Maine Department of Labor Update for Employers Now Posted Bookmark and Share

April 1, 2014

The March edition of the Maine Department of Labor's Update for Employers is available here: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/aa15fd .

This edition covers:

  • Spring Jobs Fairs Scheduled Around the State
  • Sunset of Additional Employment Week of 'Nonliability' for Unemployment Charges
  • Commissioner's Legislation Update
  • CWRI Launches Blog, App for Informed Decision-Making
  • MDOL/UMaine System Online Courses for Employers
  • Disability Mentoring Day 2014
  • Upcoming Safety Training
  • Connect on Social Media
  • Need a Speaker?

Input Requested for Draft State Plan for the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and State Plan Supplement for the State Supported Employment Services Program Bookmark and Share

April 4, 2014

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MAINE DIVISION OF VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION (DVR) The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation invites you to comment on its Services and State Plan

NOTICE: The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation will hold a public hearing on April 17, 2014 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Labor, 45 Commerce Drive, in Augusta. The purpose of this hearing is to receive feedback and comments on the 2015 DVR Annual State Plan for Vocational Rehabilitation and Supported Employment services. The hearing will be facilitated in the Frances Perkins Conference Room. American Sign Language interpreters will be available on site.

CONTACT: A draft of the DVR State Plan will be posted on the Bureau of Rehabilitation’s website www.maine.gov/rehab/ on April 7, 2014. For a printed copy of alternative formats call the Division at 207-623-6799 or 711 (Maine Relay). Written comments may be made to Betsy Hopkins, Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, 150 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0150 or by e-mail at: deb.roy@maine.gov and must be received by 5:00 p.m., May 2, 2014.

Supporting documents

Maine DVR State Plan FFY2015 Draft

Spring Edition of Veterans Update Newsletter Available Online! Bookmark and Share

May 21, 2014

The Spring 2014 edition of the Maine Department of Labor’s Veterans Update is available now online at: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/b8ee6a

This issue features: • Memorial Day Recognition and Events • A Matter of Duty screening in Bangor on May 22 • Government Jobs in Maine: Job and Resource Fair • Job and Military Resource Fairs

To subscribe to the newsletter, visit http://www.maine.gov/labor/ and enter your email address in the box next to the red envelope and follow the directions; from the list of newsletters, select “Veterans Services” from the last category, Jobs and Training. You may sign up for as many newsletters and notifications as desired.

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Maine Unemployment Rate 5.5 Percent in June Bookmark and Share

July 18, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2014 Contact: Glenn Mills 207-621-5192

State Labor Commissioner Jeanne Paquette released June workforce estimates, noting the unemployment rate was down and the employment to population ratio was up over the last year. Job growth was spread across a number of sectors.

Seasonally Adjusted Statewide Data Household Survey Estimates – The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 5.5 percent for June was the lowest since August 2008. The estimate is down from 5.7 percent in May and 6.7 percent one year ago. The number of unemployed declined 8,200 over the year to 39,300.

The share of the population that is employed was estimated at 61.6 percent, well above the U.S. average of 59.0 percent. June was the 81st consecutive month the employment to population ratio was above the national average.

The U.S. unemployment rate estimate declined to 6.1 percent from 6.3 percent in May and 7.5 percent one year ago. The New England unemployment rate averaged 5.7 percent. Rates for other states were 4.4 percent in New Hampshire, 3.5 percent in Vermont, 5.5 percent in Massachusetts, 7.9 percent in Rhode Island, and 6.7 percent in Connecticut.

Labor force and unemployment data for the state, counties, and labor market areas is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/laus1.html .

Payroll Survey Estimates – The preliminary nonfarm payroll jobs estimate for June is 611,400, up 8,000 from one year ago. Private sector jobs were up 8,800, primarily in the leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, retail trade, and education and healthcare sectors. Those gains were partially offset by a decline of 800 jobs in government.

Nonfarm payroll jobs data for the state and three metropolitan areas is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/ces1.html .

Not Seasonally Adjusted Substate Data The not seasonally adjusted statewide unemployment rate was 5.1 percent in June, down from 6.6 percent one year ago. Not seasonally adjusted rates ranged from 4.1 percent in Cumberland County to 7.7 percent in Aroostook and Washington Counties. Rates tended to be lower than the statewide average in southern and central counties and higher than average in northern and rim counties.

Among metro areas the unemployment rate was below the statewide average in Portland-South Portland-Biddeford (4.1 percent) and Lewiston-Auburn (4.9 percent) and at the statewide average in Bangor (5.1 percent).

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

July estimates will be released Monday, August 18. The 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. Estimates for the period from October 2013 to September 2014 will be replaced with actual payroll data in March 2015. The job count is likely to show less volatility than preliminary estimates.

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

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Mary LaFontaine, Lewiston CareerCenter, 753-9094; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

LEWISTON –The Lewiston CareerCenter is offering free programs throughout August and will be offering a mini job fair on August 4. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston. More than ten employers will be hiring at the fair.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

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

GATEway to Employment – August 7 or August 21, 2 to 4 p.m. – Offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills as well as CareerCenter and community resources available to you during your job search. Learn how the CareerCenter can help you! To register call 753-9005.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #1: "LinkedIn and Your Job Search" –August 7, 9 a.m. to noon – Are you using LinkedIn to its fullest capacity? Are you finding job leads on it? Are you engaging in conversations through LinkedIn? Is your LinkedIn profile getting the attention you want? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, this workshop is for you. We will have a few laptops available for your use but if you have a laptop or tablet, please bring it so that you can access your account during the workshop.

