Department of Labor Statement on Recent Unemployment System Allegations Bookmark and Share

March 22, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 22, 2018

Media Contact: Laura Hudson, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009

AUGUSTA---In response to recent allegations about the Maine Department of Labor’s roll-out of ReEmployME, the Department has written a memo to the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee.

“The Department follows all appropriate policies and protocols at the state and federal level," said Labor Commissioner John Butera. "The accusations of improper handling of information are baseless and unequivocally false. The personal attacks on Director John Feeney are particularly troubling. Feeney is a man of integrity, having served his country and our Department with distinction. I’m confident that the system is now working as intended and has long term benefits for constituents and the State of Maine, despite some challenges and issues at the early stages of rollout.”

The Bureau of Unemployment Compensation contributes to economic stability by providing temporary employer-funded benefits to eligible individuals while they seek re-employment. The bureau operates an accessible, integrity-driven program in a timely and accurate manner.

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

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Supporting documents

Memo to the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee

Guide to Protecting Personally Identifiable Information - National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

Performance Report - U.S. Department of Labor