Hawaii Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Hawaii Child Labor: What you need to know

In Hawaii, workers under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. State law limits the occupations in which they may be employed and the number of hours they may work. Further distinctions are made among minors according to age, with special rules and exceptions in some groups (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 390-1et seq..
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In most cases, both federal and state laws apply to child labor, and if there is a conflict, the stricter law applies. Child labor laws are vigorously enforced. There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.
The state law does not apply to the sale or distribution of newspapers, golf caddying, certain employment in religious, charitable and nonprofit organizations, casual work at the employer's home, or employment by parents or legal guardians outside of school hours in nonhazardous occupations that do not involve adult entertainment (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 390-5).
Prohibitions. Minors under the age of 18 are barred from hazardous occupations declared hazardous by law or regulation. These include:
• Operation of most power-driven machinery, such as woodworking machines, elevators and hoisting apparatus, metal-forming and metal-punching machines, bakery machines, paper products machines, circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears
• Manufacture of brick, tile, and clay products
• Demolition, roofing, and excavation
• Mining, logging, and sawmill work
• Occupations in slaughtering, meatpacking, or rendering
• Certain hazardous agricultural work
• Occupations involving exposure to radioactive substances or ionizing radiation
• Operation of certain motor vehicles on public roads, in ...

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