter will find job search assistance and workshops, unemployment resources, training information, veterans’ services and employment and vocational rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities. The information center is available for the purpose of a job search with access to a no-cost computer lab, Internet access and the Maine Job Bank, fax machines, copiers and phones.

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 Greater Portland CareerCenter will have a new phone number starting January 26; call 822-3300 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, 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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Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in February Bookmark and Share

January 26, 2015

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

“Maine is committed to being business friendly and creating opportunity for our workers,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “The classes at the SafetyWorks! Training Institute educate and inform about workplace hazards, keeping workers safe and helping to lower associated costs. I encourage Maine businesses and workers to check out the SafetyWorks! website for these and future classes."

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.

Video Display Terminal -- Train the Trainer: February 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Maine’s Video Display Terminal (VDT) law requires employers to train VDT operators how to work safely at the computer. This class will prepare trainers, supervisors and safety team members to recognize the hazards VDT operators are exposed to and eliminate them.

Confined Space Entry: February 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A confined space has limited or restrictive openings for going in and out and is not meant for continuous use by workers. OSHA uses the term "permit-required confined space" (permit-space) to describe a confined space in which workers are exposed to serious hazards. Employers must find out if confined spaces are permit-required. Attendees will learn how to evaluate confined spaces, monitor them during use, and set up rescue procedures.

Hazard Communication/Global Harmonization: February 4, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

GHS stands for "Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals." GHS is a system that defines and classifies the hazards of chemical products and communicates health and safety information on labels and material safety data sheets (called Safety Data Sheets, or SDSs, in GHS). Come learn what you need to do to prepare for the GHS and the impact it will have on you and your workers.

Lockout Tagout Procedures: February 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This training session covers the OSHA requirements and procedures to be used in the Lockout/Tagout process to ensure safety and protection during repair and maintenance of equipment.

How to Conduct a Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Assessment: February 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This course is designed to assist you in developing a PPE standard and how to organize your PPE needs. Employers must conduct a hazard assessment before requiring employees to use PPE. The assessment provides information needed to select the appropriate PPE for the hazards at the workplace. Learn how to conduct a hazard assessment in this hands-on class.

Forklift Operator Training: February 9, 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.

Mine Safety and Health Administration -- Refresher: February 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires all surface mining (ex: stone crushing, gravel pit, etc.) employees to receive eight-hour annual training. This one-day course will cover generic MSHA training. However,site-specific training will also need to be conducted once you return to your respective job sites.

Ten-Hour Construction Standards: February 12 and 13, 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

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 certificate.

Mine Safety and Health Administration -- Refresher: February 17, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires all surface mining (ex: stone crushing, gravel pit, etc.) employees to receive eight-hour annual training. This one-day course will cover generic MSHA training. However,site-specific training will also need to be conducted once you return to your respective job sites.

Safety Officer Training: February 18, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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.

Machine Guarding: February 19, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Participants in this class will learn about the standards for metal and woodworking machines as well as various machine guarding techniques. We will be applying basic guarding practices when specific issues aren’t covered in the regulations. OSHA Subpart O will be covered.

Lead Safety Training: February 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This course will provide information on OSHA’s Lead Standards for Construction and General Industry covering the symptoms of lead exposure, permissible exposure limits and action levels, workplace exposure assessment and air monitoring, the Written Compliance Program Selection, use of respirators and other PPE and safe work practices. The information obtained in this lead safety program will help your company reduce employee injuries, lower workers compensation premiums and reduce overall risk of OSHA imposed citations.

Practical Approach to NFPA 70E: February 24, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

In this class, you will learn how to protect workers from electrical hazards. NFPA 70E requirements will be discussed in layman’s terms.

Driver Awareness Training: February 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street

Transportation-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.

Trenching and Excavation: February 27, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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”

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.

Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 5.5 Percent in December Bookmark and Share

January 26, 2015

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

Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.5 percent in December was down slightly from 5.7 percent in November and down from 6.4 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 6,700 over the year to 38,400.

