‘An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage’
| Session - 127th Maine Legislature
C "B", Filing Number H-318, Sponsored by
Amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting the following:
‘An Act To Increase the Minimum Wage’
Amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and before the summary and inserting the following:
‘Sec. 1. 26 MRSA §664, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2007, c. 640, §4, is further amended to read:
A municipality or political subdivision of the State may not enact any ordinance, law or rule regulating the minimum hourly wage rate.
Sec. 2. 26 MRSA §771, as amended by PL 1991, c. 544, §4, is further amended to read:
§ 771. Minors under 14 years of age
A minor under 14 years of age may not be employed, permitted or suffered to work in nonagricultural employment, about or in connection with agriculture, except for the planting, cultivating or harvesting of field crops or other agricultural employment not in direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances , any eating place, automatic laundries, retail establishment where frozen dairy products are manufactured on the premises, sporting or overnight camp, mercantile establishment or in outdoor occupations on the grounds of a hotel, and a minor between the ages of 14 and 16 years may not be so employed when the distance between the work place and the home of the minor, or any other factor, necessitates the minor's remaining away from home overnight. This section does not apply to any such minor who is employed directly by, with or under the supervision of either or both of the minor's parents; or to any such minor employed in school lunch programs, if limited to serving food and cleaning up dining rooms.
Sec. 3. 26 MRSA §773, as amended by PL 2009, c. 487, Pt. B, §12, is further amended to read:
§ 773. Minors 14 and 15 years of age prohibited in certain places
A minor under who is at least 14 years of age and younger than 16 years of age may not be employed, permitted or suffered to work in, about or in connection with any manufacturing or mechanical establishment, hotel, rooming house, laundry, except those commonly known as automatic laundries, dry cleaning establishments, bakery , bowling alley, poolroom, or commercial places of amusement, including traveling shows and circuses, or in any theater or moving picture house or in conjunction with an amusement, game or show that allows or conducts betting. The provisions of this section pertaining to theaters do not apply to minors under 16 years of age who are employed or in training as theatrical actors or film actors. This section does not prohibit a minor under 16 years of age from performing work for a nonprofit organization that preserves film and other moving images and provides education and research opportunities for the public or for a theater that is operated by such an organization as an integral part of its mission.
The provisions of this section pertaining to manufacturing establishments shall do not apply to retail establishments employing minors under who are at least 14 years of age and younger than 16 years of age who are employed in retail establishments where any frozen dairy product or frozen dairy product mix or related food product is manufactured produced on the premises for retail sales locally, regardless of trade name or brand or coined name.
The provisions of this section pertaining to hotels do not apply to minors under 16 years of age who are employed in outdoor occupations on the grounds of a hotel or to minors 15 years of age who are employed in kitchens, dining rooms, lobbies and offices of a hotel. Minors 15 years of age are expressly prohibited from working in an area not listed as permitted and are expressly prohibited from performing room service, making deliveries of any sort to the hotel rooms or entering the hallways to those rooms.
The provisions of this section pertaining to manufacturing and mechanical establishments shall not apply to minors under 16 years of age who are employed on the grounds of a manufacturing or mechanical establishment, but who are assigned nonhazardous work which is performed outside of any building in which manufacturing or mechanical operations are undertaken.
The provisions of this section pertaining to manufacturing or mechanical establishments, laundries, dry cleaning establishments and bakeries shall do not apply to minors under who are at least 14 years of age and younger than 16 years of age who are employed in retail sales, customer service operations or office work for these establishments, provided that retail, customer service or office areas are in a separate room.
Notwithstanding other provisions of this section, a minor under who is at least 14 years of age and younger than 16 years of age may be employed at a commercial place of amusement operating at a permanent location, except that minors under 16 years of age may not be employed at games of chance as defined in Title 17, chapter 62 or hazardous occupations as determined by the director.
Sec. 4. 26 MRSA §774, sub-§1, as amended by PL 2011, c. 174, §§1 to 3, is further amended to read:
Sec. 5. 26 MRSA §774, sub-§2, ¶D, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 544, §5, is amended to read:
Sec. 6. 26 MRSA §774, sub-§2, ¶E, as enacted by PL 1991, c. 544, §5, is repealed.
Sec. 7. 26 MRSA §774, sub-§3, as amended by PL 1991, c. 713, §2, is further amended to read:
(1) A minor who has been excused from attendance by school officials in accordance with Title 20-A, section 5001-A, subsection 2 or subsection 3, except that a minor who has been excused in accordance with subsection 3 may not be employed during the hours that the minor's school or approved home instruction program is in session;
(2) A student in an alternative education plan that includes a work experience component;
(3) A student in an approved vocational cooperative education program; or
(4) A student who is granted permission for an early school release by the school principal.
The hours worked by a student in an alternative education plan or in an approved vocational cooperative education program may not be included in determining the student's total hours of permitted employment under subsection 1 and subsection 2.
Sec. 8. 26 MRSA §774, sub-§4, as amended by PL 2009, c. 211, Pt. B, §23, is repealed and the following enacted in its place:
Sec. 9. 26 MRSA §781, sub-§1-A, ¶B, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 46, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 10. 26 MRSA §781, sub-§1-A, ¶C, as enacted by PL 2001, c. 46, §1, is amended to read:
Sec. 11. 30-A MRSA §3007, sub-§7 is enacted to read:
Sec. 12. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
LABOR, DEPARTMENT OF
Administration - Bureau of Labor Standards 0158
Initiative: Provides funds to update and distribute the new minimum wage poster and other related publications.
|GENERAL FUND TOTAL||$0||$16,500|
This amendment, which is the minority report of the committee, strikes the bill and replaces it with the following provisions governing the minimum wage and the employment of minors.
1. It raises the minimum wage rate to $8.00 per hour, starting October 1, 2016, $8.50 per hour starting October 1, 2017 and $9.00 per hour starting October 1, 2018.
2. It prohibits a municipality from enacting or enforcing its own minimum wage rate.
3. It conforms Maine law to federal law by providing that minors who are younger than 14 years of age may be employed only in the planting, cultivating or harvesting of field crops, or other agricultural employment that does not place them in direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances.
4. It conforms to federal law the hours that minors who are 16 years of age and 17 years of age may work by extending the permissible time until which such a minor may work on a day preceding a school day.
5. It eliminates the prohibition on minors under 16 years of age working more than 6 consecutive days.
6. It eliminates the prohibition on minors under 18 years of age working more than 50 hours per week when school is not in session.
7. It specifies that the restrictions on the hours of employment of minors do not apply to:
8. It adds an appropriations and allocations section.
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