Friday, September 14, 2018

Child Labor Laws for Youth under 16 years old

Child Labor Laws (in a nutshell) for Youth under 16 years old......


When school is in-session, minors under 16 years old can:

Have one active permit during the school year (two during the summer);
Work between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.;
Work three (3) hours a day on school days outside of school hours, including Fridays;
Work a maximum of 18 hours during a school week; and
Work no more than six (6) days in a row.
When there is no school during the school year, minors under 16 years old can:

Work up to eight (8) hours a day; and
Work up to 40 hours in a week; for example, during a school break.
A student seeking new employment during the school term, must notify MDOL to cancel any existing active summer work permits in that student’s name. Contact Rachel Bowler, Bureau of Labor Standards (BLS), at 207-623-7930 or by email, rachel.l.bowler@maine.gov .

Additionally, parents, teens, employers, and school superintendent offices with questions about employment of minors and the Work Permit process can call the Wage and Hour Division at BLS at 207-623-7900.

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