The employment to population ratio estimate of 60.8 percent remained above the U.S. average (59.2 percent) for the 87th consecutive month.

The U.S. preliminary unemployment rate of 5.6 percent was down slightly from 5.8 percent in November and down from 6.7 percent one year ago.

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 December of 609,200 is up 5,100 from one year ago. Private sector jobs were up 5,300, primarily in the professional and business services, and education and healthcare sectors. The estimate for government was down 400 from one year ago.

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

Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate was 5.0 percent in December, down from 6.2 percent one year ago. Not seasonally adjusted rates ranged from 3.5 percent in Cumberland County to 8.1 percent in Piscataquis County. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.

The unemployment rate was below the statewide average in all three metro areas: Portland-South Portland-Biddeford (3.7 percent), Lewiston-Auburn (4.4 percent) and Bangor (4.6 percent).

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

Due to annual benchmark revisions, release of January data will be delayed until Tuesday, March 17 (Data Release Schedule is available at 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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February Programs for Job Seekers at the Lewiston CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

February 4, 2015

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering no-cost programs throughout February to help job seekers improve skills and get back into the workforce.

"CareerCenters hold monthly workshops that help Mainers improve their job search and employment prospects," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "They also offer several training programs that teach or improve job skills or develop new career paths after a job loss. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and let us know how we can help them get back into the workforce."

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.

Professionals Moving Ahead! LinkedIn: Using it Effectively in Job Search – February 5, 9 a.m. to noon: Do you have a LinkedIn account? If so, is it complete? Has someone reviewed it for you? Do you use the Discussion Groups and/or Job Boards for your job search? Have you meaningfully connected with new people through it? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this workshop is a must attend. Join us to learn how LinkedIn can be useful to you and your job search.

GATEway to Employment – February 5 and 19, 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.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – February 6, 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.

Career Decision-Making – Two-Part Workshop, February 9 and 13, and February 23 and 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Review 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. Registration required.

Mock Job Interviews – February 10, 1 to 3 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.

Resumés and Interview Skills – Part I – February 12, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and February 25, 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 February 12 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register.

The February 25 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Professionals Moving Ahead! Skills, Skills, Skills – February 19, 9 a.m. to noon: Do you have the skills employers are seeking? Do you know what employers are seeking for skills? Have you conducted a self-evaluation of your skills? Have you been turned down for jobs because you were under-qualified? Have you considered taking a class to “upskill” or maybe even enter a degree program. Join us for this conversation and to learn about the resources available to you to build your skills set.

Job Search Skills – February 23, 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.

New Mainers Workshop: Completing Paper and Online Job Applications – February 26, 9 to 11 a.m.: This workshop will be offered in Somali. If you would like/need this information in another language, please let us know.

Training and Education Resources and Information

Maintaining Self-Confidence – February 23, 10 a.m. to noon: Do you feel your confidence lagging? Attend this three-session class to help you assess your self-confidence and learn some concrete tools that can help you to keep your confidence strong. Register with Laurie at 753-6612

Orientation for People with Disabilities – February 25, 2 to 3 p.m.: For those who are considering vocational rehabilitation services, these sessions are held the fourth Wednesday of the month. Service providers are also welcome to attend. Registration not required.

Jeremy Hiltz, Addiction Specialist – Every Friday Morning, 9 to 10:30 a.m.: Is your addiction, or that of a family member, keeping you from getting and/or keeping a job? If so, Jeremy may be able to offer resources to help. No registration required.

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.

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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Sagadahoc County and Winthrop Fire Department to Receive SHAPE Awards for Safety Bookmark and Share

February 4, 2015

AUGUSTA—Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette announced that Sagadahoc County and Winthrop Fire Department have each earned the Safety and Health Award for Public Employers (SHAPE).

SHAPE recognizes public-sector organizations that voluntary undertake a rigorous safety achievement program for their workers.

