Maine Overtime and Meal & Rest Break Laws for Nurses by State
Under Title 26, Section 664(3) of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, employers are required pay mandatory overtime to employees who clock greater than 40 hours in one workweek. Overtime pay is calculated as time and one-half and a workweek is defined as seven consecutive days including weekends. The statute lists an extensive number of industries exempted from these requirements, however the medical industry is not included in the exemptions.
Under Title 26, Section 601 of the Maine Revised Statutes Annotated, workers are legally entitled to a meal or rest break of 30 minutes in duration after six consecutive hours of work. The statute does not require that an employer provide paid breaks and it does not apply to small businesses with fewer than three employees on duty who are able to take frequent breaks during the workday. Nurses may face hardship under this statute as employers are also exempted from providing breaks in cases of emergency where allowing an employee to leave would be impractical or dangerous.
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