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Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: Maine

Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct requirements for other states

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

Author: Kai W. McGintee, Bernstein Shur


  • Under Maine law, provisions in an employee handbook may create binding contractual obligations on the employer. See Employee Handbook as Unilateral Contract.
  • Certain types of leave must be provided to employees under Maine law, such as for jury duty or as a result of domestic violence. Such leave may be unpaid. See Other Types of Leave.
  • Maine employers must have a written policy in place to conduct workplace drug and alcohol testing. See Drug and Alcohol Testing.
  • Employers generally must have written authorization from employees to make payroll deductions under Maine law. See Wage Deductions.
  • Maine law prohibits discrimination because of an employee's sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. See Discrimination.
  • Maine's law permits the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. See Marijuana Use.