AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Labor has made the youth work-permit application available online in time for the summer hiring season. All minors under the age of 16 must have a work permit before they start a job, regardless of whether they attend school.
For teens under the age of 16, restrictions limit the types of jobs and the hours they can work. Minors cannot work jobs considered hazardous. Some of the jobs Maine teens under 18 years old cannot do include operating most mechanical equipment, driving for work and working alone in a cash-based business.
Teens or parents may download the work-permit application at http://www.maine.gov/labor/labor_laws/publications/maine_work_permit.pdf , and drop off the completed form, which must include a parent’s signature, at the superintendent’s office. Blank forms are available at superintendent’s offices for pick up as well.
A copy of the Guide to Maine Laws Governing the Employment of Minors is posted on the Maine Department of Labor website and is available by request by calling 623-7900. Additional forms and information about employment law in Maine are available at the Bureau of Labor Standards’ website at maine.gov/labor/bls/index.shtml.