Applications and Resumes for Non/Limited English Speakers – August 14, 9 to 11 a.m. – This workshop will be offered in Somalia and will cover job applications and resumes.

Resumes & Interview Skills – Part I – August 14, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and August 20, 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 August 14 class will be held at the Lewiston CareerCenter; call 753-9005 to register. The August 20 class will be held at the Auburn Public Library at 49 Spring Street in Auburn; call 753-9066 to register.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History – August 8, 10 to 11 a.m. – Do you have a criminal back ground? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and where best to seek employment which will lead to a successful job search.

Mock Job Interviews – August 12, 9 to 11 a.m. – You have the perfect resume and you are invited to an interview—awesome! Then comes that dreadful thought—“I haven’t interviewed in years” or “I am new to interviewing” or “I have interviewed several times but I am not getting job offers.” Attend this workshop to master the interview! Success comes with practice and practicing in a workshop is risk-free and instructional. Get the tools you need to feel comfortable in an interview.

Professionals Moving Ahead! – Employer Panel #2: "The Top Ten Worst Job Search Tips Ever" – August 21, 9 a.m. to noon – This workshop will certainly be entertaining but most importantly, you will gain information and insights critical to a successful job search. Presented by Melissa Suey, Career and Leadership Coach, Red Sky Leadership.

Job Search Skills – August 28, 10 a.m. to noon – It’s a competitive job market. This job search skills workshop will give you the tools you need to be successful in your job search. We will discuss strategies you can use to highlight your skills and set yourself apart from the others—it’s all about marketing yourself! To register please call 753-9005.

Career Decision Making – August 4 and 8, and August 18 and 22 – This two-part workshop reviews the factors involved in making career decisions, assessment tools used, and other resources. Apply the information gained from assessments to identify career and training steps to achieve career goals. To register please call 753-9005.

Training & Education Resources and Information

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

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

Introduction to Self-Employment – August 21, 10 a.m. to noon – This introductory two-hour workshop will help you decide if self-employment is right for you. The class covers the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed to get started, the major elements of a business plan and the many resources avail to help you.

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

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

Call 753-9005 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) for additional information and to register for workshops held at the CareerCenter. The CareerCenter, located at 5 Mollison Way in Lewiston, is open 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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August Programs at the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Leon Ouimet, Southern Midcoast CareerCenter, 207-373-4000; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

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

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

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, like the Southern Midcoast CareerCenter on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SouthernMidcoastCareerCenter or call 373-4000.

The following workshops and programs are available to the public at no charge 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, August 7, 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.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing Workshop: Wednesday, August 14, 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, August 21, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

GATEways to Employment: Thursdays, August 8 and 22, 9 a.m. to noon Designed to help you jump start your work search with the latest tips and tools you’ll need to know to conduct a successful job search in today’s labor market. (Please Note: Maine Job Bank registration/account required)

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

Essentials of College Planning Workshop: Tuesday, August 13, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Christy Le from the Maine Educational Opportunity Center (MEOC) offers free workshops 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 .

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 373-4000 to reserve a seat in training orientation sessions offered every week on Monday afternoons. WIA applications for those interested 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 in Bath at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

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 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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August Programs at the Rockland CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: David Grima, Rockland CareerCenter, 207-596-2600; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

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

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

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.

GATEways to Employment: Tuesday, August 5 and 19, 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, August 6, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explores your career interests, aptitudes, values, personality, motivations, and shows how each transfers to today’s job market.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator: Wednesday, August 13, 9 a.m. to noon Understand your personality type as an aid to choosing a career. This workshop requires you to complete a paper quiz at the CareerCenter at least one week before.

Resume and Cover Letter Writing: Wednesday, August 20, 9 a.m. to noon Shows the basics of how to evaluate or create an effective resume and cover letter.

Effective Interviewing Skills: Wednesday, August 27, 9 a.m. to noon Dedicated to exploring proper interviewing techniques and tips.

Job Seekers' Group: Monday, August 11 and 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m. An informal group where job seekers can share ideas and assistance. No sign-up necessary, just show up.

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

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 offers 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 Bath at 386-1664 or go to www.womenworkandcommunity.org . Workshops are held at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park Street in Bath and are open to all interested parties.

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 at 91 Camden St. It is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and 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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August Workshops at the Presque Isle CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Patty Perry, Presque Isle CareerCenter, 760-6300; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

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

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

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

Computer Boot Camp Workshop: August 1 and 15, 9 a.m. Do you have difficulty working with computers? Would you like to spruce up your technological skills? Entrance into the class by appointment only. Call today and reserve your seat for the next computer boot camp. Contact Pete Lento at 207-760-6318

Creating Winning Resumes: August 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9 a.m. Learn how to create a professional resume and walk out the door with one in hand.

Education and Training for Veterans: August 5, 9 a.m. Come in and speak with our Veteran’s Representative to discuss what educational and training opportunities are available to you.