“We congratulate both Sagadahoc County and Winthrop Fire Department for becoming SHAPE certified,” Governor Paul R. LePage said. “The county and the town know that keeping workers safe is not only good for the people of Maine, but also good for their communities and their taxpayers. Better safety means less lost time due to injury and illness as well as lower workers’ comp costs.”

The Winthrop Fire Department will receive its award on February 9, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber of the town office. Sagadahoc County will receive its award on Tuesday, February 10 at 3 p.m. at the County Building in Bath. Together, these employers bring the total number of SHAPE certified worksites in Maine to 48.

The SHAPE award was conceived in 2005 as a way to recognize public-sector employers and employees who are striving to provide a safe and healthful workplace. It is given only to exemplary public-sector employers after a thorough review and inspection of the employer’s safety and health policies and procedures by a SafetyWorks! consultant.

Any state, county, municipal or other public-sector employers interested in learning more about the SHAPE designation should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with regulations and identifying training needs.

The Maine Department of Labor has enforcement authority of health and safety standards for public-sector employers in Maine and is responsible for inspecting workplace injuries or fatalities suffered by public employees.

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Greater Portland CareerCenter to host Job Fair at Its New Building on March 4 Bookmark and Share

February 12, 2015

PORTLAND—At least 29 employers will be hiring at the new Greater Portland CareerCenter Job Fair on Wednesday, March 4 from noon to 3 p.m. The CareerCenter is located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland and is accessible on Portland Metro Route 5.

"This job fair at the new state offices building in Portland is an example of how we can better serve Mainers by leveraging resources," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "DHHS and the CareerCenter are located across the hall from each other, making it easier for those most in need to find access to employment and training. I encourage job seekers of all varieties to visit the Portland job fair and meet face-to-face with employers ready to hire."

Participating employers to date include:

Allied Barton Catholic Chariites Cintas Coworx Staffing Disability RMS Dr. Newton’s Naturals Fastenal Company Great Falls Marketing Home Care for Maine Home Depot HW Staffing Independence Assoc. Kaplan University LL Bean Labor Ready Leddy Group ME Dept. of Corrections MAS Home Care Masco Contractor Services Modern Woodmen National Employment Polo Sam’s Club Securitas SequelCare of Maine Sigco U S Cellular Unum WalMart And more.

Employers must be registered with the Maine Job Bank and have active job listings posted to be eligible to exhibit. Job seekers are encouraged to visit the Maine Job Bank at http://www.mainecareercenter.com prior to the event.

The Greater Portland CareerCenter is part of a brand new, two-story, 75,000 square foot facility, co-located with the Department of Health and Human Services and future state agencies, that opened on January 26, 2015. The new facility offers a high-tech information center and computer lab for job seeking, resume writing, and applying for jobs, and spacious conference rooms and interview rooms to host workshops, job fairs, and individualized employer recruitments.

The CareerCenter is a stop on Portland Metro Route 5 and is located just off Exit 46 of the Maine Turnpike, with larger, free parking, making it more accessible to job seekers and employers.

The Department of Labor is also hosting an Employer Open House from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Greater Portland CareerCenter on March 4. Employers will have a chance to meet with representatives from unemployment tax, workplace health and safety, wage and hour, employment and training, and more.

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 Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com or by calling 822-3300 (TTY users call 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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Greater Portland CareerCenter to host Employer Open House, Job Fair on March 4 Bookmark and Share

February 12, 2015

PORTLAND—Unemployment tax? Recruiting? Workplace safety? Wage and hour? Employers will have the chance to ask these questions and more of subject matter experts from the Maine Department of Labor on March 4 at the Greater Portland CareerCenter’s Employer Open House. The event will be held at the new state offices building located on 151 Jetport Boulevard, Portland, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. A job fair will follow at noon.

“From day one, making Maine more business friendly has been a priority of my Administration,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Department of Labor staff can help you cut through the red tape to get the answers you need. I encourage employers throughout Cumberland County to come meet with our staff at the open house, and stay for the job fair to recruit talented job seekers.”

