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On July 11, 2023, Governor Mills signed an historic budget that includes the creation of a paid family and medical leave program, making Maine the 13th state to establish one. Beginning in 2026, eligible workers in the private and public sector will have 12 weeks of paid time off available to them for family or medical reasons including illness, to care for a relative, or for the birth of a child.

Maine’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Program was enacted through 2023 Public Law Chapter 412. The PFML law is included in Part AAA. An excerpted copy of the law, specific to Part AAA, can be found here.

The rulemaking process will include an informal period for collecting information prior to the formal process required by the Maine Administrative Procedures Act (MAPA). MAPA requires the Maine Department of Labor post draft rules for public comment for a period of at least thirty days. During this comment period, the Department intends to hold a public hearing in order to gather feedback on the drafted rules as well as collect written comments. Final adoption of the rules requires the Department to provide a response to all public comments.

  • PFML Program Established: October 25, 2023 
  • Authority Appointed: January 1, 2024 
  • Rulemaking begins: Spring 2024 
  • Payroll contributions begin: January 1, 2025 
  • Benefits begin: May 1, 2026 

Director - Luke Monahan was born in Western Maine, and is the son of a small business owner. He attended Bowdoin College, and then Northeastern University for graduate studies. He started his career with case management non-profits in Southern Maine, working with jail diversion programs, with community support services for unhoused populations in Portland area, and with at risk youth diverted from secure detention. With the State of Maine, he brings over 12 years program administration experience with the Department of Corrections and Department of Health and Human Services. Most recently, he has acted as the Associate Director for the Division of Disability Determination Services with the Department of Health and Human Services, an office that was tasked with making the medical determinations of the Social Security Disability Insurance program.

Deputy Director – Reggie Parson currently serves as Deputy Director for the Maine Paid Family and Medical Leave Program with the Maine Department of Labor. Prior to his current role, he served as legislative staff in the House Majority Office and for two former Maine House Speakers from 2019 to 2023.  He has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a Juris Doctor with a Pro bono publico Award with distinction from the University of Maine School of Law.

The Paid Family and Medical Leave Benefits Authority as created by Public Law 2023, Chapter 412 is a fifteen member body with the responsibility of advising on the administration of the Paid Family and Medical Leave program. Eleven of the fifteen members are appointed by the Governor and subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over labor matters and to confirmation by the Maine State Senate.

Below are the following positions that are subject to appointment and confirmation:

  • One member with expertise in issues affecting labor and independent contractors;
  • One employer with more than 50 employees;
  • One member with expertise in issues related to paid family leave benefits and paid medical leave benefits;
  • One employer with 50 or fewer employees;
  • One member who is self-employed;
  • One member who is an employer in the hospitality industry;
  • One member with expertise in treating issues affecting maternity and postpartum care;
  • One member with expertise in agriculture, a seasonal workforce or a heritage industry;
  • One member with expertise in issues affecting elder care;
  • One member with expertise in child care and early childhood development; and
  • One member with expertise in employment law representing employee interests;

Soon, MDOL hold informal listening sessions that will provide an opportunity for interested parties to share invaluable feedback about components of the new Paid Family and medical Leave legislation. All listening sessions listed below will be held online.

If you unable to access this meeting online, there will be access to watch at the Maine Department of Labor Frances Perkins Room, 45 Commerce Drive, Augusta.

Please stay tuned for additional details about registration and other information about the session on this web page and by email.  These informal listening sessions do not replace and is in addition to the formal regulatory process governed by the Maine Administrative Procedures Act (MAPA).