Maine Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Maine Child Labor: What you need to know

In Maine, people under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment, and Maine child labor statutes govern their work life, distinguishing among minors according to age, type of occupation, and hours of work (26 ME Rev. Stat. Sec. 771et seq.).
Both federal and state child labor laws apply to most employers. If the laws conflict, the more restrictive provision applies.
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Exceptions. The state child labor laws do not apply to minors who work directly for or are under the supervision of their parents; those who have a high school diploma or its equivalency; or minors who work in school lunch programs if their work is limited to serving food and cleaning up dining rooms.
Minors under the age of 18 may not work in any occupation that is hazardous or dangerous to life, limb, health, or morals. They may not work in occupations involving:
• Manufacturing or storing explosives
• Driving a motor vehicle or working as an outside helper on a motor vehicle (on public highways)
• Mining operations
• Power-driven woodworking, metal-forming, shearing, and metal-punching machines
• Direct contact with pesticides
• Power-driven circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears
• Wrecking and demolition occupations
• Manufacturing brick, tile, or similar products
• Power-driven hoisting apparatus, including forklifts
• Slaughtering, meat packing, processing, or rendering, including meat slicers, grinders, and choppers
• Power-drive paper products machines, including balers and compactors
• Roofing and excavation
• Working alone in a cash-based business
• Placement at the scene of a fire, explosion, or other emergency situation, except as a junior firefighter
• Places having nude ...

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