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May 22, 2018

Hiring minors? No-cost course tells you what you need to know

Maine Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Standards is hosting a no-cost course in Augusta and Portland to help employers navigate the waters of hiring minors. This seminar covers the basics, such as how to apply for a work permit, how many hours can a minor work and hazards in the workplace.

Two classes are scheduled:

  • Thursday, May 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at SafetyWorks! Training Institute, 45 Commerce Dr., Augusta
  • Thursday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Greater Portland CareerCenter, 151 Jetport Blvd., Portland.

To register go online here or call 1-877-723-3345.

The Bureau of Labor Standards is Maine's regulatory agency overseeing labor and employment law and workplace safety; it provides both consultation and enforcement services. The division promotes and achieves compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of Maine's workforce.

"We must prepare Maine's next generation of workers, by promoting and encouraging youth to enter the workforce earlier," Gov. Paul R. LePage said in a news release. "The skills learned through that first job cannot be overstated; from managing their own money, to being dependable and on time, to beginning their quest for a career, there is no better preparation for a lifetime of work than that first job."

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