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Last updated: February 2019

Introduction

This legislative history includes the laws enacting and amending 26 MRS §§625, 625-A, and 625-B






Session Law:  

Year  LD Amendments Session Law Legislative Record
Debate & Remarks
Other Documents & News Clips Full LD
History
1971 LD 424

An Act Providing Notice or Severance Pay by Employers
Enacted with amendment:

S-231
PL 1971, c. 452 Senate, June 3, 1971
p. 3550-3553

House, June 10, 1971
p. 3861-3865
N/A N/A
1973 LD 308

An Act Relating to Severance Pay for Employees

OTP-ND:
LD 2012
N/A

PL 1973, c. 545 House, June 11, 1973
p. 4092-4094

Senate, June 13, 1973
p. 4233

Senate, June 18, 1973
p. 4432-4433

N/A N/A
1975 LD 1362

An Act to Clarify the Severance Pay Statute
Enacted with amendment:

H-674
PL 1975, c. 512 No debate. Court Opinion:  Shapiro Brothers Shoe Co., Inc. v. Lewiston-Auburn Shop Workers Protective Association, 320 A 2d 247 (Me. 1974) N/A
1976 LD 2215

An Act Concerning the Statutes Relating to Labor

OTP-ND:
LD 2332
Enacted with amendment:

H-1136
PL 1975, c. 717 No debate. N/A N/A
1980 LD 1703

An Act to Make Corrections of Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine

OTP-ND:
LD 1964
Enacted with amendments:

H-844     H-849
H-847     H-856
H-848     S-426
PL 1979, c. 663 Senate, February 28, 1980
p. 272

House, March 7, 1980
p. 332

Senate, March 11, 1980
p. 385
N/A N/A
1981 LD 351

An Act to Provide for Notification of Employees When a Business Plant Leaves the State
Enacted with amendment:

H-350
PL 1981, c. 337 Senate, May 18, 1981
p. 1201
News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. N/A
1989 LD 1671

An Act to Correct Errors and Inconsistencies in the Laws of Maine
Enacted with amendments:

S-344     S-369
S-360     S-370
S-361     S-371
S-362     S-372
S-363     S-373
S-364     S-374
S-365     S-375
S-366     S-376
S-367     S-377
S-368     S-378
PL 1989, c. 502 House, June 20, 1989
p. 1624-1625

Senate, June 20, 1989
p. 1641-1642

Senate, June 20, 1989
p. 1643-1644

Senate, June 20, 1989
p. 1645-1646
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1990 LD 1891

An Act to Amend the Maine Severance Pay Laws
Enacted with amendment:

S-500
PL 1989, c. 667 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
1999 LD 476

An Act to Prohibit the Negotiation of Severance Pay Lower than the State Minimum
Enacted with amendment:

S-17
PL 1999, c. 55 Senate, March 4, 1999
p. S-298-S-299

Senate, March 9, 1999
p. S-321

House, March 11, 1999
p. H-332-H-336
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2002 LD 2001

An Act to Amend the Law Regarding Severance Pay
Enacted with amendment:

H-948
PL 2001, c. 625 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2004 LD 1733

An Act To Obtain Severance Pay for the Employees of Great Northern Paper Company
Enacted with amendment:

H-815
PL 2003, c. 624 House, March 30, 2004
p. H-1473
Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.

News Clips:  Please contact a Reference Librarian.
Yes
2007 LD 392

An Act To Establish Penalties for Violation of the Severance Pay Law
Enacted with amendment:

H-391
PL 2007, c. 333 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2009 LD 1469

An Act To Ensure Fair Calculation of Severance Pay for Maine Workers
Enacted with amendment:

S-231
PL 2009, c. 305 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes
2016 LD 1389

An Act To Conform Maine Law to Federal Law Regarding Closings and Mass Layoffs and To Strengthen Employee Severance Pay Protections
Enacted with amendment:

S-409
PL 2015, c. 417 No debate. Committee File:  Please contact a Reference Librarian. Yes