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Feds Fault LePage Over Meeting with Labor Officers
02/27/2014 12:00 PM ET  

A letter to the state by the federal Department of Labor on Thursday also noted other problems with the hearing process.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Federal investigators say unemployment hearing officers in Maine could've felt pressured to favor employers after being scolded at the Blaine House by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

A letter to the state by the federal Department of Labor on Thursday also noted other problems with the hearing process.

LePage previously denied trying to influence anyone, saying the meeting last March was aimed at ensuring that officers followed ``the letter of the law.''

A state panel that examined the process for resolving unemployment claim disputes concluded in December that there was no evidence that hearing officers were biased.

The federal investigation agreed that there was no conclusive evidence of biased rulings but federal officials will continue to review future rulings.

The new findings were first reported by the Sun Journal.


 

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