“Through our HR Day events, frequent employer workshops, and this open house, the Department of Labor and our CareerCenters continue to strive to partner with Maine businesses,” said Commissioner of Labor, Jeanne S. Paquette. “We work with employers to help them hire and train staff, and provide guidance on state law before enforcement becomes an issue. Our goal is to teach the answers before we give the test.”

The Greater Portland CareerCenter is part of a brand new, two-story, 75,000 square foot facility, co-located with the Department of Health and Human Services and future state agencies, that opened on January 26, 2015. The new facility offers a high-tech information center and computer lab for job seeking, resume writing, and applying for jobs, and spacious conference rooms and interview rooms to host workshops, job fairs, and individualized employer recruitments.

The CareerCenter is a stop on Portland Metro Route 5 and is located just off Exit 46 of the Maine Turnpike, with larger, free parking, making it more accessible to job seekers and employers.

Representatives of the following MDOL programs and services will be available to answer questions and provide information:

  • Unemployment Tax
  • Training programs and workforce development
  • Hiring and accommodating workers with disabilities
  • Wage and Hour
  • SafetyWorks! training and consultation services
  • Labor market information
  • CareerCenter recruiting services and assistance for employers
  • Legislative affairs

The Greater Portland CareerCenter will also play host to their monthly job fair from noon to 3 p.m. on March 4. Employers interested in recruiting job seekers at this no-cost event should contact Ruth Anne Haley or Mark Cafiso at 822-3300.

Job fair exhibit space will fill up fast. Employers must be registered with the Maine Job Bank and have active job listings posted to be eligible to exhibit. Visit the Maine Job Bank at http://www.mainecareercenter.com to begin the account creation process.

“This day will truly be one-stop-shopping for employers in need of consultation, recruitment services or who need questions answered,” added Commissioner Paquette.

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 Greater Portland CareerCenter, located at 151 Jetport Boulevard in Portland, is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is available on the CareerCenter website, http://www.mainecareercenter.com or by calling 822-3300 (TTY users call 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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March Program Highlights Post-High-School Opportunities for Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired Bookmark and Share

February 12, 2015

AUGUSTA—Maine Department of Labor’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, invites students in grade six and higher, as well as their families, teachers and rehabilitation specialists, to a day-long program to help them plan for life and work after high school. The event is co-sponsored with the University of Southern Maine, the Iris Network and Catholic Charities of Maine.

“These students will learn about the opportunities available to them in a fun atmosphere,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “All families want to help their children consider what they want to do with the rest of their lives, and setting career goals is part of those conversations. Our students with disabilities should not let anything hold them back from achieving their dreams. This event will begin those important discussions about what the students want to do and the training and education that will be required.”

The Transition Expo: Life after High School event is for students with visual impairments. It will be held at the Wishcamper Center on USM’s Portland Campus, on Saturday, March 28, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will include games and raffle prizes for the students as well as guest speakers, workshops, panel discussions and vendors. Students and families will be able to talk with service providers and answer students’ questions about planning for the future.

Families interested in attending should contact Nancy Moulton at Catholic Charities at 592-4760 or nmoulton@ccmaine.org for more information.

The Maine Department of Labor is an equal opportunity provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people with disabilities. The Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, part of BRS, provides vocational rehabilitation, education, skill training, paths to employment and independent living skills to people of all ages who are blind, losing their sight or have a visual impairment.

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Department of Labor Posts Initial Results of Job Vacancy Survey Bookmark and Share

February 13, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 13, 2015
Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Series of blog posts will analyze data on hiring trends, in-demand occupations and hard-to-fill jobs

AUGUSTA—The Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information has posted its first in a series of blogs that will analyze and discuss the findings of its 2014 Job Vacancy Survey at http://cwri.blogspot.com/2015/02/job-vacancy-survey-provides-unique.html .

The survey was sent to 3,400 Maine businesses seeking feedback about hard-to-fill jobs. Seventy percent of those surveyed responded. Of nearly 2,400 responses, 755 (31%) indicated they had one or more job openings.

