Iowa Child Labor: What you need to know

In Iowa, people under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment and may not be employed in any capacity without an employment certificate. The provisions of the Iowa child labor law distinguish among minors according to age, type of occupation, day and nighttime work, and number of hours worked (IA Code Sec. 92.1 et seq.).
Employers should keep in mind that in most cases both federal and state laws apply to child labor. If the laws differ, the more restrictive law applies--and these laws are very strictly enforced. There is a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.
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Iowa child labor laws do not apply to minors employed in casual labor in and around a private home, employment by the minor's parents, in some modeling jobs, and in volunteer work for nonprofit organizations. Also exempt are minors aged 14 and older who work part-time (20 hours or less per week) in agricultural work or with seed production, plant removal, corn tassels, and hand-pollinating from June through August.
Minors under the age of 18. Minors under the age of 18 may not work in any occupation considered to be hazardous to health, safety, or welfare. Apprentices and students receiving manual training in the public schools are excepted from these prohibitions.
The list of prohibited employment includes:
• Working in or around explosives, radioactive substances, or ionizing radiation
• Mining, mill, or logging occupations
• Operation of most power-driven machinery
• Operation of an elevator or other power-driven hoisting apparatus
• Roofing or excavation operations
• Manufacturing of brick, tile, or similar products
• Wrecking, demolition, or ship-breaking operations
• Operation of ...

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