On April 22, 2019, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed legislation (H.P. 229) to protect job applicants from identity theft. Beginning January 1, 2020, an employer may not request a Social Security number from a prospective employee on an employment application or during the application process except for substance abuse testing or a preemployment background check. However, this prohibition does not apply to an employer’s request for a Social Security number after the employee has been hired.
The law is effective September 18, 2019.
Read ME H.P. 299