Legislative Update

_DSC8150Time to get caught up after recent travels. The above picture was taken while hiking in Ventana Canyon above Tucson, AZ. For more pictures, read Plan B over on the Maine Forest Cafe.

So what’s the scoop, what’s really happening in Augusta?

LD 489: An Act to Ensure the Right to Work without Payment of Dues or Fees to a Labor Union as a Condition of Employment. 

This bill prohibits a person, including a public employee, an employee of the University of Maine System, the Maine Maritime Academy or the Maine Community College System and an employee of the judicial branch, from being required to join a labor organization or pay any labor organization dues or fees as a condition of employment or continuation of employment, notwithstanding any state law to the contrary. A violation is a Class D crime and is also subject to civil damages and injunctive relief. The Attorney General is responsible for enforcement and is required to prosecute all violations.

No public hearings or worksessions have been listed for this bill.

LD188: An Act to Protect Employees from Abusive Work Environments

This bill provides legal relief for employees who have been harmed psychologically, physically or economically by exposure to abusive work environments. Employees and employers who subject an employee to an abusive work environment are liable, and employers are vicariously liable for the abusive workplace conduct of their employees, in a private civil action brought by the affected employee. The legal remedies made available by this bill do not limit any other legal rights of an individual, except that workers’ compensation benefits received under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 39-A for the same injury or illness must be reimbursed from compensation that is earned through the legal remedies made available by this bill.

LCRED vote was divided – report pending.

LD 686: An Act To Promote Privacy in Social Media. 

This bill protects the social media privacy of employees and applicants for employment….FMI – Click Here

No public hearings or worksessions have been listed for this bill.  View upcoming public hearings and work sessions for Judiciary.

Today, Monday, March 30, 2015  was busy:

HP0475, LD 699An Act To Update Maine Law To Conform to New Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration Regulations
HP0476, LD 700An Act Regarding the Industry Partnership Assistance Collaborative’s Grant Program
HP0477, LD 701An Act To Modify Unemployment Insurance Successor Law
HP0478, LD 702An Act To Clarify Filing Methods for Quarterly Payroll Reports
HP0552, LD 803Resolve, To Establish the Task Force To Develop Strategies To Protect Towns
SP0300, LD 856An Act To Amend the Competitive Skills Scholarship Program To Allow for Participation in Early College and Career and Technical Education Programs
HP0613, LD 894An Act Relating to Automatic Contract Renewals
HP0660, LD 961An Act To Support Tourism Development in the City of Sanford
And Tuesday, March 31, 2015 will be Round Two on the Minimum Wage et al.  LD 739 the Resolve stands the best chance at advancing and consolidating the 8 other Minimum Wage proposals.
HP0034, LD 36An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage
HP0046, LD 52An Act To Adjust Maine’s Minimum Wage
HP0066, LD 72An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage
SP0025, LD 77An Act To Raise the Minimum Wage
HP0075, LD 92An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage to $8.00 per Hour
HP0326, LD 487An Act To Provide for an Increase in the Minimum Wage
HP0577, LD 843An Act To Raise the Minimum Wage and Index It to the National Average Wage
SP0269, LD 739Resolve, To Establish a Working Group To Evaluate the Benefits and Detriments of Increasing the Minimum Wage
HP0269, LD 403An Act To Eliminate the Exception from Minimum Wage Laws for Workers Who Receive Tips
SP0199, LD 530An Act To Improve Public Sector Collective Bargaining Laws
HP0425, LD 612An Act To Require a Large Employer To Provide a Paper Paystub upon Request from an Employee
HP0454, LD 673An Act To Help Prevent Age Discrimination

LD 739: CONCEPT DRAFT SUMMARY:  This resolve is a concept draft pursuant to Joint Rule 208. This resolve proposes to establish a working group to evaluate the benefits and detriments of increasing the minimum wage. Click Here to review the submitted testimony.

This is the LCRED work slate for the remainder of this week.

Next week – LDD 1015 looks intriguing.   “An Act To Require Large Employers To Report Compensation Information” (SP0355) (Presented by Senator PATRICK of Oxford) (Cosponsored by Representative HERBIG of Belfast, Senator ALFOND of Cumberland, Senator DILL of Penobscot, Senator DUTREMBLE of York, Representative MASTRACCIO of Sanford, Representative PETERSON of Rumford, Representative SHORT of Pittsfield, Representative DECHANT of Bath)

This bill requires employers who employ over 100 workers in the State to report annually to the Bureau of Labor Standards within the Department of Labor the total compensation of the chief executive officer of the employer and the total compensation of the full-time employee of the employer with the lowest rate of pay. The bill requires the bureau to submit an annual report including, for each employer required to report under this bill, the employers’ information and the ratio of the total compensation of the chief executive officer of the employer to the total compensation of the full-time employee of the employer with the lowest rate of pay to the Legislature and post the report on the department’s website.

As always, stay tuned to Wicked Good HR.



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