“Our state must ensure that businesses can find workers with the right skills for jobs in demand,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Having better data on our economy and listening to employers will help us better target training programs and wisely use our limited resources. The survey illustrates Maine’s commitment to improving the quality of our workforce and making our state more competitive in the global economy.”

The survey asked employers whether they had job openings for which they were actively recruiting in the month of September and, if so, to briefly describe open positions and identify whether the positions are difficult to fill.

The sample was designed to develop findings by region: Aroostook-Washington, Tri County (Hancock, Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties), Central-Western (Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford and Somerset Counties), North Coastal (Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc and Waldo Counties), and South Coastal (Cumberland and York Counties); in classifications by employer size: small firms with employment of 2 to 19, mid-sized firms (20 to 99) and large firms (100 or more); and by industry (16 sectors).

The results of the survey will be analyzed in a series of blogs and then released in a final report. Upcoming blogs will examine characteristics of job vacancies in greater detail with the next topic focusing on job vacancies by industry.

The survey was paid for in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development 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.

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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March Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

February 18, 2015

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 March.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

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, March 9 and 23, 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, March 3, 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, March 10, 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, March 11 and 25, 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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March Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

February 18, 2015

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.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

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, March 3 and 17, 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, March 4, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, and motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, March 11, 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, March 17, 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, March 18, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Wednesday, March 25, 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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March Programs for Job Seekers at the Wilton CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

February 18, 2015

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 job seekers in February. All workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

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, March 4 and 18, 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, March 5, 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, March 19, 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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March Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

February 18, 2015

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.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

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, March 4, 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, March 5 and 19, 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, March 11 and Thursday, March 26, 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, March 18, 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: Tuesdays, March 3, 17 and 31, 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, March 19, 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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March Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias and Calais CareerCenters Bookmark and Share

February 19, 2015

WASHINGTON COUNTY—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.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

To learn more, like the Washington County CareerCenters on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Washington-County-CareerCenters/606111642755982 . The following workshops and programs will be held at the indicated CareerCenters. All events require pre-registration in person or by phone.

GATEways to Employment: Group Access to Employment Session March 4, 2 p.m., Calais CareerCenter March 26, 8:30 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

Is your job search in need of a boost? Are you looking for a way to stand out to a potential employer? Do you want to be at a significant advantage from other job seekers in today's competitive work/job seeking environment? The Machias session will concentrate on preparing you for the job fair! This is a great way to increase your job search success, to gain insight on the latest job search techniques, and to maximize your potential. CareerCenter is here to help you find your key to success!To register call Michelle at 1-800-292-8929.

Finding Dollar$ for College - March 17 and 31, 3:30 p.m., Machias CareerCenter

If you are in college or planning on attending in the fall of 2015, attend one of these sessions to learn about financial resources available to assist you. Everyone welcome! Contact Janie at erma.j.small@maine.gov to reserve your spot.

Machias Area Job Fair- March 26, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lee-Pellon Event Center, Machias

This is a no-charge event and open to all! Employers registered to attend so far include:

Acadian Seaplants Aroostook Mental Health Center DISH Living Innovations Maine Department of Health and Human Services Maine Department of Health and Human Services - Office of Child and Family Support Maine Veterans Home MAS Home Care of Maine NAMI Maine Family Respite Regional Medical Center at Lubec St. Croix Regional Family Health Center St. Croix Tissue, Inc. Sunrise Care Facility The Lane Construction Corporation United States Air Force VA New England Healthcare System Community Outreach Program Washington County Community College Washington County Jail Women Unlimited. Pumping Up Your Profits: Workshops to Grow Your Business presented by Maine Woods Tourism Training Initiative, Sunrise County Economic Council, and CEI Women’s Business Center

Sign up for one or all! Registration is required. Workshops are held 9 a.m. to noon at the Machias CareerCenter. For more detailed information visit facebook.com/sunrisecounty or call 255-0983.

