Maine Overtime laws & compensation compliance analysis

Maine Overtime: What you need to know

Under Maine's overtime law, an employer must pay each employee overtime in the amount of 11/2 times the employee's regular rate for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek (ME Rev. Stat. Tit. 26 Sec. 664). Because this rate is the same as that prescribed by the federal law, the net effect of the state law is to extend overtime protections to workers not covered by the federal standard. Neither state nor federal law requires overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 8 per day or on weekends or holidays, as long as the workweek does not exceed 40 hours.
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Maine law exempts from state overtime pay requirements anyone employed in a bona fide executive, administrative, or professional capacity earning an annual salary that is 3,000 times the state minimum wage. Neither state law nor regulations define these terms, so the definitions in the federal regulations apply. Exempt employees covered by both federal and state laws must pass the federal duties and salary test.
Several other occupations and industries are exempt from Maine's overtime provisions, including:
• Most agricultural workers, except employees of egg-processing facilities that have over 300,000 laying birds
• Certain drivers and driver’s helpers who are exempt from overtime under federal law if they are paid in a manner other than an hourly rate of pay
• Domestic workers in and about private homes
• Outside salespeople paid by commission
• Employees of public-supported and educational nonprofit organizations, except political bodies
• Counselors at children's summer camps
• Students under the age of 19 working during school vacations at certain summer ...

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