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
*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
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
Toll Free: 1.800.342.5354