New "Back to Work" Program

On June 14, Governor Mills announced the new "Back to Work" Program, which will provide employers a one-time $1,500 payment for eligible workers who start jobs between June 15 and June 30 or a $1,000 payment for eligible workers who start jobs in July to encourage unemployed Maine people to return to the workforce.

To be eligible, people must:

  • Have received unemployment compensation for the week ending May 29, 2021;
  • Accept a full-time job that pays less than $25 per hour and remain in the job for a period of at least eight consecutive weeks;
  • Not receive unemployment compensation during the eight week period of employment.

Once requirements are met, the employer will provide documentation and grant funds will be issued to the employer to be given to the employee. More information.

ReEmployME will undergo maintenance on Thursday, 06/17/2021

ReEmployME will undergo maintenance beginning on Thursday, 06/17/2021 for approximately 7 hours, 7:30 pm EDT to 2:30 am EDT on Friday, 06/18/2021. ReEmployME online accounts, filing and the automated phone filing system will be unavailable during this time. Please plan accordingly.

You can work part-time and still receive partial unemployment benefits

You can work part-time and still receive partial unemployment benefit. It is possible to accept temporary part-time work without losing all unemployment benefits.

For more information, please visit the Partial Unemployment Benefits web page

Beginning May 23, 2021, traditional work search requirements are being reinstated.

Beginning May 23, 2021, traditional work search requirements are being reinstated. Work search requirements had been temporarily relaxed because of the pandemic to include job-related education or skills development, and networking. People receiving unemployment will be required to actively look for work and to accept positions for which they are reasonably qualified.

Some Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Claimants will Need to Provide Proof of ID and All Will Need to Provide Proof of Employment

The federal Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 requires that the Maine Department of Labor verify the identity of all new PUA applicants before the claim is processed. It is also a federal requirement that PUA recipients provide proof of employment.

For more information, please visit the PUA ID and Employment Verification web page.

New Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation Program (MEUC)

The Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program was enacted by the Continued Assistance for Unemployed Workers Act of 2020 and provides a $100 supplemental benefit to certain individuals who had both employment and self-employment prior to becoming unemployed during the pandemic. The program is payable for weeks ending January 2, 2021, through September 4, 2021.

MEUC web page: https://www.maine.gov/unemployment/meuc/

If You Filed Your Claim a Year Ago - New Benefit Year

COVID-19 has created the need for extended unemployment, and there are now a number of people who are coming to the end of their benefit year.

If you filed your unemployment claim a year ago, your benefit year may be expiring soon. A benefit year is the 52-week period following the date you filed your initial claim. For example, if you filed your claim in March 2020, your benefit year would end in March 2021 and a new one would need to be established if you are still eligible to collect benefits. The Department will need to review your claim to determine whether you qualify for regular unemployment benefits on this new benefit year, especially if you are currently collecting on one of the federal programs.

What do you need to know?

Federal and state law requires the Department to determine whether you are eligible for regular state unemployment benefits on a new benefit year. For some, a new benefit year will be automatically established. Others will receive a system prompt to file a new benefit if the prior one has expired. If you are receiving benefits through PUA or PEUC, the system will in most cases complete the eligibility review automatically. If you do not qualify for state unemployment, you will receive a denial letter for state unemployment benefits on the new benefit year and continue to receive benefits through the federal program until you have exhausted them or the program ends.

If you worked since you filed your claim last year, have out of state wages, Federal Civilian wages, Military wages, or have been on Workshare within the past year, your claim may require additional review to determine eligibility.

What are the next steps?

If the system prompts you to file a new benefit year, from your account, please navigate to "Unemployment Claim" and File Unemployment Claim to complete this process. We recommend you do so as soon as you receive the notification to avoid missing out on eligible claim weeks.

Make sure you continue to file your weekly claims for benefits, even if an eligibility review is pending. If otherwise eligible we will process all eligible pending weeks for payment once the review is completed.


Unemployment Insurance


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