North Carolina Child Labor: What you need to know

In North Carolina, workers under age 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. State child labor law distinguishes among minors according to age, type of occupation, day and nighttime work, and number of hours worked (NC Stat. Sec. 95-25.5). There are many exceptions to these requirements; however, depending upon the type of work that is done, the season, the time of school year or week, and the worker's school status or training. Because North Carolina child labor law is both complex and extensive, employers wishing to employ minors in occupations they consider questionable should consult the state Department of Labor before hiring minor workers.
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North Carolina has incorporated federal child labor prohibitions for hazardous occupations as defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Minors under 18. In addition to the federal prohibitions, state law prohibits workers under the age of 18 from employment involving the following:
• Welding, brazing or torch cutting
• Operations in canneries, seafood and poultry processing plants that involve cutting or slicing machines, or freezing or packaging activities
• Working at a height of 10 feet or more, including the use of ladders and scaffolds
• Working as an electrician's helper with live wires, breaker boxes, or other areas where the danger of electrical shock exists
• Confined spaces
• Work requiring use of a respirator
• Processes where quartz, other forms of silicon dioxide, or asbestos silicate are present in powdered form
• Exposure to lead or any of its components
• Exposure to benzene or benzene compounds
These restrictions do not apply to youths in apprenticeship and student-learning ...

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