Connecticut Child Labor: What you need to know

In Connecticut, workers under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. Connecticut child labor laws further distinguish among minors based on age, type of occupation, and hours of work (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-23et seq.). Because state laws and regulations are complex, specific, and extensive, employers considering hiring persons under 18 years of age may wish to check with the state Department of Labor about the rules affecting a particular job in their specific industry. Both state and federal child labor laws apply to most employers--and these laws are strictly enforced.
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Connecticut law prohibits the employment of minors under the age of 18 in any occupation declared to be hazardous by the state Department of Labor. An exception is provided for the minors 16 years of age who are employed as bona fide apprentices and participants in approved, cooperative work-study programs, and for graduates of such programs employed in the occupation for which they were trained (CT Gen. Stat. Sec. 31-23c).
The following types of work are expressly prohibited:
• Operation of a freight or passenger elevator that runs at a speed over 200 feet per minute, power-driven hoists, or cranes
• Automotive maintenance and repair (see Exceptions, below)
• Beverage bottling or pressure treating
• Sand blasting, abrasive wheel operation, tumbler operation, or centrifugal machine operation
• Work involving radioactive materials
• Manufacturing of brick, cement, chemicals, or clay products
• Brazing, welding, or glass cutting
• Testing, installation, or repair of electrical equipment
• Flame cutting
• Boiler room or engine room work
• Construction, wrecking, and demolition (see ...

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