A law passed by the state of Maine back in March and signed by the Governor on April 7 will take effect in a couple of weeks and require the payment of accrued vacation pay upon termination. The law amends the final wages statute and requires covered employers (being those with more than ten employees) to pay an employee all “unused paid vacation accrued pursuant to the employer’s vacation policy on and after January 1, 2023” on cessation of employment. Further, it empowers the employee or the Maine Department of Labor to bring an action against an employer for non-compliance with penalties including as much as the accrued vacation, with interest and liquidated damages equal to two times the amount owed. In addition, it also contains provisions governing the treatment of accrued vacation in the event that a business is sold. The changes become effective on January 1, 2023 and apply to vacation time accrued on or after that date. Maine joins California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Montana, Nebraska and Rhode Island with a specific law governing accrued vacation payout requirements.