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Employee Performance Issues and Why You Need Watertight Documentation

(from the KMA HR Support Center)

The importance of documenting performance problems as they occur cannot be overstated. Although this requires meeting with the employee and discussing the issue, which will almost certainly be uncomfortable, it’s your best defense to a wrongful termination claim should the employee feel litigious after …read more…

Reminder: Medicare Part D Notices Due Before October 15

It’s time to send your annual Medicare Part D notice if you have not already done so. Annually, health plan sponsors that offer prescription drug coverage must notify Medicare eligible individuals whether or not their prescription drug plan is creditable or non-creditable.

This notice provides information to individuals when …read more…

The DOL’s Guidelines on Breaks

(from the KMA HR Support Center)

The Department of Labor considers any break under 20 minutes to be for the benefit of the employer, and therefore those breaks must be paid. However, unauthorized extensions of authorized breaks do not need to be counted as hours worked if the employer has …read more…

Child Labor and Overtime Rule Updates

KMA wants you to be aware of two updates on the compliance front: one for Maine employers that utilize child labor, and a second related to the Federal exempt employee overtime rule.

Maine Child Labor Law Changes

The state has adopted the following changes, that went into effect August …read more…