AUGUSTA – The state’s newly passed minimum wage law will go into effect next month.
A spokesperson for the Department of Labor said the state is taking a temporary non-enforcement approach for the new law.
However, If notified by an employee that a company is not paying the new $9 an hour wage, The Labor Department will act on that tip.
The minimum wage increase was approved during last month’s elections.
Democrats said the state can’t pick and choose how to enforce the law.
Senator Troy Jackson, (D) Allagash, said “What they’re saying is that they won’t enforce it. And that’s a completely different thing than actually following it. The workers, these minimum wage workers, are not going to have the ability to find somebody to file a lawsuit or even the knowledge of doing that. That’s what the Department of Labor has always done, is made sure employers followed the law, and they should continue under these same circumstances now too.”
Jackson said he hopes the governor reconsiders as this sets what he calls a terrible precedent.