paid leave

Maine Department of Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman joins us to discuss pressing topics ranging from paid time off, minimum wage, workforce shortage, equal pay, immigrant employment, and more. In her role, she oversees the state’s labor standards, employment and training, unemployment insurance, labor market information and vocational rehabilitation. Fortman brings more than 20 years of public policy and advocacy experience to the Department of Labor.

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Our panel of editorial page editors joins us to discuss the news that made headlines in May, as well as the other stories that grabbed their attention. 

AUGUSTA, Maine - A bill to provide paid time off to 139,000 newly eligible workers in Maine is awaiting a decision from the Democratic governor.

Portland's City Council Monday night narrowly defeated a requirement for city employers to provide workers paid leave. Today, the Maine Senate gave a preliminary thumbs-up to a similar measure.

We’ll discuss some of the significant legislation making its way through the legislative process, including paid leave, sports betting, budget negotiations and other bills in the news.