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Federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act Effective April 1

April 3, 2020

On Wednesday, April 1, the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act went into effect.  This federal Act requires some employers in Maine to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded medical leave for reasons related to COVID-19. A link to the FFCRA language can be found here: https://www.congress.gov/116/plaws/publ127/PLAW-116publ127.pdf .

The new federal requirements apply to covered employers as defined in the Act, which includes most businesses with fewer than 500 employees and almost all public employers.  The Act allows for these businesses to be reimbursed for expenses they incur to provide required paid leave through a payroll tax credit. Certain businesses with fewer than 50 employees can seek an exemption. Businesses must seek this exemption at the federal level.

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From the ED's Desk: Helping Businesses During Covid-19

March 25, 2020

A best-practice primer with a touch of kindness from Executive Director Cory King

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Covid-19: USDA Announces New Food Program For Rural School Children

March 20, 2020

 

USDA Announces Feeding Program Partnership in Response to COVID-19

Collaboration will provide nearly 1,000,000 meals to rural children

 

(Washington, D.C., March 17, 2020) – U.S. Secretary of...

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Covid-19: FAME & SBA Loans To Help Businesses and Individuals

March 20, 2020
A huge thank you to Tony Cameron and the Maine Tourism Association and Tony Cameron for this concise explanation of the loan programs.  The Chamber was going to write a similar piece, but this is so...
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Mid Coast¬–Parkview Health, MaineHealth Merger Gets Final Go Ahead

February 14, 2020

Brunswick and Portland, Maine – Representatives from Mid Coast–Parkview Health and MaineHealth received final clearance yesterday to move forward with the planned merger of the two healthcare organizations. Mid Coast–Parkview Health will join MaineHealth as a member on March 1, 2020 and will work toward full integration over the next several months as operations become unified.

 

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Midcoast Maine's Got Talent Needs You! Applications Open

February 14, 2020

Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent 2020: Call for Participants 
 
The Brunswick Rotary Club is now accepting applications for “Midcoast Maine’s Got Talent 2020!” The ninth edition of this fun and well-attended local talent show will be held on May 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crooker Theatre in Brunswick.  Deadline for applications is April 24, however, since the event is capped at twenty participating acts, interested parties are encouraged to apply immediately. 

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Maine State Chamber: HR changes your business should know about…

December 20, 2019

2020 Wage & Overtime Laws you need to know form both a federal and state perspective

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MAINE ST & BRUNSWICK LANDING STOPS PART OF REVISED BRUNSWICK EXPLORER BUS SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JULY 8th

July 2, 2019

MAINE ST & BRUNSWICK LANDING STOPS PART OF REVISED BRUNSWICK EXPLORER BUS SCHEDULE EFFECTIVE JULY 8th

Western Maine Transportation Services (WMTS), is pleased to announce a revised Brunswick Explorer...

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10 Healthy Walks You Can Do This Summer

June 19, 2019

Below is an article that ran in the Times Record on June 19, 2019.  It is written by Chamber Executive Director Cory King and highlights ten walking trails in the region for you to explore. ...

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