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Unemployment Insurance: Maine

Unemployment Insurance requirements for other states

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

Author: Steven R. Gerlach, Bernstein Shur Sawyer & Nelson


  • Maine unemployment insurance is provided under the Maine Employment Security Law and is administered by the Maine Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. Most Maine employers are subject to the Employment Security Law. See Maine Unemployment Insurance.
  • Certain types of employment are exempt from Maine's unemployment insurance coverage. See Exemptions.
  • Unemployment benefits are capped at 26 weeks, but extended benefits may last up to an additional 20 weeks. See Benefits.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits and, in some instances, may be disqualified from eligibility. See Eligibility.
  • Maine has a three-tiered appeal process for employers who disagree with an approved claim. See Filing Claims.
  • Maine employers must comply with recordkeeping, notice and posting requirements. See Reporting and Recordkeeping Requirements; Notice and Posting Requirements.
  • Maine offers the WorkShare Program, a voluntary program to help employers retain a group of employees who would otherwise have been laid off. See WorkShare Program.