State Regulations: Maine

Date Revised: 04/27/2014

Governing Body:   Me. Dept. of Health and Human Services | Division of Environmental Health
License Required:   Yes
License Information:   Maine State Agency Rules: Chapter 208 - Rules Relating to Boys, Girls, Boys and Girls, Day Camps and Primitive and Trip Camping (Word doc.)
Criminal Background Checks Required:   No
Criminal Background Checks Information:  

Department of Public Safety - Maine State Police
42 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 624-7240

$31.00 per check
$21.00 for InforME subscribers in state of ME

State Allows FBI Checks:   No
Driving Record Checks:   Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles website

$7 for 3 year record
$12 for 10 year record

State Sex Offender Registry:   Maine Sex Offender Registry
Minimum Wage:   $7.50 per hour
Coverage and Exemptions:   Covers all nonexempt employees, including nursing home and hospital employees and public employees (except elected or appointed officials and firefighters); Exemptions: Employees who are counselors, junior counselors or counselors-in-training at camps licensed under Title 22, Sec. 2495 and employees under 18, who are employed at organized camps and similar seasonal recreation programs not requiring such license if they are operated by a non profit organization.
Subminimum Wage:   Less than state minimum wage permitted for learners, apprentices, and handicapped workers for a limited time period with a special certificate from Director of Labor.
Minimum Wage Source:   Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 26, §663§664(1-2)§666§667
Overtime Pay Requirements:   1½ times regular rate after 40-hour week. Employers may not require employees to work more than 80 overtime hours over 14 consecutive days (i.e., no more than 160 hours in a 2-week period), except emergency response workers, salaried executives, seasonal employees, and medical interns and residents or other workers; nurses may not be disciplined for refusing to work more than 12 consecutive hours (excluding certain public emergencies).
Exemptions:   Those employees exempt from the state minimum wage; public employees, except those employed by the executive or judiciary branches of the state
Meal/Rest Period Requirments:   30-minute meal or rest period after each 6 hour shift. Exceptions: collective bargaining agreement providing otherwise; emergencies where there is danger to property, life, public safety, or health; businesses where fewer than 3 employees are on duty at one time and the nature of the work allows employees frequent breaks during the work day.

Student Exemption from Unemployment Tax?


Situational. A full time student’s wages are exempt if the student worked less than 13 calendar weeks in the calendar year, and if the camp did not operate more than 7 months in this calendar year and the preceding year.  In addition, if a camp has a 501C3 letter from the Internal Revenue Service, they would be exempt from unemployment tax in Maine, unless the camp has employed 4 or more employees for any part of a week for 20 weeks in a calendar year at the same time. In other words, all 4 employees work part of the same day in the same week (i.e. all work some part of Tuesday). The state would need a copy of the 501CS letter either mailed or faxed to them. The fax number is 207-287-3733.

For more information, call 207-621-5120, choose option 3, then 1.

Other Wages Source:  

Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 26 §601

Code of Maine Rules, Department of Labor, 12, 170 Bureau of Labor Standards, Ch. 14

Additional Info:   None
* Federal minimum wage rate applies