PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) – The Mills administration recently announced The Back to Work program, which will offer employers a one-time payment of $ 1,500 for eligible workers who start employment between June 15 and June 30 or a payment of $ 1,000 for eligible workers who start jobs in July. But has this incentive lowered unemployment rates? Megan Cole has spoken with the commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor and has more.
“Between May and June, we saw a drop of around 10%.
Unemployment rates are falling, according to Laura Fortman, commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor. Recently, the Factory Administration unveiled the Return to Work Program, which will offer employers a one-time payment of $ 1,500 for eligible workers who start their employment between June 15 and June 30 or a payment of $ 1,000. for eligible workers who start their employment in July. Fortman says employers must apply for the return to work program in order for employees to receive the incentive. She says industries are very interested.
“All the industry associations have been promoting it to their, so the chamber of commerce, the NFIB, the retail association, the hospitality association have all raised awareness among their members and I think the programs n ‘were only in place for a little under two weeks, so I think people are starting to find out about the program and how to participate.
Commissioner Fortman says there are requirements for a new employee to receive the incentives. People will have to earn $ 25 an hour or less, be on UI since May 29, and work at the shift for 8 weeks from their start date. Fortman says it’s still a little early to say if the program will work.
“We will not be able to say how many weeks before the 8 week expiration, as you are not actually eligible for the bonus until this last 8 week and we will need confirmation from the employers.”
If you are interested in applying, visit maine.gov/covid19/backtoworkgrants.
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