Posts Tagged ‘Maine’

Dec
2016
20

ME Gov. Is Legitimately Telling Department of Labor Not to Enforce New Minimum Wage Law

ME Gov. Is Legitimately Telling Department of Labor Not to Enforce New Minimum Wage Law
  Back in November, Maine voters passed a referendum that would increase base wages for tipped workers to $5 per hour. Now, Republican Governor Paul LePage has ordered the state Department of Labor not to enforce the new law. Yes, actually: Maine’s new minimum wage law, which would bump the base pay for bartenders and [&hellip...
Oct
2016
4

Trump-Supporting ME Governor: “The enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color”

Trump-Supporting ME Governor:
  Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) has spent much of his tenure blaming people of color for his state’s troubles. At a town hall meeting in August, he claimed he was “collecting every single drug dealer who has been arrested in our state” and storing their pictures in a three-ring binder. “I don’t ask them [&hellip...
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Jun
2015
26

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School’s Hiring of House Speaker

ME Gov. LePage Accused of Blackmail, Interfering With Charter School's Hiring of House Speaker
  Maine’s House Speaker Mark Eves has accused Governor Paul LePage of blackmail after he lost a job offer when threats to his future employer were made by the administration.  Eves, who is employed in the private sector as a family therapist, was offered the position of President of the Good Will-Hinckley School, a partially [&hellip...
Apr
2015
29

Maine Bill Would Tie Big Business Tax Credits to (Prevailing) Wage Standards

Maine Bill Would Tie Big Business Tax Credits to (Prevailing) Wage Standards
A bill proposed by Maine State Sen. Chris Johnson would ensure that companies receiving tax breaks create decent paying jobs and are held accountable for their actions.  Maine LD 1287 was written following the Great Northern Paper Mill debacle, wherein the company received $16 million in tax credits and then closed its doors without repercussion....
Mar
2014
6

Le Bully: DOL Says Maine Gov Pressured Unemployment Officials Into Siding with Businesses

Le Bully: DOL Says Maine Gov Pressured Unemployment Officials Into Siding with Businesses
  A federal review from the Department of Labor (DOL) shows that Maine Gov. Paul LePage endangered the fair-hearings process last year when he summoned unemployment hearing officers to a mandatory lunch at the Governor’s residence. At the lunch, LePage pressured them to begin ruling in favor of businesses.   The review also found that...
Jun
2013
24

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Delete ‘Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn’t Like

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Delete 'Em: Maine Gov Blacklisting Three Newspapers He Doesn't Like
  Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s administration will not comment on stories published by three Maine newspapers he claims oppose his administration. This is news about not making news. The three outcast publications are the Portland Press Herald, the Kennebec Journal and the Morning Sentinel.  All three are owned by parent company Maine...
Jun
2013
6

Misclassified Worker’s 15-Foot Fall Turns Into Groton Construction’s “$500,000 Mistake”

Misclassified Worker's 15-Foot Fall Turns Into Groton Construction's
  The Maine legal blog Maine at Work recently provided an example of how costly purposefully misclassifying employees can be. The case comes from Lincoln County Superior Court where Skip White found out he was not eligible for worker’s compensation after a horrendous work-related fall. Lawyer Jeff White explains what he calls Groton...