Maine Government Contractors: What you need to know

The Maine Code of Fair Practices and Affirmative Action prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, or physical or mental handicap by an employer that contracts with the state or any state agency. The contractor must include a provision to this effect in all contracts and subcontracts. The law also requires contractors to include a provision in all solicitations or advertisements for employees stating that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religious creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, or physical or mental handicap.
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The contractor must send a notice to this effect to each labor union or representative of the workers with which he has a collective or bargaining agreement or other agreement, and must also post copies of the notice in conspicuous places available to employees and to applicants for employment.
In addition, contractors and subcontractors with contracts in excess of $50,000 must pursue in good faith affirmative action programs (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 5 Sec. 784(2)).
For information about opportunities to contract with the state, contact the state Department of Administrative and Financial Services atwww.maine.gov.

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