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Recruiting: Maine

Recruiting requirements for other states

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

Author: Matthew Tarasevich, Esq., Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson


  • Maine employers have a number of resources available to them in recruiting new employees. See Methods and Sources.
  • The Maine Human Rights Act (MHRA) is broader than Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act and applies to all employers regardless of size. See Maine Human Rights Act.
  • Maine has a ban the box law that limits preemployment criminal background inquiries. See Ban the Box.
  • Employers may not print of publish a job ad that indicates a preference, specification or discrimination based on a protected category under the MHRA. See Job Advertisements.
  • Misclassification of independent contractors is receiving increasing attention, and Maine has its own enforcement mechanism for misclassifying workers. See Independent Contractors.
  • The Maine Department of Labor (DOL) sometimes imposes requirements regarding the hiring of minors different than those required under federal law. See Underage Workers.
  • Maine law permits private employers to favor veterans in hiring decisions. See Veterans' Preference.
  • Maine is among the states to ban discrimination against job applicants or employees based on their use of tobacco products outside of work. See Smokers' Rights.