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Workers' Compensation: Maine

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nicole Farley, Fisher Phillips.


  • All Maine employers are required to post the Maine Workers' Compensation Poster in the workplace. Additionally, Maine employers may be required to report certain workplace incidents to the Bureau of Labor Services. See Notice and Reporting Requirements.
  • Every private employer and governmental entity is required to provide workers' compensation insurance, with few exceptions. See Covered Employers.
  • Most employees are covered by workers' compensation with some exceptions. See Covered Employees.
  • Most injuries or occupational illnesses arising out of and in the course of employment are compensable. See Compensable Injuries.
  • Employers may not be liable for some injuries incurred under specific circumstances. See Employer Defenses to Workers' Compensation Claims.
  • Employers or their insurance carriers are responsible for all reasonable and proper medical treatment. See Medical Benefits.
  • Workers' compensation pays for partial wage replacement and other benefits, in addition to paying for medical care. See Other Benefits.
  • Employers may not discriminate or retaliate in any way against an employee who has filed a workers' compensation claim. Employers may be obligated to restore returning employees to their former position. See Reinstatement Rights and Retaliation.
  • Maine law establishes a procedure by which disputed claims are resolved. See Disputed Claims Procedure.