March 6: Making Your Numbers Work for You-Record Keeping Basics March 17: Becoming Bankable: How to Gain the Capital You Need March 24: Maximizing Facebook to Drive Customers to Your Business March 31: Training and Keeping the Best Staff April 7: Tapping into More Tourism Dollars The CareerCenter, located at 53 Prescott Drive, Suite 1 in Machias and One College Drive in Calais, 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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Safety Reminders for Snow Removal Bookmark and Share

February 19, 2015

AUGUSTA—In light of 2015’s heavy snow accumulation and recent news stories of worker injuries related to snow buildup and removal, the Department of Labor reminds Mainers to take precautions to prevent serious injuries while removing snow from driveways and roofs.

“No one should ever be injured or killed getting snow off a roof,” stated Governor Paul R. LePage. “Do not take needless risks. Sometimes, we assume we know how to deal with the snow because it becomes routine. However, with these large accumulations, we should remind ourselves to take the right steps and not take safety for granted. Whether we are homeowners or professionals, we should make sure that everyone is safe by being aware of the risks and taking the right precautions.”

SafetyWorks!, a program of the Department of Labor, reminds employers that workers going onto a roof to remove or work in snow are required to wear the appropriate fall protection equipment. Workers who are being asked to remove snow or make repairs to snow- or ice-covered structures, for example, building maintenance workers, may not have experience or training to prepare them.

Dangers include falling off roof edges, falling through skylights and falling from ladders and aerial lifts used to access the roof. The heavy accumulation also poses the danger of workers being injured or killed by a roof collapse. Prior to going on the roof, employers should assess the structure’s ability to support not only the weight of the snow, but also that of the workers and any equipment they will be using. While on the roof, workers should always be alert to unexpected sounds or movement of surfaces that could indicate an imminent collapse. Shoveling or raking a roof can create an unbalanced load on the roof, also leading to collapse.

Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards require employers to evaluate hazards and protect workers from falls when working at heights of 4 feet or more above a lower level (1910.23) or 6 feet or more for construction work (1926.501).

Employers with questions about compliance requirements should contact SafetyWorks! at 1-877-SAFE 345 (1-877-723-3345) or http://www.safetyworksmaine.com . 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.

SafetyWorks! provides a trained consultant with industry-specific expertise who will review the facility by appointment. The consultation may include such elements as recognizing safety hazards, sampling for air and noise exposures, recommending ways to reduce or to eliminate hazards, developing or improving a safety program, complying with federal OSHA regulations and identifying training needs.

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New Reports Reveal Costs Related to Chemical Hazards and Falls in Maine Workplaces Bookmark and Share

February 25, 2015

AUGUSTA—The Research and Statistics Unit of the Bureau of Labor Standards at the Maine Department of Labor released separate reports on worker falls and injury due to chemical hazards, respectively. The reports are available on the Department of Labor’s website at www.maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/research.html .

“Knowing the scope and costs associated with workplace injuries helps us focus our efforts on preventing the injury in the first place,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Chemical exposures and falls are two types of injuries that can cause life-threatening injuries and have long-term effects on an individual and his or her family’s quality of life. Our SafetyWorks! program helps small businesses avoid these injuries, protect their workers and reduce injury-related costs like workers’ comp premiums and lost productivity.”

Workplace Chemicals, Hazards

The report, Injuries and Illnesses due to Workplace Chemicals and Related Hazards, presents data from Maine’s 2012–2013 Workers’ Compensation injury and illness claims resulting from direct or indirect exposure to injurious chemicals or workplace environmental hazards.

R&S extracted data from the Workers’ Compensation claims database for injuries and illnesses that occurred during 2012 and 2013, noting 406 incidents, which comprise the more serious (lost-time) injuries or illnesses that resulted from worker exposure to hazardous chemicals or adverse environmental/microbiological conditions. Non-lost time injuries are not included in the study as their data are for some cases less complete because of limited need for injury detail and administrative follow-up on those kinds of injuries and outcomes.

Respiratory Problems/Ailments was the largest nature of illnesses or injuries at 33.5 percent.

