Delaware Child Labor laws & compensation compliance analysis

Delaware Child Labor: What you need to know

In Delaware, people who have not reached age 18 are considered minors for purposes of child labor. Delaware child labor law restricts the occupations in which minors may be employed and the number of hours and times they may work. Further distinctions are made among minors according to age, with special rules and exemptions in some groups19 DE Code Sec. 507et seq.).
Most employers are subject to both federal and state child labor laws. If the laws conflict, the more restrictive provision applies--and child labor laws are strictly enforced.
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There is a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.
Delaware's child labor laws do not apply to:
• Nonhazardous farm work on a farm
• Domestic work in a private home
• Nonhazardous work in a business owned by a parent or guardian
• Volunteer work for a charitable or nonprofit organization, with written parental consent
• Work as a golf caddy
• Newspaper delivery to residences
• Graduates of accredited schools employed in hazardous occupations, if they have completed a course of study for the hazardous activity
• Volunteer firefighters or rescue workers who are at least 14 years of age, if they have completed or are enrolled in a fire-fighting or rescue study program
• Minors who are at least 14 years old who are employed in nonhazardous work in a facility that cans or preserves perishable fruits and vegetables
Minors who are under the age of 18 may not work in occupations that involve:
• Any occupation prohibited under the provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (29 USC Sec. 201et seq.)
• Erecting or repairing electric wires
• Blast furnaces
• Railroad, docks or wharves (other than pleasure boat ...

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Delaware Child Labor Resources

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