Financial Aid: August 6,13 and 20, 9 a.m. Get assistance with college planning and financial aid. Preregister at 800-281-373 or at http://meoc.maine.edu .

Interviewing 101: August 20, 1 p.m. Interviewing processes are consistently changing in format. Come in to discuss techniques that could help you get through your interview and land that job.

Gateways to Employment: August 22, 9 a.m. Learn how to jumpstart your job search!

Gateways to Employment (Houlton): August 26, 9 a.m. Learn how to jumpstart your job search! The workshop will be held at the Houlton Higher Ed Center, 18 Military Street in Houlton.

Job Search Tips for People with a Criminal History: August 29, 9 a.m. Do you have a criminal background? Are you having trouble finding work? This workshop will give job search tips, suggestions on how to respond to those hard-to-answer questions and identify where best to seek employment that will lead to a successful job search.

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

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

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

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

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Wilton CareerCenter, 645-5800; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

WILTON—For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Wilton CareerCenter will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers in August.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

Workshops and events are held at the CareerCenter unless otherwise noted. 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 474-4950.

GATEway to Employment: Wednesday, August 6 and 20, 9 a.m. to noon This workshop offers an overview of basic information on resumes, interviews and job search skills, as well as CareerCenter and community resources available during a job search—learn how the CareerCenter can help!

Essentials of College Planning for Adults: Thursday, August 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This workshop 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 1-800-281-3703. Bring last year’s income tax forms to the appointment.

Vocational Rehabilitation Orientation: Thursday, August 7, 9 a.m. to noon This orientation is for people with disabilities who are considering Vocational Rehabilitation services. Registration is not required.

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 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. This workshop requires five or more participants to run.

Community College Adviser Discuss your college options and explore college choices based on your interests and career goals. Call Randy Berry at 207-740-0112 or email him at rberry@cmcc.edu for an 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 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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August Workshops at the Skowhegan CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Anita Dunham, Skowhegan CareerCenter, 474-4950; Julie Rabinowitz, Department of Labor, 621-5009

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

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

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

GATEway to Employment—Monday, August 4 and 18, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This workshop will provide 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 I and Cover Letter Writing—Tuesday, August 5, 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, August 12, 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, July 9 and 23, 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. It is the same building but go through the DHHS entrance doors.

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 free of charge.

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

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Dawn Self-Cooper, York County CareerCenter, 207-324-5460; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

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

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

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, August 5, 9 a.m. to noon. Explore the basics of resume writing and learn how to promote the qualifications you have that directly match what the employer needs. Registration is required.

Essentials of College Planning Workshop – Monday, August 11, 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.

Interview Workshop – Tuesday, August 19, 9 a.m. to noon Learn new interviewing techniques by role-playing interviews. Registration required.

GATEways to Employment – Monday, August 25, 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 is required.

York County "NetWorks" – Join us as we continue our updated workshop format and take your job search to the next level by utilizing the power of networking. We will start off our morning with brief introductions over coffee then begin this interactive workshop.

- York County Works - Creating a Profile on USAJOBS.gov - Tuesday, August 26, 9 a.m. to noon. During this session, staff will provide you with tips on how to use usajobs.gov to apply for federal openings. After we complete the process, we will continue to discuss tips, leads and share strategies. Remember, it only takes one piece of information to lead you to your next opportunity! This session is targeted to Veterans and space will be limited as we will be using laptops to assist you in creating your profile. Call 324-5460 or 1-800-343-0151 to reserve your seat for this workshop.

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

- Advanced Marketing Solutions – Monday, August 4, 1 to 5 p.m. A representative from Advanced Marketing Solutions will be recruiting at the York County CareerCenter. This exciting, expanding and inbound call center is seeking enthusiastic sales agents with or without experience. Applications, on-site interviews and paid training provided. Apply in person or email jobs@am220.com.

- Waban Projects – Thursday, August 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A representative will be at the York County CareerCenter hiring for the following positions: Supported Living Home Direct Support Professonals, CRMA - Per Diem Direct Support Professionals and Waiver Home Direct Support Professionals. No appointment necessary.

- Springborn Staffing – Monday, August 11 and 25, 8:30 to 11 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, August 13, 20 and 27, 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 Wednesday, 2 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 August:

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

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

Maine Centers for Women, Work & Community offer no cost classes in Assertive Communication, Creating Your Future, Creating the Rest of Your Life, Credit Yourself, Entrepreneurial Training, Financing Your Future, Professional Development and Mature Worker Activities. For more information, call Ruth Graves in Saco at 286-1722.

Follow and keep track of our latest events on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. To find us on LinkedIn, go to LinkedIn.com and search for "York County Maine CareerCenter." To find us on Facebook, go to Facebook.com and search "York County Maine CareerCenter." To follow us on Twitter, go to Twitter.com and search for "York CareerCenter."

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of services to help people find employment or upgrade skills. Each center provides several public-access computer workstations with Microsoft Office software, resume writing and cover letter software, Internet access and O’Net software for skills assessment. All CareerCenter services are free of charge.

