City of Portland Minimum Wage Increase, Effective July 1, 2019

by Leora Kirk, KMA Consultant

Beginning July 1, 2019, the minimum wage in Portland, Maine, will increase to $11.11 per hour which exceeds the state of Maine minimum wage of $11.00 per hour. The direct wage owed to tipped workers must be at least $5.50 per hour.

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Maine Limits Salary History Inquiries

Maine joins Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont in limiting inquiries into salary history of candidates for employment. Governor Janet Mills signed An Act Regarding Pay Equality on April 12, 2019 which will become effective in September.

Requirements regarding equal pay have been part of Maine law since 1965. Under this …read more…

It’s Back! New Overtime Rule to Increase Minimum Exempt Salary

Remember a few years ago when we had a new overtime rule that was halted at the 11th hour? Get ready for round two, only this time at a lower salary rate.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) and this new proposal …read more…

Pay Equity: Trends and Compliance

Equal pay laws on both the federal and state level have been around for some time, starting with the Federal Equal Pay Act of 1963.

In the past few years, we have seen a renewed focus on this area to close the pay gap on the basis of gender or …read more…