Alaska Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Alaska Child Labor: What you need to know

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.).
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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.
Children under the direct supervision of a parent in a business owned and operated by a parent or on a boat owned and operated by a parent are exempt from the provisions of the child labor law. Also, a minor of any age may be employed as a performer in the entertainment industry (permits are required); this includes television, film, radio, and theater productions, but does not include any form of adult entertainment. Also exempt are minors employed in domestic work and those employed in canneries casing cans under competent supervision (AK Stat. Sec. 23.10.330).
Individuals under the age of 21. Individuals under the age of 21 may not drive a school bus. In addition, they may not sell or serve alcoholic beverages. Minors aged 18 and older may work in a hotel or a restaurant where alcohol is served but may not sell or serve alcoholic beverages. Minors aged 16 and older may work in a hotel or a restaurant where alcohol is served if they have parental consent, the employer has an ...

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