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

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Deadline extended: Maine Department of Labor Seeks Employer Feedback on Drug-Testing Statute Bookmark and Share

August 18, 2014

Online survey deadline extended until August 22

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor is soliciting the input of Maine businesses and other organizations regarding the current statute governing employee-testing for alcohol and drug use in the workplace. Businesses interested in participating in the survey must contact the department to receive a survey invitation; invitations are limited to one per business or organization.

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 is seeking 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.

"Employers are struggling with issues related to substance use and abuse in the workplace. Our labor laws should provide clarity and support safety for workers and customers," said Governor Paul R. LePage. “While the legislature chose not to make needed improvements to the law, employers are continuing to ask more and more questions. The department wants to make the right changes to ensure that employers and their customers, other employees and equipment are protected from dangerous situations. This survey will help them do that. I encourage all employers, whether they drug test or not, to participate in this survey.”

The department has solicited participation in the survey from all the employers with approved drug-testing policies, insurance providers and organizations with a relationship to the issue, including medical marijuana organizations and providers. Those interested in taking the survey should email Mark Dawson, mark.dawson@maine.gov, in the Bureau of Labor Standards. The online survey takes about 30 minutes to answer; it asks questions about different provisions of the law and asks for suggestions for changes. The survey deadline has been extended; it will be available online through August 22, 2014.

Maine law currently requires employers that want to provide a drug-free workplace by testing applicants and/or employees for substance abuse 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 has indicated that the mandated costs are prohibitive for many small- and medium-sized employers, which deters many employers from implementing a policy.

Maine’s substance-testing law is an outlier in a number of ways. Maine is the only state that does not allow probable-cause testing for the first accident; fully exempts employers who have just one employee subject to federal testing; and requires employers to pay for any EAP or uncovered drug rehab costs.

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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The survey deadline has been extended; it will be available online through August 22, 2014.

Maine Department of Labor Proposes Rules Changes to Assist Students in Career and Technical Education Programs Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

Call for public comment on changes to training programs for minors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Media Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor is calling for public comment on proposed changes to rules surrounding job training programs for minors. The public hearing will be held on August 22, 10 a.m. to noon at the SafetyWorks! Institute at the Department of Labor Building, 45 Commerce Drive in Augusta.

The purpose of the proposed change is to allow students enrolled in approved Career and Technical educational programs to train on specific equipment, located at a business, that is necessary for their course of study. Because of the size and expense of some modern, standard industrial equipment, CTE schools cannot afford to purchase or maintain that equipment solely for training students. The changes would allow students to train on the equipment at a business under strict supervision. Businesses hosting the training will have to comply with a number of conditions under the proposed rules.

“Many technical educational programs are at a disadvantage because some of our labor laws have not kept up with the changes in technology and job training,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “These changes will keep students safe but provide the opportunity to gain specific skills on updated equipment that our schools cannot afford to buy. This helps our students start on a great career and our businesses remain competitive.”

The proposed changes affect the “Rules Governing Hazardous Occupations for Minors Under the Age of Eighteen in Non-Agricultural Employment.” The link to the proposed rules is posted below. An accessible version will also be available.

“These changes are a result of collaboration between the Departments of Labor and Education,” said Commissioner of Education James Rier. “Our CTE students need access to training equipment so that the skills they learn in the CTE programs match the skills needed in their industries, and the Department of Labor responded.”

“The top priority is to keep students safe while using the equipment,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “We have built a number of provisions into the rules that require close collaboration and supervision between the business and the CTE staff. Employers training students must meet specific criteria to ensure safety and compliance. At the same time, the changes provide the employer with a highly-trained future workforce, so it is worth their investment of time and personnel to do it the right way from the start.”

There are a number of changes proposed, including redefining "Student Learner" to include the students in a CTE cooperative program; defining a “CTE-Student” as one who is enrolled in an approved CTE program offered from a CTE center or region as defined in Title 20-A M.R.S.A., Chapter 313, 8301-A, 8306-B, 8401 and 8451; and requiring the CTE program to maintain control over the educational experience including the schedule and educational performance deliverables through a written agreement.

The changes require not only that the CTE program include close supervision by an experienced adult who has direct line of sight and within the student’s hearing range but also that the CTE program provide basic safety training for the CTE student related to the selected program and field of work prior to the student performing work that would otherwise be prohibited by the rules. Per the changes, all apprentice, CTE student or student-learner programs must have a written agreement that provides a description of the job, processes, expectations, schedule of work and name of the individual; the employer and school coordinator or principal must sign the agreement.

The new rules also give guidance for situations where 17-year-old high-school graduates who have completed an approved training program but cannot currently be employed in a hazardous occupation due to their age. Under the proposed rules, the graduate may work in a hazardous occupation in which training under an apprentice or student-learner program has been completed as provided in this section, even though the youth is not yet 18 years of age. Federal law allows such employment. For example, this would allow a 17-year-old who graduates after completing several years of training to avoid waiting one to three months until his or her birthday to be employed in his or her trained profession—with that profession being one currently prohibited for individuals under the age of 18.

Last, the rules changes detail the definition, program overview and hazardous occupations for Junior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Persons, previously not identified under Title 26. A paid or volunteer junior emergency medical service person who is 16 or 17 years of age may partake in allowed activities as defined under the proposed rules and in accordance with the Maine Emergency Medical Service Act of 1982 (32 M.R.S.A. Chapter 2-B), and the Maine EMS Rules.

