- chapter 7. EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES
- SUBCHAPTER IV. EMPLOYMENT OF MINORS
1. MINORS UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE. A minor under 18 years of age, enrolled in school, may not be employed as follows:
A. More than 50 hours in any week when school is not in session;
B. More than 20 hours in any week when school is in session, except
that the minor may work up to 8 hours on each day that an authorized
school closure occurs up to a total of 28 hours in that week. In
addition, the maximum weekly hours a minor may work is 50 hours
during any week that the approved school calendar is less than 3 days
or during the first or last week of the school calendar, regardless
of how many days school is in session for the week. If requested, a
school must provide verification of its closings to the minor's
employer or the Department of Labor;
C. More than 10 hours in any day when school is not in session;
D. More than 4 hours in any day when school is in session, except
that the minor may work up to 8 hours on the last scheduled day of
the school week;
E. More than 6 consecutive days;
F. After 10 p.m. on a day preceding a school day or after 12 midnight
on a day that does not precede a school day; or
G. Before 7 a.m. on a school day or before 5 a.m. on a day that is
not a school day.
2. MINORS UNDER 16 YEARS OF AGE. A minor under 16 years of age may not be employed as follows:
A. More than 40 hours in any week when school is not in session;
B. More than 18 hours in any week when school is in session;
C. More than 8 hours in any day when school is not in session;
D. More than 3 hours in any day when school is in session;
E. More than 6 consecutive days; or
F. Between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. except during summer
vacation, when that minor may not work between the hours of 9 p.m.
and 7 a.m.
3. EMPLOYMENT DURING HOURS SCHOOL IN SESSION. A minor under 17 years of age may not be employed during the hours that the public schools of the town or city in which the minor resides are in session.
A. This subsection does not apply to:
1) A minor who has been excused from attendance by school
officials in accordance with Title 20-A, section 5001-A,
subsection 2 or subsection 3, except that a minor who has been
excused in accordance with subsection 3 may not be employed
during the hours that the minor's school or approved home
instruction program is in session;
2) A student in an alternative education plan that includes a
work experience component;
3) A student in an approved vocational cooperative education
4) A student who is granted permission for an early school
release by the school principal.
The hours worked by a student in an alternative education plan or in an approved vocational cooperative education program may not be included in determining the student's total hours of permitted employment under subsection 1 and subsection 2.
4. EXEMPTIONS. Work performed in the planting, cultivating or harvesting of field crops or other agricultural employment, including the initial processing of farm crops, not in direct contact with hazardous machinery or haz