An Act To Prevent Wage Theft and Promote Employer Accountability
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §637 is enacted to read:
§ 637. Wage theft remedies
The commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall provide the employer with notice and an opportunity to be heard 3 business days before the effective date of an order issued pursuant to this subsection. The issuance of a cease operations order constitutes final agency action. The commissioner or the commissioner's designee shall issue the cease operations order as narrowly as is determined necessary. Any person who is aggrieved by the imposition of a cease operations order has 10 days from the date of its service to make a request to the commissioner or the commissioner's designee for a hearing. The hearing must be held within 7 business days of the request. The hearing officer shall issue a decision within 5 business days of the hearing.
If an employer refuses to obey an order to cease operations, that order may be enforced in Superior Court.