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May 1, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 1, 2013
Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009
Classes will be held around the state to help employers get ready for summer hiring
AUGUSTA—The Maine Department of Labor will hold free classes in four cities to help educate employers and the public about the regulations governing the workplace. The Laws Governing Workplace Rights classes will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at each location.
The classes, taught by staff of the Wage and Hour Division of the Bureau of Labor Standards, will take place on May 15 in Saco, May 16 in Bangor, May 20 in Lewiston, and June 14 in Portland.
“These free classes can help businesses understand the law,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Compliance saves businesses and the state time and money, and this allows Maine’s employers to become more efficient in dealing with state regulations.”
This course covers wage and hour laws, including minimum wage, overtime, youth employment, severance pay, equal pay, leave requirements (family medical leave, family sick leave, and domestic violence) and break requirements. It also addresses commonly asked employment-related questions and participants have an opportunity to ask questions.
Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette noted, “This course is designed for human resource or benefits professionals, accountants, business owners, managers or payroll supervisors. This is about education, not investigation. We want to help employers comply with the law.”
To register, call the Maine Department of Labor at (207) 623-7900 or visit http://www.safetyworksmaine.com/training/scheduled_classes/register.shtml . Space is limited so reservations are required.
The Wage and Hour Division is Maine’s regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law; 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.