From the State of Maine:
Regarding unemployment, the Governor has proposed new legislation that would enhance the flexibility of the Unemployment Insurance program to address issues that arise during a public health emergency. We expect that the bill will be taken up by the Legislature on Tuesday, March 17. Once final action on the new bill is taken, the Department will post information about the adjustments to the program as well as answers to common questions.
For the time being, the Department advises all individuals who are out of work either partially or totally to visit to file a claim. The Department will update this page once the legislation is enacted. Please check back to the site above.
Background on the Governor’s proposed unemployment insurance bill:
It would temporarily revise eligibility requirements to include situations not typically covered unemployment insurance, such as:
  • An employer temporarily ceases operation due to COVID-19
  • An individual is quarantined with the expectation of returning to work once the quarantine is over
  • An individual leaves employment due to the risk of exposure or infection or to care for a family member
Please note, the proposed legislation is not intended to provide sick leave or short-term disability payments.
The bill would also waive the work search requirement for individuals still connected to their employer and would waive the one-week waiting period so that benefits will be available sooner.
In addition, any benefits paid under these provisions would not affect the employer’s experience rating record. These measures will help relieve the burden of temporary layoffs, isolation, and medically-necessary quarantine on Maine workers and small businesses.