Miramant bill guaranteeing wages and benefits works its way through committee

Posted: March 31, 2017 | Senator Miramant

AUGUSTA — The Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee voted out LD 86 on Thursday, a bill that would guarantee workers are paid out for earned wages and benefits when their employment ends.

The bill, “An Act to Protect Worker Wages and Benefits,” is sponsored by Sen. Dave Miramant, D-Camden.

Current Maine law provides that a worker’s unpaid wages or unused vacation time must be paid out only if the employee request by the departing employee. If the employer doesn’t comply, the employee may bring a civil action to recoup lost wages and benefits.

Miramant’s bill would require that employers pay out any wages or benefits owed to the employee automatically, removing the need for an employee request or potential legal action.

“Working people shouldn’t have to clear bureaucratic hurdles to get the pay and benefits that are owed to them,” said Sen. Miramant. “This law would guarantee all workers are given their due, and I am glad the bill is moving forward in the process.”

Miramant submitted the bill after a constituent brought the issue to his attention. The measure has earned the support of the Maine AFL-CIO and the Maine Education Association (MEA).

LD 86 will go before the full Legislature in the coming weeks.