Maine’s current minimum wage is $11.00.
For more information on Maine’s minimum wage laws, visit our Maine Minimum Wage Laws page, which includes topics such as minimum wage, tip minimum wage, tip sharing and pooling, and subminimum wages.
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Maine labor laws require employers to pay employees overtime at a rate of 1½ time their regular rate when they work more than 40 hours in a workweek, unless otherwise exempt. Maine Rev. Stat. 26.664. See FLSA: Overtime for more information regarding overtime requirements.
Under certain circumstances, employers in Maine may be required to pay residents wage rates established by the federal or state prevailing wage rates and rules. The prevailing wage rates may be different from the state’s standard minimum wage rates. Employees may be eligible for prevailing wages if they work on federal or state government or government-funded construction projects or perform certain federal or state government services. See the Maine Prevailing Wages, Davis-Bacon and Related Acts, McNamara-O’Hara Service Contract Act (SCA), and Walsh-Healey Public Contracts Act (PCA) for more information about prevailing wages.
Meals and Breaks
Maine labor laws require employers to give employees the opportunity to take an unpaid rest break of thirty (30) consecutive minutes after six (6) hours worked if three (3) or more people are on duty. An employee and employer may negotiate for more or less breaks, but both must agree (this should be put in writing). According to federal law, if an employer grants a non-meal rest break (usually twenty (20) minutes or fewer), the break must be paid. Maine Rev. Stat. 26.7.601.
Information about Maine vacation leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.
Information about Maine sick leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.
Information about Maine holiday leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.
Jury Duty Leave
Information about Maine jury duty leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.
Information about Maine voting leave laws may now be found on our Maine Leave Laws page.
Maine labor laws do not generally require employers to provide employees with severance pay. Typically, if an employer chooses to provide severance benefits, it must comply with the terms of its established policy or employment contract.
However, if an employer closes or relocates an industrial or commercial facility that has employed 100 or more employees in the preceding 12 months, it must pay severance to each affect employee. The severance for each employee must be paid at a rate of one week’s pay for each year the employee was employed at the facility. Maine Rev. Stat. 26.625-B.
Under certain circumstances, Maine residents may be eligible for unemployment benefits while they search for another job. You are required to certify that you are unemployed on a weekly basis to receive these benefits. See Maine State Unemployment Benefits.