Kansas Child Labor: What you need to know

In Kansas, people under the age of 16 are considered minors for purposes of employment, and Kansas child labor law governs their work life, distinguishing among minors according to age, type of occupation, and hours of work (KS Rev. Stat. Sec. 38-601et seq.). Both federal and state laws apply to most employers. If there is a conflict, the more restrictive law applies, and child labor laws are strictly enforced. Comprehensive information on the federal standards is available.
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The state laws do not apply to the following work if done during nonschool hours (KS Rev. Stat. Sec. 38-614):
• Nonhazardous work performed by an employer's own children
• Domestic service
• Casual labor in or around a private home
• Delivery or messenger work
• Newspaper delivery
• Work in agricultural, horticultural, livestock, or dairying pursuits
• Theatrical performances
Prohibitions. Individuals under the age of 18 may not work in occupations that are considered to be injurious to their life, health, safety, morals, or welfare. The following occupations are specifically prohibited:
• Work in or around mines, including coal mines
• Manufacture or storage of explosives
• Slaughtering, meat packing or processing, rendering
• Operation of circular saws, band saws, or guillotine shears
• Work with power-driven woodworking machinery, bakery machines, and paper products machines
• Operation of elevators, hoists, or cranes, except for automatic passenger elevators and electric or air-operated hoists with capacity of under 1 ton
• Driving or working as an outside helper on a motor vehicle, except for incidental driving of vehicles under 6,000 pounds
• Wrecking and demolition work; roofing; and ...

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