The body part most affected by chemical and microbiological sources was the category called body systems which accounted for the respiratory, digestive and other maladies caused by the chemicals and microbes.

Of the claims filed with the Workers’ Compensation Board for illnesses and injuries caused by workplace exposure to hazardous chemicals or adverse environmental/microbiological conditions in 2012 and 2013, 46 resulted in workers’ compensation awards totaling $665,564.22 and averaging $14,469 per awarded incident.

Exterior Falls

The report, Roofing and Building Exterior Worker Falls in Maine, 2011-2013, focuses on fall injuries among Maine’s roofing and building exterior construction workers, the factors that may have contributed to them and the regulatory/enforcement efforts to reduce them. From 2011 through 2013, four workers died as a result of falls while another 34 Maine workers were injured as a result of falls from roofs, falls onto roofs, and falls from ladders, scaffoldings, and staging.

This report provides data on the causes of these incidents, the kinds of injuries incurred by the workers, and associated Workers’ Compensation costs. It also provides information regarding federal regulations standards, enforced by OSHA, pertaining to fall-protection safety in the construction industry, and penalties levied against employers for violations of those standards.

Maine Workers’ Compensation claim costs for the 34 worker injuries resulting from roof, scaffolding, and ladder falls in 2011–2013 were approximately $1,051,655. More than 72 percent of that ($762,782) was for medical and rehabilitation care and about 25 percent ($259,124) for time away from work and claim settlements. The average cost per injury claim was $30,931.

The Research and Statistics Unit manages and analyzes data on workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses and issues summary reports that help employers identify areas for improvements in safety and health protection. Their reports and data visualizations using Tableau are located on the Department of Labor’s website at www.maine.gov/labor/labor_stats/research.html .

Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards, through its Safetyworks! program, provides free and confidential training to help employers and employees prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths and reduce related costs. These classes identify and explain the relevant OSHA and other requirements, strategies for meeting those requirements, and best practices to help employers and workers provide and use proper safeguards to keep their worksites safe. At times each year, Safetyworks! offers free training in Scaffolding and Fall Protection, Ladder Safety, and General Construction Standards. The classes and schedules are found at: http://www.safetyworksmaine.com .

The OSHA Education Center also provides construction fall protection courses online to employers and workers at www.oshaeducationcenter.com.

Businesses interested in confidential and no-charge assistance in reducing workplace injuries should visit the SafetyWorks! website at http://www.safetyworksmaine.com .

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Job Fair in Lewiston on March 2 at the CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

February 26, 2015

LEWISTON—The Lewiston CareerCenter is hosting a Job Fair on Monday, March 2 from 4 to 6 p.m. at its building on 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston. All employers will be hiring.

"I encourage employers to use our CareerCenters to recruit employees, especially at our job fairs," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "For job seekers, CareerCenter workshops, job fairs and training programs can help put Mainers back to work or find new careers. I encourage you to visit mainecareercenter.com and their monthly, local job fairs."

Employers participating in the job fair include:

Bank of America Carbonite Clover Health Care Expert Staffing of Maine Lepage Bakeries Lewiston Police Department Maine Department of Corrections MAS Home Care of Maine Oxford Casino Quality Traffic Control Rose's Commercial Cleaners Schooner Estates Securitas Stericycle Communications Support Solutions Ted Berry Company The Home Depot Tri-County Mental Health Services And more.

Attendees should bring a resume and 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.

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 7:30 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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Department of Labor Offering Workplace Safety Classes in March Bookmark and Share

February 26, 2015

Space is available for the safety classes in Augusta, Bangor, Calais, Presque Isle, Springvale and Wilton

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

“Mainers and businesses want a safe work environment,” said Governor Paul R. Lepage. “Our SafetyWorks! program helps businesses avoid injuries, protect their workers and reduce injury-related costs like workers’ comp premiums and lost productivity. I encourage you to visit safetyworksmaine.com regularly for class listings, safety tips, and helpful information and resources.”

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.

