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Politics & Co.: OSHA fines to skyrocket under new U.S. Department of Labor rule

James McCarthy |

A new U.S. Department of Labor rule that took effect on Aug. 1 imposes dramatically higher penalties upon employers cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workplace...

Cross Financial appoints new treasurer, vice president

Staff |

The New England-based independent insurance provider Cross Insurance said it has hired Christopher Hersey as vice president and treasurer of its subsidiary, Cross Financial Corp.

EMHS laying off 35 employees

As part of its effort to reduce operating costs in its information systems department, Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems will be laying off 35 employees within the department at the end of August.

Mercy Hospital offers early retirement buyouts

As part of an effort to cut expenses as it plans to consolidate operations at its Portland-based Fore River location, Mercy Hospital has offered early retirement buyouts to 99 employees.

New chair of Maine Insurance Association a familiar face

Staff |

Michelle Ibarguen, the Augusta branch manager and president of the independent insurance provider Cross Insurance, has been appointed chairwoman for the board of the Maine Insurance Association.

Women in business: Wherefore the gender question?

Lori Valigra |

During a recent interview with Deanna Sherman, president and CEO of Dead River Co., the inevitable question of gender in the executive suite came up. Inevitable, I say, because gender disparities in...

The ripple effect of Jackson Lab's base-pay boost

The increase of minimum wage at Jackson Laboratory is getting praise from some politicians and educators in the state, with its rolling-out and effect on the community at large adding more talking...

Fed funds awarded for telemedicine and rural broadband access

Staff |

Maine continues to get significant funding boosts from the federal government as four school districts and MaineHealth, a rural health care provider, have been awarded a total of $1,644,596 through...

Nurse walkout looms at Aroostook Medical Center

The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle is facing a two-day strike from 200 unionized nurses if the medical center doesn't add nursing staff, a goal that they've sought for at least five years...

How To: Turn new federal overtime rules into a competitive advantage

Art Boulay |

The new federal overtime rules will more than double the threshold for employers to avoid paying overtime when salaried employees work over 40 hours — moving from $23,660 per year to $47,476...