Written comment can also be submitted by September 3 by 4:30 p.m. to Susan Wasserott at Maine Department of Labor, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0054 or 207-621-5096 or Susan.Wasserott@maine.gov .

These rules are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards. Additional information about employment laws in Maine are available at the Bureau of Labor Standards’ website at http://www.maine.gov/labor/bls/index.shtml .

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Supporting documents

Rules Governing Hazardous Occupations for Minors Under 18 in Non-Agricultural Employment

August Programs for Job Seekers at the Machias and Calais CareerCenters Bookmark and Share

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2014 Contact: Nichole Jamison, Washington County CareerCenters, 255-1900; Julie Rabinowitz, 621-5009

WASHINGTON COUNTY—End the summer with a new career! For those who are looking to make a change in careers or get a new job, the Machias and Calais CareerCenters will be offering a variety of programs for job seekers this August.

“August is a great time to prepare for the uptick in hiring that comes with the arrival of fall,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “CareerCenters can help both individuals who need a job and businesses that need to hire workers. Now is the ideal time for job seekers to get a jump start on new training opportunities and upcoming job fairs.”

CareerCenters, part of the Maine Department of Labor, offer a variety of no-charge 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. CareerCenters can assist businesses, recruit employees and can offer workshops at their worksite at no cost to the business.

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 August 6, 2 p.m., Calais CareerCenter; August 28, 9 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? GATEways to Employment is a great opportunity for you! Come and share your ideas and experiences with other job seekers. 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.

Essentials of College Planning presented by MEOC August 5, 10 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

This workshop will survey the basic steps for successful college enrollment. The session will discuss college and trade school options in our region, entrance requirements, readiness and transitional issues of adult students, admissions procedures and financial aid. During the session we will review a typical admissions application, request admissions materials and financial aid information from prospective colleges for each participant, and, if appropriate, will complete the financial aid form. This session is designed to set the stage for future enhanced workshops or individual counseling sessions. Participants should bring 2012 1040 tax form (or income estimates for 2012) and any high school/GED and college transcripts. To register for a MEOC Workshop call 1-800-281-3703.

Is Starting a Business For You? presented by CEI August 11 and 18, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Machias CareerCenter

This workshop is geared specifically to help people who are considering starting their own business - now or in the future. Information will be given about the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, issues to consider before and during the start-up phase, and tools and assistance available in Washington County and beyond. Other topics addressed include the importance of business planning, marketing basics, and business funding sources. While there is no cost for either workshop, only 20 seats are available for each session so advanced registration is required. To register, contact Dodie Emerson at 255-1933 or Atrica.S.Emerson@Maine.gov.

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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Department of Labor Offering Safety Classes for Employers in August Bookmark and Share

July 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 30, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Space is available for the safety classes in Augusta

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting its no-charge safety courses for employers this month in Augusta.

“Safety helps both businesses and workers,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “When employers and employees know how to do the right thing, businesses are better and safer places to work. This also helps our job creators retain and recruit employees while also lowering costs. It’s a win for everyone.”

These 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! Institute at the Maine Department of Labor on Commerce Drive in Augusta.

Public Works Safety Services - July 30, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and July 31, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This two-day course is designed to cover numerous topics relating to public works type agencies, including workzone set up and flagging.

Ladder Safety - August 5, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 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.

Noise and Hearing Protection - August 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class will cover effects of noise on hearing, hearing protection, health standards and OSHA requirements.

Auto Lift/Jack and Jack Stand Compliance - September 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This class will cover types of automotive lifts, jacks and jack stands, proper use, inspection and compliance criterion.

Employers interested in registering can learn more and register at http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Safetyworks_Classes&v=ListAll . Space is limited so reservations are required.

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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Program That Prepares Students Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired for College Highlights Opportunity, Teaches Independence Bookmark and Share

August 1, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 1, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

College Vision Quest runs from July 6 to August 8

AUGUSTA—Maine Department of Labor’s Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, is running a second year of its College Vision Quest program this summer. CVQ allows students who are blind or have a visual impairment to try college life for a month.

Three students attended the 2013 pilot program and took an introductory, college-English course while participating in several seminars. Six students are attending this year, taking English 101 and participating in 48 learning labs in addition to morning seminars. Held at the University of Maine’s Orono campus, it runs from July 6 to August 8. The program will conclude with a celebration of completion on the final day. Upon completion, the students will receive three university credits.

The eight students attending this year are SkyeLynn Patten, Jacob Hunter, Jazmine Barnett, Alisa Facer, Sudeep Stauble and Dan Thompson. There are also four individuals working as Residential Assistants who are visually impaired. Those individuals are Britany Douglass, Lindsay Ball, Tim Allen and Andrew Seigler.

“These students are having a wonderful time learning about the opportunities available to them,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Our students with disabilities should not let anything hold them back from achieving their dreams. All Mainers should have access to the training and education they need for their career. These students are excellent role models for all of us who may hesitate to try something new that can better our lives.”

Already, DBVI staff who are supporting Vision Quest have noticed the growth in participating students, many of whom are developing friendships with other peers who are blind or visually impaired for the first time. The staff says students are really enjoying the first-hand glimpse of college life coupled with informative sessions.

