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New law calls for more advance notice of major layoffs

May 27, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A newly signed Maine law calls for more advance notice of major layoffs or relocations.

The Democrat-sponsored legislation only applies to such businesses that employ at least 100 people.

Industrial or commercial facilities that plan to close or relocate would face a $500 daily fine for failing to notify employees and state and local officials. That’s up from a $500 maximum fine.

The bill would also require such facilities to make such notifications 90 days before the proposed closure or relocation. That’s up from 60 days.

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills this month signed the legislation, which goes into effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

The bill originally was targeted at requiring advance notice of call center closures.

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