Maine Governor signs earned paid leave bill into law
Friday, June 14, 2019

Maine Governor signs earned paid leave bill into law

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

On May 28, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed into law what her office called “a groundbreaking bill” that creates a statewide earned paid leave policy requiring companies with more than 10 employees to offer earned leave. Small businesses and seasonal employees are exempt from this requirement.

The governor’s office said that the legislation, L.D. 369—“An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave” —will net paid leave for 85 percent of all Maine workers. Pointing to the National Council of State Legislatures, the governor’s office also noted that 10 states have paid sick laws. Maine’s bill, though, permits the use of paid leave for other circumstances while also requiring reasonable notice by employees.

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