UI Stakeholder Group Pursuant to Public Law 2021 Chapter 456

An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Unemployment Compensation (PDF)

During the First Regular Session of the 130th Legislature, Public Law 2021 Ch. 456, “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing Unemployment Compensation,” was passed to become law. As part of that law, the Department of Labor was tasked with bringing together a group of stakeholders to look at the following topics for discussion:
  1. How to connect employers with the unemployed post-pandemic.
  2. What changes are being made or could be made to the work share program.
  3. Review effectiveness of Title 26 Sec. 1044.
  4. Streamline and facilitate application for UI benefits that will increase access for unemployed workers.
  5. Creation of an employer liaison program and how that may be utilized.
  6. Changes to the RESEA program to increase participation.
  7. Review UI technology system to identify potential enhancements to improve access and streamline processes for claimants and businesses.
Materials Shared

UI Working Group - Issues proposed Discussion Points (PowerPoint) (PDF)

September 2021 - Program Orientation (PowerPoint) (PDF)

Next Meetings

  • October 20th meeting items to discuss (October 20th 2-4 pm):
    • How to connect employers with the unemployed post-pandemic
    • What changes are being made or could be made to the work share program
    • Review effectiveness of Title 26 Sec. 1044
    • Changes to the RESEA program to increase participation
  • November 17th meeting items to discuss (November 17th 2-4 pm):
    • Streamline and facilitate application for UI benefits that will increase access for unemployed workers
    • Creation of an employer liaison program and how that may be utilized
    • Review UI technology system to identify potential enhancements to improve access and streamline processes for claimants and businesses

Meetings will be livestreamed to YouTube (www.youtube.com/MaineDOL)



Comment Submission

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Topic from List Above (Select one)

1. How to connect employers with the unemployed post-pandemic.
2. What changes are being made or could be made to the work share program.
3. Review effectiveness of Title 26 Sec. 1044.
4. Streamline and facilitate application for UI benefits that will increase access for unemployed workers.
5. Creation of an employer liaison program and how that may be utilized.
6. Changes to the RESEA program to increase participation.
7. Review UI technology system to identify potential enhancements to improve access and streamline processes for claimants and businesses.

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