Maine has enacted legislation (Legislative Document 1986) that clarifies a recent law that generally prohibits employers from seeking social security numbers from prospective employees on employment applications.
Legislative Document 1986 takes effect 90 days following the adjournment of the state legislature. Adjournment is tentatively scheduled for April 15, 2020, but the date could change.
Effective January 1, 2020, Maine law prohibits employers from asking applicants for their social security number on a job application or during the application process, unless it is for the purposes of drug testing or a pre-employment background check.
Legislative Document 1986:
Legislative Document 1986 clarifies that the rule prohibiting employers from asking for a social security number on a job application or during the application process doesn't apply if the request is required by federal law.
Maine employers should review application forms and hiring procedures to ensure compliance with Section 598A, as amended. Please contact your dedicated service professional with any questions.