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Department of Labor

1999-2000 Regulatory Agenda


150: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
152: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
168: Bureau of Unemployment Compensation
169: Unemployment Insurance Commission
170: Bureau of Labor Standards
179: Board of Occupational Safety and Health
180: Maine Labor Relations Board
181: Maine Apprenticeship Program
597: Governor's Training Initiative


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-150
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired
CONTACT PERSON: John Shattuck, Director, 150 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0150. Tel: (207) 287-5100

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 15: Business Enterprise Program Policy Manual
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1418
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services for persons who are blind and visually impaired as managers of Business Enterprise Food Service locations. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Blind and visually impaired persons eligible for Business Enterprise Program.

CHAPTER 101: Vocational Rehabilitation Services for Individuals who are Blind
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1418
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services for persons who are blind and visually impaired in achieving an employment outcome. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Blind and visually impaired persons eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services.

CHAPTER 105: Independent Living Services for Individuals who are Blind
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA §1418
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services for persons who are blind and visually impaired in preserving and enhancing independent living. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Blind and visually impaired persons eligible for Independent Living services.


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-152
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
CONTACT PERSON: John Shattuck, Director, 150 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0150. Tel: (207) 287-5100

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Amendments to Vocational Rehabilitation Services Policy Manual STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Chapter 560, PL 1996, Title 26 MRSA § 1417
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of vocational rehabilitation services for persons with disabilities to assist them in achieving an employment outcome. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Persons with disabilities eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation services.

CHAPTER 7: Independent Living Services Policy Manual
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Chapter 560, PL 1996, Title 26 MRSA § 1417
PURPOSE: The rules govern the delivery of independent living services to persons with disabilities. Modifications would reflect recently enacted federal legislation and regulations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By April 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Persons with disabilities eligible for Independent Living services.

CHAPTER 10: Hearing Impaired Children's Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: PL 501-1985
PURPOSE: The Hearing Impaired Children's Program will serve children age 0 - 20 years with a diagnosis of sensorineural hearing impairment and other non-correctable, permanent hearing loss. The intent of the Program is to ensure that no hearing-impaired child be denied access to services or equipment needed to eliminate or reduce, to the extent possible, the impairment to their development of speech and language competencies caused by a hearing loss when their family lacks adequate financial resources with which to purchase needed services or equipment. ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: To be repealed July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: These children now receive the same services under the Department of Education.

CHAPTER 11: Hearing Aid Lender Program for the Elderly
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: None
PURPOSE: The Hearing Aid Lender Program for the Elderly, hereinafter referred to as the Program, will serve adults who are over 65 years old with a bilateral hearing loss of at least 55 decibels (dB) in the better ear. The Program is considered a pilot program with limited funding to serve the elderly hearing impaired individual in purchasing hearing amplification on a loaner basis. There are a limited number of hearing aids available for the Program. The hearing aids will be dispensed on a first come, first served basis for eligible applicants.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: To be repealed July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: None.

CHAPTER 12: Telecommunication Devices for People with Disabilities Program Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 35, MRSA § 2361
PURPOSE: The Division of Deafness, under the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Labor, through the Telecommunication Devices for People with Disabilities Program (hereinafter called "The Program"), will provide funds for purchase, lease, upgrading, installation, maintenance and repair of special telecommunication equipment for persons who are disabled.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By July 1, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: New rules will provide specialized customer telecommunication equipment for persons with disabilities.


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-168
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Unemployment Compensation
CONTACT PERSON: Gail Thayer, Director, 54 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0054.
Tel: (207) 287-2316

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 11: Maine Enterprise Option Program
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1197
PURPOSE: Legislation enacted in 1997 corrected an inconsistency caused when 26 MRSA § 2015-A(l0) was repealed. Chapter 11 will be amended consistent with this legislative change.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Any person aggrieved by a determination of nonacceptance into the MEO program.


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-169
AGENCY NAME: Unemployment Insurance Commission
CONTACT PERSON: John B. Wlodkowski, Chairman, 40 Forest Falls Drive, Yarmouth, ME 04096. Tel: (207) 846-2000

