An Act To Enhance Access to the Workplace for Minors
Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §673 is enacted to read:
§ 673. Minimum wage; trainees and students
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 664, for an employee who is under 20 years of age who is a secondary student as defined in Title 20-A, section 1, subsection 33 or a trainee, the minimum hourly wage is $5.25 per hour for the first 180 days of that employee's employment.
Sec. 2. 26 MRSA §774, as amended by PL 2009, c. 211, Pt. B, §23, is further amended to read:
§ 774. Hours of employment
(1) A minor who has been excused from attendance by school officials in accordance with Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 2 or subsection 3, except that a minor who has been excused in accordance with subsection 3 may not be employed during the hours that the minor's school or approved home instruction program is in session;
(2) A student in an alternative education plan that includes a work experience component;
(3) A student in an approved vocational cooperative education program; or
(4) A student who is granted permission for an early school release by the school principal.
The hours worked by a student in an alternative education plan or in an approved vocational cooperative education program may not be included in determining the student's total hours of permitted employment under subsection 1 and subsection 2.
Sec. 3. 26 MRSA §775, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2001, c. 398, Pt. A, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 4. 26 MRSA §781, sub-§1-A, ¶B, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 46, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 5. 26 MRSA §781, sub-§1-A, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 46, §1, is amended to read:
This bill amends the laws governing employment practices in the following ways:
1. It establishes a training wage for trainees or secondary students under 20 years of age at $5.25 per hour for their first 180 days of employment;
2. It eliminates the maximum number of hours a minor 16 years of age or older can work during school days;
3. It allows a minor under 16 years of age to work up to 4 hours on a school day during hours when school is not in session;
4. It allows a home-schooled student to work during regular public school hours, but not during regularly scheduled home school hours;
5. It exempts a minor under 16 years of age who is enrolled in school from the maximum hour requirements to work in an agricultural setting as long as the minor has written permission from the minor’s parent or guardian; and
6. It allows a parent or guardian of a minor who is home schooled to sign a work permit instead of the superintendent of the school administrative unit where the home-schooled minor lives.