Students have expressed their excitement about their participation this year. One remarked, “For once, I fit in and am having a great time”; another is “really enjoying the group of people and have met lots of friends!”

As part of the program, CVQ students have had an opportunity to meet with Dr. Nicholas Giudice, director of the Virtual Environment and Multimodal Interaction (VEMI) Laboratory. The VEMI Laboratory, part of the Spatial Informatics program in the School of Computing and Information Science at the University of Maine, houses the university’s first, and Maine’s only, research facility combining virtual reality (VR) installation with augmented reality (AR) technologies.

Students have been able to talk with Giudice about his experiences as a professor with a visual disability, and he gave them a chance to try out some of the virtual reality simulations. In particular, real-time navigation of indoor and outdoor spaces, cognitive mapping and wayfinding in new environments are of special interest to DBVI’s participants because those skills are necessary for successful completion of college and obtaining meaningful employment. Several of the students will also be participating in paid work with the VEMI lab in some of their ongoing research projects.

The students are learning how to navigate new experiences off campus as well. Maine Adaptive will conduct a kayaking outreach event with the students during the weekend of August 2, 2014, in Glenburn. Students volunteer in the community as part of the program; they can use these experiences to meet high school service hours requirements or to include on their college or scholarship applications.

Most important, the service experiences will help encourage the students to incorporate volunteering in the community as part of their lives going forward. The students have enjoyed volunteering at the Old Town YMCA, the Bangor Humane Society, and the UMaine Bodwell Center food bank. They plan to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald house during the last week of the CQV.

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 who are blind or have a visual impairment.

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Augusta Area Job Fair to be held August 25 at the CareerCenter Bookmark and Share

August 5, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 5, 2014 Contact: Peter Diplock, Augusta CareerCenter Manager, 624-5183; Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 621-5009

AUGUSTA—More than ten employers seeking to hire construction, health care and production workers and customer service employees will be exhibiting at the Augusta CareerCenter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 25. The CareerCenter is located at 21 Enterprise Drive #2 in Augusta.

“Maine’s employers are hiring; our state gained more than 5,000 jobs in this spring and there are about 7,000 open jobs on our Job Bank right now,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “This job fair will help you start the fall with a good job. Come out, meet employers and learn what the Augusta area has to offer.”

Participating employers include: Becket Family Services, Maine Staffing Group, Bonney Staffing, Sears, Sage Dining Services, Capital Area Staffing, Support Solutions, Home Care for Maine, Uplift, Inc., Providence Human Services and more.

All are seeking qualified employees to fill current positions. Job seekers are encouraged to dress appropriately, bring a current resume and expect to interview.

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 624-5120 (TTY users call Maine Relay 711). 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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Maine Department of Labor Showcases New Data Dashboard on Post-College Employment Bookmark and Share

August 11, 2014

For Immediate Release: August 11, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, MDOL, Julie.rabinowitz@maine.gov; Karen Hamilton, MCSS, khamilton@mccs.me.edu ; Dan Demeritt, UMS, dan.demeritt@maine.edu

Provides specific information on education and wages

AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information has developed a new data system that measures the employment outcomes of college graduates. The system, which took three years to develop, links the records of University of Maine System and Maine Community College System students with their corresponding unemployment insurance wage records available at the department.

“Bringing these sets of data together will improve our ability to answer important questions regarding the extent to which new graduates find jobs in Maine, and what are they paid,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Several other states have implemented similar systems, and this initiative, which has been in development for three years, will better inform Maine’s educational system, policymakers and employers—but most of all, aid our students and their families in making their career choices.”

The data is available by credential, area of study and school. The data system serves as a platform for understanding what happens to cohorts of college graduates once they leave school and as they progress through the workforce. It can be used to address such questions as:

  • Do students get jobs in Maine?
  • What do they earn?
  • How do the wage and employment outcomes for various credentials compare?
  • How many students are completing programs in specific areas of study, such as nursing, engineering or welding?

The value of an education includes factors beyond employment statistics. The data system does not measure intangible factors such as personal satisfaction with earning a credential and the intrinsic value of an education.

However, this type of information offers value for a range of stakeholders. For example, students will be able to make more informed career choices. College administrators and educators will have information to better evaluate programs and more efficiently allocate scarce resources. Economic developers, employers and policy makers can use the data to better understand the pipeline of newly trained graduates in strategic sectors.

The system was able to capture 76 percent of those in the cohort as having been employed in Maine.

Overall, the data shows that higher levels of education tend to be accompanied by higher wages. In general, graduates with higher levels of education had higher first year wages.

At present, this tool only measures first year employment outcomes which may not be reflective of long-term outcomes. With additional funding, longer term outcomes will be developed.

As with any data set, there are limitations that are important for users to understand. Outcomes include only those with covered employment in Maine. Individuals might not appear in the data because they got a job outside the state of Maine, they are self-employed, they are employed by the federal government or are pursuing further education and out of the job market. Employment outcomes will also vary with the economic cycle, industry and region of employment. For other important limitations, and more information on the tool, please visit http://www.maine.gov/labor/cwri/wdqi/ .

The system was developed in partnership with UMS, MCCS and the Maine Department of Education’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). Grants from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Education and Training Administration and the SLDS provided funding for the project.

