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Here's how Maine's new minimum wage levels will impact OT pay

James McCarthy |

Maine's Department of Labor is alerting Maine employers that the minimum wage increase approved by Maine voters in the Nov. 8 election will have an impact on the salary threshold for determining...

Aging Mainers aren’t alone in working longer

Maine’s aging workforce can be viewed a selling point or a drawback, depending on the perspective.

Topsham firm joins Maine's growing ESOP movement

Morningstar Stone and Tile, a stone counter-top fabricator located in Topsham, announced Monday that it has established an employee stock ownership plan and is now 30% owned by its employees.

Portland: New office seeks to connect immigrants with employers

The City of Portland is considering opening a new office aimed at helping immigrants, minorities and other economically hard-pressed residents connect with businesses and service providers.

Wright-Ryan adds ESOP to its recruitment toolbox

Laurie Schreiber |

Add Wright-Ryan Construction Inc. to the list of companies that have converted to an Employee Stock Option Plan. The ESOP was finalized on Oct. 1 and gives both the roughly 75 employees and the...

Banks, wealth management firms gear up for new fiduciary rule

James McCarthy |

Maine banks, wealth management firms and other financial advisors who work with retirement plans or provide retirement planning advice are gearing up to meet a new fiduciary rule from the Department...

Federal judge puts brakes on new OT rules slated to take effect Dec. 1

James McCarthy |

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Labor's new overtime regulations from taking effect nationwide on Dec. 1 as originally scheduled.

Legal marijuana creates havoc with workplace drug testing

Marijuana is newly legal at some level in 28 states, including Maine, but remains illegal on a federal level. Companies are grappling with how to balance the new law.

The race is on to attract seasonal holiday workers

The holiday shopping season is upon us and retailers are offering more flexible schedules, better benefits and higher pay to attract seasonal workers.

Yarmouth school district weighs outsourcing custodians, bus drivers

Yarmouth School Department officials say that they’ve been considering outsourcing the district’s bus drivers and custodians as part of a larger strategic plan to curb costs.