Employment Services Industry Licensing Guide
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Maine Employment Agency

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Licensing requirements for Maine employment, staffing and talent agencies.

This page provides an overview of employment services licensing in Maine for individuals and agencies. You will find state requirements, application fees, filing instructions, and more. For assistance with licensing, please contact us to learn about our software and managed license services.

Companies that provide employment services in Maine must apply for a license prior to doing business. Depending on the services offered, businesses may need to apply for more than one license type, and in some cases, an individual license will be required as well.

Company Licenses

Maine Employment Services Company Licenses

Maine Employee Leasing Company Registration

Agency:Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation - Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection
Law:

32 MRS § 14052

Insurance Requirements:

A copy of the workers' compensation Certificate of Liability is required.

Registered Agent (Special Agency) Required?Yes
Fact Checked:6/7/21

Initial Registration

Form:

Employee Leasing Company Registration Form

Instructions:

Registration Instructions & Information

Agency Fee:

$500

Required Attachments:
  • List of all other states in which applicant has operated in the past 5 years. Please identify any alternative names, predecessors, and, if known, successor firms to or of registrant in each state.
  • List of all natural/legal persons, or entities who possess 5% or greater ownership interest in the registrant at the time of filing this new or renewal registration form
  • List all natural/legal persons or entities and dates, other than those listed in the current ownership section, who have possessed 5% or greater ownership interest in the preceding 5 years.
  • Name and address of current Maine-licensed workers’ compensation insurer (Insurance Company)
  • A copy of your current workers’ compensation certificate of liability
  • Name and address of Maine-licensed producer (agent) handling the sale of workers’ compensation coverage for the client companies
  • Name and address of Maine licensed agency handling the sale of workers’ compensation coverage for the client companies
  • Health benefit or self-funded plan information (if applicable)
Fact Checked:6/7/21

Registration Renewal

Form:

Employee Leasing Company Registration Form (Renewal)

Instructions:

Registration Instructions & Information

Agency Fee:

$100

Due:

Annually by January 31.

Required Attachments:
  • List of all other states in which applicant has operated in the past year. Please identify any alternative names, predecessors, and, if known, successor firms to or of registrant in each state.
  • List of all natural/legal persons, or entities who possess 5% or greater ownership interest in the registrant at the time of filing this new or renewal registration form
  • List all natural/legal persons or entities and dates, other than those listed in the current ownership section, who have possessed 5% or greater ownership interest in the preceding year.
  • Name and address of current Maine-licensed workers’ compensation insurer (Insurance Company)
  • A copy of your current workers’ compensation certificate of liability
  • Name and address of Maine-licensed producer (agent) handling the sale of workers’ compensation coverage for the client companies
  • Name and address of Maine licensed agency handling the sale of workers’ compensation coverage for the client companies
  • Health benefit or self-funded plan information (if applicable)
Fact Checked:6/7/21

Companies acting as employment agencies in Maine must obtain the following licenses before offering employment services. Applications usually require proof of incorporation or a certificate of authority.

Maine Employment Agency License

Not required



Employment Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Maine.

Maine Talent Agency License

Not required



Talent Agency licensure is not required on the State level in Maine.

Employee Leasing Company - Enter into leasing contracts with other businesses that require labor. The leasing company loans its workers to the lessee while still providing specified responsibilities, such as workers compensation insurance, to the employees. This includes long term (6 months or more) temporary arrangements but often excludes temporary help arrangements. Unlike professional employer organizations, employee leasing companies are contracted when an employer needs to hire staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Employment Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment for a person.

Professional Employer Organization - PEOs take on the human resources role for businesses and act as a co-employer in the sense that the client company's workers are administratively employees of the PEO but functionally these employees are controlled by the client company. Unlike employee leasing companies, PEOs are contracted when an employer already has staff and does not want to handle human resources responsibilities.

Staffing Agency - An entity that procures temporary or part-time employment for a person who then works under the supervision of a worksite employer.

Talent Agency - An entity that, for compensation, procures or attempts to procure employment or placement for an artist. (Certain art forms are excluded)

American Staffing Association
Staffing, recruiting, and workforce solution industry advocacy group.

National Association of Personnel Services (NAPS)
Education and training oriented association for personnel services providers.

National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)
Provides advocacy efforts, information, and other services to members of the employment industry.

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