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Employing Minors: Ensuring Your Company is in Line with the Child Labor Law

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employing minors in illinois, arlington heights employment attorneyRegardless of the size of your business, if you are employing minors to fill various staff positions, it is important to make sure your company is abiding by the Illinois Child Labor Law. Failure to comply can result in the loss of business licenses, fines, and more. Young workers can be valuable assets to your workplace, but neglecting to follow the most basic Illinois Child Labor Law guidelines can hurt your business.

Certificate Requirements and Restrictions on Work Hours

Employers must meet certain requirements when employing minors, according to the Illinois Department of Labor. First, any employer hiring a teen under the age of 16 is prohibited to employ the minor without a valid work permit or employment certificate. These certificates can be obtained from the child’s school and must be presented before they begin working on your premises. You are to provide them with a "letter of intent to hire," which they should take to their school to have signed and evaluated with a parent or guardian.

Along with the need for a valid work permit, minors must only work on your premises during certain business hours. When school is in session, the Illinois Department of Labor prohibits minors from working more than 3 hours per day or more than 24 hours per week. Combined, work and school hours must not exceed 8 hours a day. In general, whether school is in session or not, minors may only work during the hours of 7 am and 7 pm. Additionally, a 30 minute meal period must be provided to any minor you employ, which must take place no later than the 5th consecutive hour of work.

Prohibited Occupations

There are certain occupations the state deems hazardous, which are off limits for workers under the age of 16. The school officer in charge of signing off on a work permit for a minor will evaluate the nature of the job opportunity to determine whether it is safe or considered a hazardous job. Overall, there are 26 occupations the state considers off-limits for minors. Most of them include factory work and hard labor, such as positions at oil refineries, manufacturing plants, and construction sites. Be sure to cross reference the position you are offering a minor with the Illinois Child Labor Law and your business law attorney to make sure you are not committing any violation.

If you are a business owner preparing to hire a minor or are concerned about your current business practices regarding a currently employed teen, you need to speak with an Arlington Heights business law attorney to ensure your company is in compliance with the Illinois Child Labor Law. Contact A. Traub & Associates today at 847-749-4182 for a consultation.



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