Participate in our Employee Benefits Survey, and you’ll receive the full report free! Start the survey here.

April 1, 2024


It’s hard to believe that we’ve already entered the second quarter of 2024. At KMA, we have a lot going on this month that I’m excited to tell you about. But first, let’s talk about the upcoming eclipse.

Next Monday, April 8th the total solar eclipse will cross North America, and the path of totality will pass over more major cities than the last eclipse in 2017, including Austin, Dallas, Little Rock, Indianapolis, Buffalo, Toronto and Montreal. It will exit North America off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada, at 5:16 p.m.

Weather permitting, in Caribou, Maine, totality begins at 3:32 p.m. and ends at 3:34 p.m.

Check out Nasa’s Total Eclipse Where and When guide here. And for information on how to safely view the eclipse with appropriate eye protection, and to learn how to make a DIY eclipse projector out of materials you likely have at home, check out this resource.

Let’s hope for a clear day on April 8th so that we can fully (and safely) experience this rare phenomenon. The next total solar eclipse won’t be seen from the U.S. for another 20 years!

Please participate in our bi-annual Employee Benefits Survey

Every two years, the KMA Compensation team develops an extensive employee benefits survey to gather data from New England-based businesses. We utilize the results to help our clients determine how their benefits offerings compare to the market, and glean critical insights into what businesses of various sizes, locations and industries are offering to attract and retain talent.

Once the responses are collected, our data compilation and analysis phase begins, distilling trends and correlations. The end result is a professionally-designed 30+ page report that presents the data sets in an accessible way, highlights key insights, and integrates charts and graphs to visually communicate the results. This year, survey participants will receive the full 2024 Employee Benefits Report for free!

In addition, we are pleased to announce that our partners at Acadia Benefits and Lebel & Harriman are sponsoring this year’s survey. A huge thank you to both organizations for supporting us in this major undertaking.

The survey is now live through the end of April, and will guide you through a series of questions about benefits, perks, work arrangements and more. It should take about 35 minutes to complete.

Start the survey here >>

Thank you in advance to all participants; we look forward to sharing the comprehensive, professionally-designed PDF report with you this fall.

KMA’s Cindy Letourneau will join Fran DeLuca, employment law attorney at Epstein Becker Green, to elevate your understanding of leave laws and ensure a more compliant, supportive workplace. Please join us!

Register here.

Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum on May 1st

Next month, I’ll be joining the panel at the Mainebiz Women’s Leadership Forum on May 1st at Hannaford Hall in Portland. Fellow panelists include Sara Belliveau, CEO, BerryDunn; Jenn Lever, President, Baxter Brewing; Marcia Minter, Founder, Indigo Arts; and Lindsay Skilling, CEO, Giffords Ice Cream; and moderated by Elizabeth Ross Holstrom. I can’t wait to dig into the conversation with these smart, talented and inspiring women!

Learn more and register here.

A warm welcome to Mia Dow, who has recently joined our recruiting team.

Meet Mia

Join the KMA Team!

We are currently recruiting for two Human Resources Consultants, one based in Southern Maine, and the other based in the Augusta/Waterville area. If you (or someone you know) might be interested in one of these opportunities to join our dynamic team, you can learn more and apply through this link.

Two Articles Worth a Read

Leading Through Pressure: Considerations for Managing Workplace Stress

Navigating AI: A Guide for HR Professionals

This month, all of us at KMA are wishing peace and blessings to our friends celebrating Passover and the end of Ramadan (Eid-al-Fitr).


Finally, in honor of National Pet Day on April 11th, we’ll leave you with some cameos of the pets of KMA. Enjoy!

“Perhaps the greatest gift an animal has to offer is a permanent reminder of who we really are.” ― Nick Trout