Revise Laws Regarding Unemployment That Were Amended or Affected by Recently Enacted Legislation

Last updated: Jul 9, 2018

Details about this bill
Category: General Business
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Senator Amy Volk, Senate 30 - Cumberland County
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1770



UPDATE: This bill was vetoed and the House sustained the veto. The bill is dead.

UPDATE: This bill received a divided vote from the committee. It will likely die in non-concurrence.


This bill changes the laws governing how benefits paid to an eligible individual under the Employment Security Law are charged against the experience rating record of the individual's previous employers and applies these changes beginning January 1, 2020. The biennial budget also changed this law and applied the changes beginning January 1, 2018. The bill also provides that until January 1, 2020 the experience rating record of the most recent subject employer may not be charged with benefits paid to an eligible individual whose work record with that employer totaled 5 consecutive weeks or less.

This bill also provides that certain decisions made by the Commissioner of Labor are subject to review by the Department of Labor, Division of Administrative Hearings, rather than by the Maine Unemployment Insurance Commission.