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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


  • Most Maine employers are subject to the Employment Security Law. See Employer Coverage.
  • Claimants must meet certain requirements in order to be eligible for unemployment benefits. See Employee Eligibility.
  • Under certain circumstances, workers may not qualify for unemployment benefits. See Disqualification From Benefits.
  • Unemployment benefits are capped at 26 weeks, but may be extended. See Benefits.
  • Maine has a three-tiered appeal process for employers who disagree with an approved claim. See Filing Claims.
  • Maine employers must comply with notice, posting and recordkeeping requirements. See Notice and Posting Requirements; Recordkeeping 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.