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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Portland Man Sentenced to State Prison for Unemployment Fraud Bookmark and Share

August 12, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 12, 2014

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Collected benefits while employed

AUGUSTA— Tracy Young of Portland, Maine was convicted on July 28, 2014, of theft by deception for fraudulently receiving unemployment insurance payments.

Young, age 49, worked and earned wages while collecting benefits. He was sentenced to three years and one month in Maine State Prison with two years of probation for two counts relating to unemployment fraud. He has paid restitution of $2,587.

“Unemployment fraud takes money away from people who are genuinely in need,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Fraud also burdens the businesses that pay the unemployment taxes that fund the benefits. The Department of Labor is actively reviewing the data to identify fraud and referring cases to the district attorneys.”

“Unemployment benefit fraud involving principal amounts of $1,000 or more are considered felonies under Maine law. We continue to aggressively move felony cases to prosecution,” stated Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette.

The Department of Labor actively pursues the collection of benefit overpayments and any associated fines and interest. The collection process usually begins by contacting claimants to request repayment or establish a repayment schedule.

As of July 31, the amount of fraudulent payments recovered in 2014 through prosecution totals $63,496.60. That same amount for all of 2013 totaled $67,501.01. Eighty-eight fraud cases are pending with district attorneys. In 2012, a total of 15 cases were referred to district attorneys for prosecution, resulting in five convictions. In 2013, the department referred 88 cases.

“Fraud prosecution and prevention is a priority for the department. In the past two years, we’ve improved our reporting systems. We now receive information from employers faster and perform better cross-matches against employment and other databases to identify potential fraud. These efforts are paying off and send a strong message,” Commissioner Paquette said.

Commissioner Paquette explained what constitutes fraud. “For people claiming benefits, unemployment insurance fraud usually involves someone misrepresenting information to qualify for benefits,” she said. “In this case, an individual continued to claim benefits after returning to work. In other cases, individuals might report that they are looking for work when they are not, or they might report having contacted employers in their search for work that they did not actually contact. Some may file claims under false pretenses.”

To identify when people receiving benefits are hired for permanent work, the department cross-matches the list of active claimants against the National Directory of New Hires and against employer-reported quarterly wage data.

On the employer side of the unemployment system, fraud includes intentional misclassification of employees as independent contractors, misreporting worker wages to avoid payment of unemployment taxes and “SUTA dumping,” a rate manipulation practice for obtaining a lower tax rate than a company’s unemployment experience would otherwise allow.

Citizens can report instances of suspected unemployment fraud by phone, email, fax or mail; information is available at http://www.maine.gov/labor/unemployment/fraud.html . Tips can be kept confidential.

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Notice of Rulemaking: DOL 12-597, “Rules Governing Implementation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program” Bookmark and Share

August 13, 2014

Note: To access a copy of the proposed rules changes, interested parties should click on the following link and enter 8/12/2014 in the “Date From” and 8/16/2014 in the “Date To” menu. http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/publicrules/default.aspx

AGENCY: Department of Labor

NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER OF AGENCY CONTACT PERSON:

Susan Wasserott

Department of Labor

54 State House Station

Augusta, ME 04333-0054

621-5096

Susan.Wasserott@maine.gov

CHAPTER NUMBER AND RULE TITLE:

DOL 12-597, “Rules Governing Implementation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program.”

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA 2051

COMMENT DEADLINE: Friday, September 12, 2014

PRINCIPAL REASON OR PURPOSE FOR PROPOSING THIS RULE: To align TAA benefits at the state level with current Federal rule changes.

ANALYSIS AND EXPECTED OPERATION OF THE RULE: CareerCenter staff will follow the benefits as outlined in the rule changes for customers they are serving under this program.

FISCAL IMPACT OF THE RULE: None

FOR RULES WITH FISCAL IMPACT OF $1 MILLION OR MORE, ALSO INCLUDE:

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Rules Governing Implementation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program 2014

Summer Interns Bring Enthusiasm to the Maine Department of Labor Bookmark and Share

August 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2014

Contact: MacKenzie Riley and Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA—Six students are wrapping up their summer internships with the Maine Department of Labor. Michael Bailey of Waterville, Caroline Bowne of Falmouth, Erin Fitzpatrick of Marshall, Michigan, Jordan Kim of Dover-Foxcroft, MacKenzie Riley of Waterville and Jon Whittemore of Brunswick spent several weeks working on special projects in various bureaus within the department.

“Each summer we have a new group of students and we are continuously impressed with their fresh look at our programs and projects, their willingness to learn and their contributions to our department, our customers and the people of Maine,” said Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “We thank them for their work and we are pleased that they have found the internship experience valuable.”

Michael Bailey attends the University of Maine at Orono and majors in history. Interning as a labor historian in the Bureau of Labor Standards this summer, his primary task was researching the history of labor laws in the State of Maine, the role of the Department of Labor and State Legislature and how events in the state and nation affected the passage of specific laws. Bailey then wrote a report of his findings that will be published online.

Caroline Bowne attends Skidmore College and majors in management and business. Bowne’s job as a technical writer was to update existing and create new standard operating procedures for many functions in the Employer Services Division of the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. The Employer Services Division is responsible for collecting and processing all unemployment insurance taxes for the State of Maine. Bowne also preformed research on delinquent accounts, attended hearings and shadowed employer audits.