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Definitions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise or correct current definitions including, but not limited to, the meaning of "employing unit," "prorated benefits," "successor," "temporary employment agency," "employee leasing. arrangement," "leased employee," "joint venture," "limited liability company," "domestic violence," "immediate family," "parental obligation," "interested party," and "good cause."
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 2: Employer Notices, Records, Contributions and Reimbursement Payments and Reports
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify the rule regarding successor employers and to modify rules relating to combined reporting of unemployment insurance contributions.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 3: Unemployment Benefits, Intrastate
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify the procedure, for prorating benefits to partially unemployed claimants and to revise guidelines regarding time limits and other matters relating to the filing of initial and weekly unemployment claims.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 4: Unemployment Benefits, Interstate.
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To modify definitions and weekly reporting requirements related to interstate claims.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 5: Rule of Practice Governing Adjudicatory Proceedings
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise guidelines for the Commission's treatment of adjudication issues, including, but not limited to, remands, attorney fees, and filing procedures for appeals.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 8: Payments for Dependents
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To make minor name changes and revise time limits for providing information in support of dependency claims.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 9: Able and Available Requirements
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify guidelines related to ability to work and availability for work.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 10: Work Search Requirements
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To modify procedures related to work searches.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 11: Deputy Determinations
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise and clarify rules with respect to deputy determinations, including, but not limited to, claimant pay status, employer charge issues, the provision of information by claimants and employers, and partial unemployment.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 14: Education Institution Employees
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify definitions related to educational institutions and vacations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 16: Benefit Payments to Illegal Aliens
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise guidelines for filing claims by aliens and to repeal Rule 100, which has been superseded by federal statute.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 17: Voluntary Leaving
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify rules with respect to claimants leaving work due to illness or disability, to follow their spouse, and while on leave.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 18: Discharge
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To define misconduct in accordance with statutory changes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 19: Other Remuneration
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To provide and/or revise definitions for other remuneration and to clarify the procedure for allocating other remuneration, including, but not limited to, bonus payments and severance pay to particular periods.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 20: Unemployment Fraud or Misrepresentation by Claimants
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise requirements related to fraud determinations and procedures.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 22: Extended Benefits
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify work search requirements for extended benefits.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 23: Dislocated Worker Benefits
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To clarify definitions, including, but not limited to, adversely affected employment, enrollment in a training program and suitable employment.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

CHAPTER 24: Approved Training
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To revise procedures and standards for the prior approval of training programs, individual requests for approved training, and participation requirements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

NEW RULE: Waivers
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To adopt procedures and standards for claimants for waivers of overpayments, future benefit deductions, and income tax setoffs.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.

NEW RULE: Employee Leasing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1082(2)
PURPOSE: To provide guidelines for the Maine Department of Labor's treatment of employee leasing arrangements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Maine employers and employees.


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-170
AGENCY NAME: Bureau of Labor Standards
CONTACT PERSON: Alan C. Hinsey, Director, 45 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0045. Tel: (207) 624-6400

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Procedures and Standards for Testing Stuffing Materials in Stuffed Toys
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 123
PURPOSE: Establish testing procedures and standards.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Manufacturers and consumers of stuffed toys.

CHAPTER 2: Rules Governing the Chemical Substance Identification Law (Repeal)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 1709
PURPOSE: Provides for procedures for the identification and registration of hazardous chemicals.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers and employees who use listed chemicals.

CHAPTER 3: Rules Governing the Administration of the Wage Assurance Fund
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 632
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures to process worker claims under the Fund.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Covered unpaid employees.

CHAPTER 4: Rules Governing Occupational Safety and Health Grants and Loans
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA §§ 42-A, 61 and 63
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures for grants and loans for occupational safety and health purposes.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers eligible for loans and training agencies eligible for grants.

CHAPTER 7: Rules Relating to Substance Abuse Testing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 687
PURPOSE: The rules outline certain responsibilities for employers who choose to implement a workplace substance abuse testing program.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers with testing programs, or who have an interest in implementing one, and their employees.

CHAPTER 8: Rules Regarding Workplace Health and Safety Programs for Employers with Workers' Compensation Modification Rates of Two or More
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 39-A MRSA § 401
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for occupational safety and health plans of certain Maine employers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers with a workers' compensation modification rate greater than 2.0 and their employees.

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Assessment of Interest and Penalties for Non-payment under the Safety Education and Training Fund (SETF) (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 61
PURPOSE: To establish procedures to determine when, how and against whom penalties and interest will be assessed for non-payment of bills under the SETF.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By January, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: The Workers' Compensation insurance carriers and self-insureds and any employer who receives services from the SETF.

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Severance Pay (26 MRSA § 625-B) (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 42
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for the application of the severance pay statute.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers and employees affected by the severance law.

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Equal Pay (26 MRSA §628) (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 42
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for the application of the equal pay law.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By March, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers and employees.
OTHER: Anticipate use of consensus-based rule development.

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to the Minimum Wage (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 665
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for the application of the minimum wage.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers and employees.

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to the Employment of Minors (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 785
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards for application of the child labor laws.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Working minors and their employers.

NEW RULE: Rules Regarding Employment of Minors in Hazardous Occupations (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 772
PURPOSE: To establish a comprehensive list of occupations found to be hazardous and, therefore, unsuitable for the employment of minors.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Working minors and their potential employers.

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to Agricultural Labor Housing Standards (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 586
PURPOSE: To establish housing standards for agricultural laborers.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Agricultural workers not covered by Federal regulations and their employers.

NEW RULE: Rules Regarding Rights of Employees Affected by Domestic Violence (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 850 (1999 PL c. 452)
PURPOSE: To define terms in the law and to clarify the applicable work and legal situations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Workers affected by domestic violence and their employers.
OTHER: Anticipate use of consensus-based rule development.

NEW RULE: Rules Relating to the Application of Administrative Civil Money Penalties (Proposed)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 53 (1999 PL c. 181)
PURPOSE: To establish procedures to govern the Bureau's application of administrative civil money penalties.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Employers in violation of chapter 7, subchapters I through IV of Title 26.


