Employment and Labor Laws

Maine

Maine Leave Laws


Vacation Leave

In Maine, employers with more than ten (10) employees may be required to pay employees for earned paid leave. ME Statute 26:637 For more information, visit Maine’s Department of Labor pages discussing earned paid leave.

Employers not covered by Maine’s earned paid leave requirements are not required to provide employees with vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. ME Statute 26:637; ME Dept. of Labor – Earned Paid Leave. If an employer who is not covered by Maine’s earned paid leave chooses to provide such benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract. See Rowell v. Jones & Vining, Inc., 524 A.2d 1208 (1987). The following standards may also apply for employees not covered by Maine’s earned paid leave laws:


Sick Leave

Maine law does not have a separate law that requires employers to provide employees with sick leave benefits, either paid or unpaid. However, employers who are required to provide earned paid leave under Maine’s earned paid leave law may be required to allow employee to take sick leave under that law. ME Statute 26:637; ME Dept. of Labor – Earned Paid Leave. An employer in Maine may be required to provide an employee unpaid sick leave in accordance with Maine’s Family and Medical Leave Requirements and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act or other federal laws.


Holiday Leave

Maine law does not have a law that requires private employers to provide employees with either paid or unpaid holiday leave. Maine Dept. of Labor FAQs In Maine, a private employer can require an employee to work holidays. A private employer does not have to pay an employee premium pay, such as 1½ times the regular rate, for working on holidays, unless such time worked qualifies the employee for overtime under standard overtime laws. If an employer chooses to provide either paid or unpaid holiday leave, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.

State holidays

Visit our Maine State Holidays page for a list of holidays recognized and observed by the state of Maine as well as information regarding state laws governing holiday leave for public employers and employees.


Jury Duty Leave

An employer is not required to pay an employee for responding to a jury summons or serving on a jury.

An employer may not discharge, penalize, threaten, deny health insurance coverage to, or otherwise coerce an employee who receives and/or responds to a jury summons or who serves on a jury.

ME Statute 14:1218


Voting Leave

Maine does not have a law which requires an employer to grant its employees leave, either paid or unpaid, to vote.


Bereavement Leave

Maine law does not require employers to provide employees bereavement leave or leave to attend funerals. Bereavement leave is leave that is taken by an employee due to the death of another individual, usually a close relative. Employers may choose to provide bereavement leave and may be required to comply with any bereavement policy or practice they maintain.


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