The Maine Workers’ Compensation Board fined Carroll Conley Jr., executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, $100 for failing to have approved workers’ compensation coverage during a two-month period in 2010.

In a consent order to which Conley agreed, dated Dec. 22, 2010, the board found Conley failed to obtain or maintain approved workers’ compensation coverage on one or more employees from May 4 through July 7, 2010.

Conley was not hired as interim executive director of the Civic League until July 19, 2010, so the period of the offense occurred before he was employed by the league.

But Conley said, “I agreed to the order because they had to get a check from someone. As executive director, that’s my job.”

Michael Hein, former administrator of the league, maintains the league failed to maintain workers’ compensation coverage for former writer-editor Fritz Spencer for a period of about 18 months in 2009 and 2010.

Hein claims Spencer was treated like a regular employee with his own office, a computer, a dedicated phone line, regular work hours and reimbursable expenses. He was paid $800 a month on a quarterly basis, Hein said, and he was allowed to live in two rooms at league headquarters for $1 a month.

Hein tipped off the workers’ compensation board’s Employee Misclassification Task Force to the lack of coverage for Spencer on July 25, 2010.

Hein was fired Aug. 11 and Spencer’s job was terminated. Hein maintains he was fired in violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

Conley and Pastor Albert “Sandy” Williams II of Freeport, chairman of the league’s board of directors, both deny that Hein was fired in retaliation for anything.

While the board’s Dec. 22 order does not mention Spencer by name, Hein said, “That’s the only person it could pertain to.”

“It’s somewhat less than a slap on the wrist,” Hein said of the $100 fine. “But I see it as a vindication because the original tip was upheld.”

By executive order, Gov. Paul LePage disbanded the workers’ compensation board’s Employee Misclassification Task Force to which Hein reported his tip. LePage plans to submit legislation for a different way of handling employee misclassification, according to his press secretary, Adrienne Bennett.