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Maine’s minimum wage to go up to $11 an hour on Jan. 1

Staff |

Maine’s minimum wage will go up from $10 an hour to $11 a hour on Jan. 1, as yearly increases approved by voters in 2016 continue.

Groups announce initiative to combat childhood poverty

Staff |

A collaboration of groups, including Maine Equal Justice, the Maine Community Foundation and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, have launched an initiative to reduce childhood poverty in the state.

Maine State Chamber launches work-based learning programs with $95K grant

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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation selected the Maine State Chamber of Commerce to participate in its Career Readiness Lab, and receive $95,000 to implement a work-based learning program to...

Addressing workforce challenge 'No. 1 priority' for Maine nonprofits

Renee Cordes |

Jennifer Hutchins, executive director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, today called on the state's nonprofit organizations to address the workforce challenge as a matter of urgency.

What do millennials want? How a younger generation is influencing the workplace

Laurie Schreiber |

In researching job opportunities, millennials are seeking firms that offer flexible scheduling and workplace options, a focus on work-life balance, plus interesting challenges, career advancement...

Focusing on the three P's is the best way to improve customer outcomes and profit

Steve Musica, Lean East |

Q: Where should I spend my time and money to improve customer outcomes and profit?

North, south, east and west: Businesses continue to struggle to find workers

Peter Van Allen |

A topic that has dominated business talk in the past year has been companies' challenges in finding qualified workers.

Businesses partner with community colleges to meet workforce shortage head-on

Maureen Milliken |

Dead River Co., Central Maine Power and Appalachian Mountain Club are among the Maine employers that are partnering with the Maine Community College System to develop short-term training programs in...

Hiring pressures push companies to unprecedented lengths to find workers

William Hall |

With unemployment remaining below 4%, Maine employers are facing an ever greater scarcity of job-seekers. Around the state, employers are stepping up their hiring efforts, offering signing bonuses, a...

Able to work: Disability is not a handicap at some Maine employers

Renee Cordes |

From 2012-16, fewer than a third of working-age Mainers with a disability were employed, compared to 80% employment for others, according to the Maine Department of Labor. But a number of Maine...