In Alaska, workers under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. The state law distinguishes among minors according to age, type of occupation, daytime and nighttime work, and number of hours worked, so that the health, morals, education, and welfare of children will be protected, and the abuse or unjust exploitation of children will be prevented (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.325et seq.; 8 AK Admin. Code Sec. 05.010et seq.).
Employers should keep in mind that in most cases both federal and state laws apply to child labor. If the laws differ, the more restrictive law applies--and these laws are very strictly enforced. There is a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.