Child Labor Laws

By: Kassie Breitkreutz


*Unless specifically exempted, employees must receive overtime pay if they work more then 40 in one week.

*Overtime pay is a time and a half the regular rate of pay.

*If employee in a single workweek works at two or more different types of work that have different rates, the pay for that week is the weighted average of the rates.


*Minors under 16 may not work before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m.(exception is a newspaper carrier)

*Minors under 16 may not work for more than 40 hours a week

*Minors under the age of 16 may not work more than 8 hours per 24 hopur period

*Minors may not work during school hours on school days without an employment certificate

*Minors may not work later than 11 p.m. on evenings before school days or before 5 a.m. on school days

*With written permission these hours can be expanded to 11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questios

Can I hire a 14 year old to mow my lawn? Yes, chores around the house are exempt

I am 15 years old and I deliver newspaper, can I work before 7 a.m.? Yes, newspaper carriers are an exception

Prohibited Occupations For Minors

Minors are prohibited from working

*serving liquor

*working with hazardous materials

*operating power driven equipment

*on construction sites


*UNICEF estimates that around 150 million children aged 5-14 in developing countries, about 16 per cent of all children in this age group, are involved in child labor

*215 million children under 18 work, many full-time

*More boys than girls are involved in child labor

Minimum Age

A minor younger then age 14 can be employed, except:

*Newspaper carrier, if at least 11 years old

*Agriculture, if at least 12 years old

*Actor or model

*Referee, if at least 11 years old

A minor's proof of age must be part of the payroll records

Who to Call?

Department of Labor and Industry Labor Standards

Phone: (651)284.5005

Toll Free: 1.800.342.5354

Fax: (651)284.5740

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