May 6, 2011
Rep. John Tuttle the lead Democrat on the LCRED committee. photo by Ramona du Houx

The Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development (LCRED) Committee voted in a show of bipartisan support to oppose a bill removing minimum wage and hour protections for working teens.

“Today in Augusta, members of the Legislature’s Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee voted ought not to pass on a bill that would have rolled back decades of bipartisan support for child labor protections. The Maine Women’s Lobby lauds their decision – for Maine teens – and Maine’s economy,” said Sara Standford of the Maine Women’s Lobby.

L.D. 1346, introduced by Representative David C. Burns (R – Whiting), would have abolish minimum wage protections for high school students 20 and under – limiting their income to just $5.25 in the first six months. It would have also eliminated any cap on the number of hours a 16 year old could work on a school day.

On May 6, 2011 the entire committee voted to kill the bill.

Another bill still exists. LD 516, would increase the amount of hours a minor could work during the school yea. It reported out of committee divided down party line.

The LCRED committee previously voted ‘ought to pass’ on this proposal to loosen protections for Maine’s teen workers, L.D. 516, which would permit employers to schedule teen workers up to 24 hours during the school week, up to six hours on a school day and keep them working until 11 o’clock on a school night.