Restore Overtime Protections for Maine Workers
|Category:||Wage and Labor|
|Sponsor:||Representative Rachel Talbot-Ross, House 40|
|Bill #:||LD 607|
Was opposed, now support (3/2/2022).
UPDATE 4/7/2022: This bill has been signed into law.
UPDATE 3/2/2022: The bill sponsor presented a revised amendment that deletes the old bill and changes the bill to a resolve. It would direct the Maine Department of Labor to conduct an education campaign with employers about the existing overtime regulations. We can support this amendment. The committee voted unanimously in support of the new version.
UPDATE 1/23/2022: The committee voted Ought to Pass as Amended. It would change the salary level to 3,500x min wage in 2023, 4,000x in 2024 and 4,500 in 2025. The vote was along party lines.
UPDATE 4/14/21: This bill has been recommeded to be carried over to 2022.
UPDATE 3/21/21: The bill sponsor is proposing an amendment which makes the bill worse for employers. It would:
1. Until December 31, 2021, the rate is 3,000 times the state minimum wage;
2. Beginning January 1, 2022, the rate is 3,500 times the state minimum wage;
3. Beginning January 1, 2023, the rate is 4,000 times the state minimum wage; and
4. Beginning January 1, 2024, the rate is 4,500 times the state minimum wage.
Representative Talbot Ross of Portland would annually raises the minimum salary that an employee who works in an executive, administrative or professional capacity must earn in order for that employee to be exempt from the laws governing the minimum wage and overtime pay until it is $55,224 20 on January 1, 2024. It would increase annually thereafter.