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Oklahoma Child Labor: What you need to know

In Oklahoma, people under the age of 16 are considered minors for purposes of employment. The provisions of the child labor law distinguish among minors according to age, type of occupation, day and nighttime work, and number of hours worked. Because the law is complex and extensive, employers wishing to employ minors in occupations that may be questionable should consult the state Department of Labor (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 71et seq.).
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Both federal and state law apply to child labor. If there is a conflict, the more protective standard applies. Both the state and federal child labor laws are very strictly enforced. A comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws is available.
No worker under 21 years of age may be employed as a shaft-hoisting engineer in a lead or zinc mine, or operate a motor vehicle carrying hazardous materials, except for workers 18 years of age or older who operate farm vehicles.
Employees under the age of 18 may not work in a place in which alcohol is sold or served, except where such sales do not exceed 25 percent of the gross sales. They may not work in a bar area. Parents may employ their own children in such places, but not to sell or serve alcohol (OK Stat. Tit. 37 Sec. 243). Individuals under 18 years of age may not work underground or in the operation of mines.
No child under the age of 16 may work in any of the permissible occupations, unless the child is able to read and write or has attended some school during the preceding year for the time that attendance is compulsory. No child under the age of 16 may obtain a Class D motor vehicle license.
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