Gov. Janet Mills signed a bill that will allow workers to take paid leave for any reason, making Maine the first state in the nation to allow it.
The bill (L.D. 369) will provide 85 percent of the state’s private sector employees with 40 hours of paid leave each year, which they could use for any purpose.
Mills (D) signed the bill into law at a May 28 ceremony in Augusta. The law will take effect Jan. 1, 2021, according to the bill.
“An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave” requires employers with 10 or more employees, except seasonal employers,...