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Mississippi Child Labor: What you need to know

In Mississippi, people under the age of 16 are considered minors for purposes of employment. The provisions of the Mississippi child labor law distinguish among minors according to age, type of occupation, daytime and nighttime work, and number of hours worked, and limit the occupations in which minors may be employed and the number of hours they may work (MS Code Sec. 71-1-17 et seq.,Sec. 63-1-9(1)(e)).
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While Mississippi's child labor statutes exist on the books, the state defers to federal law (which is much more stringent) and generally directs callers with questions or problems to the U.S. Wage and Hour office in Jackson. There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.
Individuals under the age of 21.An employee younger than 21 years old may not be a bartender. However, workers between the ages of 18 and 20 may wait on tables and take orders or serve alcoholic beverages if the employer holds an on-premises retailer's permit (MS State Tax Cmsn. Local Option Reg. 17). Employers must obtain and keep a copy of an employee's proof of age.
Individuals under the age of 17. Children under 17 years old may not drive a motor vehicle in use as a common carrier or school bus.
Minors under the age of 16. No minor between the ages of 14 and 16 may be employed in a mill, cannery, workshop, factory, or manufacturing establishment unless the child has completed or is attending school (MS Code Sec. 71-1-19).
Minors under the age of 14. No minor under the age of 14 may be employed in a mill, cannery, workshop, factory, or manufacturing establishment under any circumstances (MS Code Sec. 71-1-17 ).
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