Regarding Work Permits for Minors under 16 Years of Age

Last updated: May 21, 2017

Details about this bill
Category: Wage and Labor
Status: Defeated
Sponsor: Representative Joel Stetkis, House 105
Session: 128
Bill #: LD 1420

Position:

Monitoring.

UPDATE: The committee voted the bill Ought Not to Pass.

Summary:

The purpose of this bill is to clarify the laws governing the employment of minors and to conform the State’s laws to federal law, thus expanding work opportunities for minors.

1. It clarifies that minors who are younger than 14 years of age may be employed only in the planting, cultivating or harvesting of field crops, or other agricultural employment that does not place them in direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances.

2. It conforms to federal law the hours that minors who are 16 and 17 years of age may work, by extending the permissible time until which such a minor may work on a day preceding a school day.

3. It eliminates the prohibition on minors under 16 years of age working more than 6 consecutive days.

4. Eliminates the prohibition on minors under 18 years of age working more than 50 hours per week when school is not in session.

5. It specifies that the restrictions on the hours of employment of minors does not apply to:

A. Agricultural employment that does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances;
B. Employment or training as a theatrical actor or a film actor;
C. The taking or catching of lobsters, fish or other marine organisms, as long as the work does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances; and
D. At a business that is solely owned by the minor’s parent, as long as the work does not require direct contact with hazardous machinery or hazardous substances.

6. It allows the parent or legal guardian of a minor under 16 years of age to sign a work permit for the minor and removes school superintendents from the work permit process. It requires copies of the minor's signed permit and proof of age to be kept at the minor's place of employment. It authorizes the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Standards to revoke a work permit.

7. It maintains the authority of the bureau to revoke work permits if state or federal law has been violated.