AUGUSTA – The Maine legislature is lowering the working age, expanding work for younger teens in the state.
Emergency legislation passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor LePage expands the type of jobs and duties for which 14 and 15-year-olds can be hired.
The addition of more workers is seen as a move to help the tourism industry in light of the labor shortage this summer.
Maine department of Labor spokesperson Julie Rabinowitz said “So what we’ve done is open up these occupations. No other state had a law as restrictive as Maine. We’re actually coming back up on par with the other states. And we’re allowing 14 and 15-year-olds to do all kinds of work that’s not hazardous.”
The new law allows 14 and 15-year-olds the chance to work in bowling alleys, movie theaters and amusement parks as well as expanding the jobs they can do in hotels and motels.