This information has been provided by Maine Bureau of Labor Standards. It contains important information for you to know.  Some of the items are listed here, but please review the rest of them contained in the PDF document below.

  • The minimum wage is $7.50 per hour.
  • Tipped employees must be paid at least one-half minimum wage.  If the direct wage plus tips for the week does not average the minimum wage, the employer must pay the difference.
  • Employees must be paid for the work performed.  Employees who leave a job must be paid in full within a reasonable time.
  • Employers cannot deduct from an employee’s pay for things such as broken merchandise or bills not paid by customers.
  • Employers who charge for housing, meals or transportation may only deduct the reasonable cost of providing the items, not what it would charge the public.
  • In a business with 3 or more employees working at one time, employees have the right to take a 30-minute break after 6 hours of work unless there is a written agreement otherwise.
  • If terminated (fired), an employee has the right to ask the employer for and receive in writing the reason they were fired.
  • When does the employer have to pay the last wages? Employers must pay wages on the next regular pay day.  If an employer will not pay final wages timely, an enforcement action may occur.

Questions?  Contact the Maine Bureau of Labor Standards this way:

Phone 207-623-7900         Website:



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