District of Columbia Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

District of Columbia Child Labor: What you need to know

In the District of Columbia, people under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. The District's child labor laws distinguish among minors according to age, type of occupation, and hours of work (DC Code Sec. 32-201 et seq.). Both federal and D.C. child labor laws apply to most employers--and if there is a conflict, the more protective standard applies.
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Employees under the age of 18 are forbidden to work in any occupation that is dangerous or prejudicial to the life, health, safety, or welfare of such minor. They are specifically prohibited from operating any freight or nonautomatic elevator or from working in a quarry, tunnel, or in excavation.
Employees under the age of 16 are barred from operating, cleaning, or assisting with any power-driven machinery or in wiping, oiling, or cleaning any machinery, except as part of a vocational education program run by the Board of Education. They may not stuff newspapers or work in street trades without a street-trades badge, which must be worn in plain sight while the minor is working (DC Code Sec. 32-204 ).
Children under the age of 14 may not work in any gainful occupation, except for housework in the home of the minor's parent or guardian; or agricultural work in connection with their own home and directly for their parents or legal guardians. They may not work during school hours (DC Code Sec. 32-201 ).
Children who are at least 10 years of age may deliver or sell newspapers on a fixed route outside of school hours. No ...

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District of Columbia Child Labor Resources

Type Title
Checklists Teen Worker Safety Checklist
Forms Physician's Certificate for Minor Work Permit
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