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Portland P.D. hires recruitment officer to combat staffing shortages


In a move that’s intended to boost its ongoing recruitment efforts, the Portland Police Department has assigned Officer Kate Phelan to be its new recruitment officer.

Bangor Savings raises its minimum wage for the third time in two years


Bangor Savings Bank has raised the minimum rate it pays employees in all positions to $15 per hour, effective Feb. 25.

New immigration policies could hit Downeast businesses hard

The Trump administration’s revocation of the federal Temporary Protected Status program, which allows migrants to stay in the United States when their home countries face violence or natural...

Feds to help employers resolve OT and wage violations without penalty


The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new pilot program, the Payroll Audit Independent Determination program, which expedites resolution of inadvertent overtime...

Portland ties for top volunteer ranking in U.S.


Portland is tied with three cities at No. 1 out of 70 in the U.S. ranked by annual volunteer hours per resident, according to the personal finance website WalletHub.

Revised labor law opens career paths for high schoolers

A revision to Maine’s Hazardous Occupations Law for Minors is attracting more students under age 18 to paid internships.

Fentanyl drives 11% increase in Maine's drug overdose deaths


Drug overdose deaths increased by 11% in 2017, driven by a sharp increase of 27% in deaths due to illegal fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances that can be even more potent.

Tips to keep employees from missing their deadlines

Jim Milliken of Jim Milliken Consulting |

Q: Two of the people on my staff routinely miss their deliverable dates, unless I remind them repeatedly. This is a waste of my time, and it's damaging to the...

WalletHub: Portland 7th best city to find a job, Lewison 62nd


Portland ranked seventh best out of 182 U.S. cities in WalletHub's study of the best places to find a job in 2018.

Coworking spaces evolving into more than just a mainstay of the 'gig economy'

Maureen Milliken |

Coworking started as an attractive working environment for the self-employed, remote workers and startups. But newer co-working spaces in the Greater Portland region are expanding their focus to...