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-179
AGENCY NAME: Board of Occupational Safety and Health
CONTACT PERSON: Alan C. Hinsey, Director, Bureau of Labor Standards, 45 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0045. Tel: (207) 624-6400

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Procedural Rules Governing the Board of Occupational Safety and Health
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 565
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures to guide the Board and affected parties through meetings and hearings.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Board members and parties with business before the Board.

CHAPTER 2: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for General Employment in the Public Sector
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 565
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for public employees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Non-federal public employers and their employees.

CHAPTER 3: Occupational Safety and Health Standards for Construction Employment in the Public Sector
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 565
PURPOSE: Establishes procedures and standards to ensure safe and healthful working conditions for public employees.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By December, 1999.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Non-federal public employers and their employees.

CHAPTER 4: Minimum Standard for Firefighters
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 2107
PURPOSE: Establishes minimum occupational safety and health standards for firefighters.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Firefighting community.
OTHER: Anticipate the use of collaborative rule development.

CHAPTER 6: Recording Occupational Injuries and Illnesses in the Public Sector
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: Title 26 MRSA § 565
PURPOSE: Establishes standards for the recording of occupational injuries and illnesses in the non-federal public sector.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: By June, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: Public sector employers covered by the state Occupational Safety and Health Act.


UMBRELLA/UNIT NUMBER: 12-180
AGENCY NAME: Maine Labor Relations Board
CONTACT PERSON: Joyce A. Oreskovich, Counsel, 90 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0090. Tel: (207) 287-2015

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

CONSENSUS-BASED RULE DEVELOPMENT: The agency does not anticipate engaging in a consensus-based rule development process.

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: Unit Determination Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA Section 968(3)
PURPOSE: These rules establish the procedures for unit determination, unit clarification and unit mergers. They may be amended to reflect statutory changes regarding mergers, to establish procedures for when a unit has been inactive for many years and to clarify filing and response requirements.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June 30, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All employers, employee organizations or individual employees within the Board's jurisdiction who may file or respond to unit determination, unit clarification, and unit merger petitions.

CHAPTER 2: Decertification Petition Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA Section 968(3)
PURPOSE: These rules establish the procedure for filing petitions for decertification elections. They may be amended to provide an opportunity to respond to the petition prior to scheduling the election and to clarify filing requirements and intervention procedures.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June 30, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All employee organizations or individual employees within the Board's jurisdiction who may file or respond to decertification election petitions.

CHAPTER 3: Election Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA Section 968(3)
PURPOSE: These rules establish the procedure for conducting bargaining agent elections. They may be amended to address issues related to elections at schools during the summer, to provide an opportunity to respond to the petition prior to scheduling the election for long-standing, unrepresented bargaining units and to clarify filing requirements and intervention procedures.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June 30, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All employers, employee organizations or individual employees within the Board's jurisdiction who may file or respond to election petitions.

CHAPTER 4: Prohibited Practice Complaint Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA Section 968(3)
PURPOSE: These rules establish the procedure for filing and responding to prohibited practice complaints. They may be amended to address concerns about the format of complaints, simplify the procedure for responding to amended complaints, ease service requirements, and reduce paperwork.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June 30, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All employers, employee organizations or individual employees within the Board's jurisdiction who may file or respond to prohibited practice complaints.

CHAPTER 5: Mediation Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA Section 968(3)
PURPOSE: These rules establish the process for requesting and providing mediation services. They may be amended to reflect policy changes in the area of preventative mediation and other areas.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June 30, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All employers, employee organizations or individual employees within the Board's jurisdiction who may participate in mediation.

CHAPTER 6: Fact-Finding Rules
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA Section 968(3)
PURPOSE: These rules establish the process for requesting and providing fact-finding services. They may be amended to reflect changes in law and policy, to provide a procedure for establishing and amending a fee schedule for fact-finders, and standardizing the presentation of documentary evidence.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June 30, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All employers, employee organizations or individual employees within the Board's jurisdiction who may participate in fact finding.

CHAPTER 7: General Provisions
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 26 MRSA Section 968(3)
PURPOSE: These general procedural rules apply to more than one of the Boardžs functions. They may be amended to reflect policy changes and to permit requesting services by fax or other electronic means, thereby reducing paperwork and expediting the process, and to exclude the Board forms from the rules thereby allowing flexibility in changing the forms without requiring rule-making. This could be particularly important should electronic filing be approved.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: Prior to June 30, 2000.
AFFECTED PARTIES: All employers, employee organizations or individual employees within the Board's jurisdiction.


UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-181
AGENCY NAME: Maine Apprenticeship Program
CONTACT PERSON: Kenneth (Skip) Hardt, Director of Apprenticeship, 55 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0055. Tel: (207) 624-6390.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY: None


AGENCY UMBRELLA-UNIT NUMBER: 12-597
AGENCY NAME: Governor's Training Initiative
CONTACT PERSON: Michael T. Bourret, Employer Assistance Division Director, 55 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0055. Tel: (207) 624-6390.

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA :None

EXPECTED 1999-2000 RULE-MAKING ACTIVITY: None

NEW RULE: None


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