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Farmworkers, Work, & School
Read this page to learn about laws that protect farmworkers, information about where to get legal help, and information about COVID-19, workers’ compensation, minimum wage, and federal farmworker protections.
What is the minimum wage for farmworkers? The federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. You must be paid at least $7.25 per hour. Even if you are paid on a piece rate basis, your hourly wages each week must average at least $7.25 per hour or your state’s minimum wage for agricultural workers.
The law requires employers to provide a safe and healthy working environment. It is against the law for employers to retaliate against you for raising concerns about safety and health conditions. This includes concerns about COVID-19.
Are you a farmworker in Maine in need of medical care or a medical consultation? Maine Mobile Health can deliver care for regular medical issues, as well as advise you on COVID-19-related illness.
What is worker classification? Why does it matter how I'm classified? How can I tell which way I've been classified? I think I should be classified as an employee but how do I know?
English Swen Sante pou Travayè Agrikòl yo nan Maine Pandan COVID-19 Pou jwenn enfòmasyon sou kreyòl ayisyen, tanpri vizite: http://www.mainemobile.org/ht/
Con muy pocas excepciones, todo trabajador en el Estado de Maine que experimenta o agrava una lesión, enfermedad, o una condición médica como resultado de las actividades de su empleo puede recibir compensaciones o beneficios según la Ley de Compensación al Trabajador. Más información sobre esta compensación aquí.
General Farmworker Rights There is a law in the United States called the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. This is a federal law that covers most farms and farmworkers (except those on H-2A visas).