Silica Awareness – Protecting Workers from Silica: March 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What do street sweeping, sandblasting, dry walling, cutting stone or brick and working in a dusty environment have in common? All expose workers to silica dust, which can lead to silicosis – an often fatal lung disease – and other serious illnesses. Exposure to silica dust is so common and dangerous that OSHA is considering strengthening its rules. Learn about the health hazards of silica, the OSHA regulations and how to protect workers from overexposure.

Combustible Dust Safety Training: March 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

It is now well known that OSHA is focused on enforcing current recognized and generally accepted engineering practices for dust prevention. This course provides an overview of OSHA standards and the hazards associated with combustible dust generation in the workplace.

10-Hour General Industry Standards: March 4 and 5, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. on day two

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 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.

Ladder Safety: March 6, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wilton CareerCenter, 865 US Route 2E

Ladders are a major source of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. However, falls can be reduced if people use caution when climbing ladders or when working in places where falls are a potential hazard. This course will show participants how falls from ladders can be prevented through education that includes planning for their use, inspecting the ladder prior to use and using basic ladder safeguards.

Forklift Operator Training: March 9, 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.

Mine Safety and Health Administration -- Refresher: March 10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) requires all surface mining (ex: stone crushing, gravel pit, etc.) employees to receive eight-hour annual training. This one-day course will cover generic MSHA training. However,site-specific training will also need to be conducted once you return to your respective job sites.

Accident Investigation/Injury Analysis: March 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Presque Isle CareerCenter, 66 Spruce Street, Suite 1

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.

30-Hour Construction Standards: March 16 through 20, 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 certificates.

10-Hour Construction Standards: March 23 and 24, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on day one and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. on day two, York County CareerCenter, 9 Bodwell Court, Springvale

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 certificate.

OSHA Recordkeeping: March 26, 8;30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This class provides 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. This class will include updates to the OSHA Recordkeeping Standard (29 CFR 1904) which went into effect January 1, 2015.

Practical Approach to NFPA 70E (National Fire Protection Association): March 26, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Bangor CareerCenter, 45 Oak Street, Bangor

In this class, you will learn how to protect workers from electrical hazards. NFPA 70E requirements will be discussed in layman’s terms.

Mine Safety and Health Administration: Refresher: March 31, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Washington County Community College, Calais

The Mine Safety and Health Administration: (MSHA) requires all surface mining (ex: stone crushing, gravel pit, etc.) employees to receive eight-hour annual training. This one-day course will cover generic MSHA training. However,site-specific training will also need to be conducted once you return to your respective job sites.

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

February 27, 2015

The 5th Annual York County Regional Job Fair will be held on Friday, March 27 at the Nasson Community Center

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.

"CareerCenter workshops around the state serve all types of job seekers, from those looking to find work to Mainers interested in starting their own business," said Governor Paul R. LePage. "The Department of Labor has several training programs that may be able to help you re-train for a new career or finish your degree. I encourage job seekers to visit their local CareerCenter and see what programs they may be eligible for."

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, March 3, 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.

How to Navigate a Job Fair – Tuesday, March 10, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Join us as we provide you with some tips and tools in order to effectively navigate our upcoming job fair. Remember, it only takes one piece of information to lead you to your next opportunity! Space will be limited; FMI and to register please call 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151.

Interview Skills – Tuesday, March 17, 9 a.m. to noon Learn new interviewing techniques by role playing interviews. Registration required.

5th Annual York County Regional Job Fair – Friday, March 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nasson Community Center Speak with hiring employers, Career Counselors and Veteran's Representatives. Visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com for a list of employers that will be attending.

Essentials of College Planning Workshop – Monday, March 30, 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, meoc.maine.edu.

GATEways to Employment – Monday, March 30, 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 March– please visit http://www.mainecareercenter.com for additions and updates.

Springborn Staffing: Monday, March 9 and 23, 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 ID and resume to interview. Health insurance benefits are available. CoWorx: Wednesday, March 11, 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. The York County CareerCenter will also feature several sessions led by these partner organizations in January:

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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