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Colorado-based software company to create paid licensing portal in Maine for .7 million • Maine Morning Star

Colorado-based software company to create paid licensing portal in Maine for $19.7 million • Maine Morning Star

Colorado-based software company to create paid licensing portal in Maine for .7 million • Maine Morning Star

The Maine Department of Labor is partnering with a Colorado-based software company to create an online contribution portal for the state. Paid Family and Medical Leave Program.

After receiving five proposals, the state selected FAST Enterprises, LLC to create an online portal that allows employers to register their businesses for the benefits program, file quarterly wage reports, pay contributions and request a private plan replacement. Self-employed workers and tribal governments will also be able to use the system to opt into paid leave coverage.

According records According to the Department of Financial and Administrative Services, the proposed cost for the project is $19.7 million. Of the five bids the state received from different vendors, proposed costs ranged from $17.7 million to $21.1 million, with FAST Enterprises right in the middle.

“The Department hopes that this partnership will create a single, intuitive, efficient and user-focused service system for Maine employers to interact with the Maine Paid Family and Medical Leave Program,” said Luke Monahan, director of the Maine Paid Family and Medical Leave Program, in a news release issued Wednesday.

This is not the first time FAST Enterprises has worked with the state or created this type of software. It previously worked with the Maine Revenue Service to create the Maine Tax Portal and developed the system of collecting contributions for the Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave.

What is paid family and medical leave in Maine?

Paid family and medical leave allows eligible public and private sector workers to take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for reasons such as illness, to care for a loved one, or the birth of a new child.

Under the law, workers must earn at least six times the state average weekly wage in the 12 months before their benefits begin. Starting July 1, Maine Average Weekly Wage It was $1,144.

Employers will be responsible for sending contributions to the state on behalf of employees. Those payments will begin in January 2025 to allow time for funds to accumulate to cover administrative costs and benefit payments once they become available in May 2026.

Earlier this year, the Department of Labor drafted rules that refine the details and help plan the implementation of the new benefits program. They clarify definitions, exemptions and other parameters for how and when the program applies.

Maine residents have until July 8 to… Share your comments about the draft rules with the Department of Labor via mail or an online form.