Erin Fitzpatrick, Orientation and Mobility Master’s student at Western Michigan University, interned with the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired in the Rockland and Bangor offices this summer. Her job was to teach people with blindness and visual impairments how to travel safely and independently and providing the tools to do so. Fitzpatrick also helped out with the Vision Quest College Preparation program and the New England Blind Athletic League sports camp.

Jordan Kim is a student of the Rehabilitation program at the University of Maine at Farmington. Kim’s internship this summer was in the Portland office for the Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired (DBVI) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). He worked on the independent living caseload for DBVI, completed client intake and eligibility reviews for DVR and volunteered at the New England Blind Athletic League sports camp.

MacKenzie Riley is a communications and journalism student at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. Her job as the communications intern for the Office of the Commissioner included writing and editing press releases, monthly employer and MDOL staff newsletters, writing success stories for the CareerCenter blog and helping to manage the department and CareerCenter’s social media accounts.

Jon Whittemore attends Husson University where he majors in business administration. His job in the Department of Labor was as a technical field writer in the Employer Services Division of the Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. Whittemore helped create and revise standard operating procedures, shadowed employer audits and helped educate employers on new and existing laws through outreach events and creating brochures.

The Maine Department of Labor is committed to serving Maine workers and businesses by helping employers recruit and train a talented workforce, providing workers with the skills they need to be competitive in the economy, assisting individuals when jobs are lost, ensuring safe and fair workplaces for people on the job and researching and analyzing employment data to support job growth.

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Annual Deaf Culture Week Celebration and Award Ceremony Bookmark and Share

August 14, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 14, 2014

CONTACT: Julie Rabinowitz 621-5009; Nancy Melanson 623-7958 (voice); 623-7998 (TTY)

Tea in Hall of Flags Sept. 18

AUGUSTA — In celebration of Deaf culture and the heritage of American Sign Language (ASL) and Deaf literature, art and folklore, Governor Paul R. LePage has issued a proclamation designating the week of Sept. 20 through 26, 2014, as Deaf Culture Week.

“Deaf Culture Week in Maine and the annual awards serve as important reminders of the many contributions of our citizens,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “I congratulate and thank all of the awardees for their achievements. Their work benefits not only people who are deaf or hard of hearing but all of our communities.”

The Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened will hold its 23rd Annual Award Ceremony and Tea on Sept. 18, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Hall of Flags at the State House. This year, the commission will present six awards in six categories to individuals who have contributed to Deaf culture in Maine. Award recipients are:

Clifton F. Rodgers Award ~ Lifetime Achievement Award — Roland Bracy, Jr., Biddeford

Ginny Hewes Award ~ Advocate for the Needs of the Deaf Community Award — Mathew A. Welch, Steep Falls

Special Commendation Award — Roger Poulin, Seattle, WA

Meritorious Support Service Provider Certificate — Roni Lepore, Pompton Lakes, NJ

Promoting ASL, Deaf Culture and Deaf People Award — Wanda McMullen, Dixmont

Outstanding Citizenship Award — Christopher J. Blair, Saco

Citizenship Youth Award — Courtney Camire, Biddeford

Ivy Velez will give the keynote address. Velez is a grassroots Deaf and Latina Community Advocate, who grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut. She graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor's in Human Services. Currently, she works as an Intensive Care Coordinator at the Walden Wraparound CSA - The Learning Center for the Deaf in Framingham, Massachusetts serving families with children as part of a statewide bi-cultural, bilingual mental health care program. Velez has worked in human services for over 25 years, working to raise awareness on the value of having diversity within the workplace. Velez is also an active member of the Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf, Boston Latino Deaf Association and co-founder of Sound-Off Theatre.

The Division of the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened, part of the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) in the Department of Labor, works to bring about full access to employment, independence and community integration for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

“I encourage employers to diversify their workforce by including people with disabilities,” said the Governor. “The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services can facilitate that through vocational rehabilitation, training assistance and advice for employers.”

For more information about hiring people with disabilities or identifying job training resources for people with disabilities, visit your local CareerCenter, call 1-855-ALL-HIRE (TTY users call Maine Relay 711) or visit http://employmentforme.org .

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

August 14, 2014

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

Session will be held in Old Town next week

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

“The department’s Rapid Response program assists workers facing job loss due to downsizing or closures,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “The Rapid Response team is reaching out to help these workers.”

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

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

To find out more about the Rapid Response program, contact your local CareerCenter. The Bureau of Employment Services provides a variety of employment and training services for Maine workers, businesses and job seekers through the Maine CareerCenter network, http://www.mainecareercenter.com .

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

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Maine Department of Labor Update for Employers Now Posted Bookmark and Share

August 22, 2014

The August/September edition of the Maine Department of Labor's Employer Update is now online and available here: http://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MEDOL/bulletins/c650cd

This edition covers: - Thinking about Drug Testing? We Need Your Input! - Upcoming Safety Training - Hiring? Job Fairs! - Employer Services - Save the Date: HR Day, Oct. 2 - Seasonal Employers: Count the Days! - Are You Paying the Going Rate for Certain Occupations? - Disability Mentoring Day - DOL Proposes Changes to Rules Covering Onsite Job Training of Minors