Idaho Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Idaho Child Labor: What you need to know

In Idaho, 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 and times during the day they may work. Further restrictions on minors are made based on age (ID Code Sec. 44-1301et seq.).
Employers should keep in mind that in most cases both federal and state laws apply to child labor. If there is a conflict, the more stringent standard applies--and these laws are strictly enforced.
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Workers under 16. Minors under the age of 16 may work between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. for no more than 9 hours a day, 54 hours a week. They may not work during the hours when public schools are in session unless they can read and write simple English sentences and have studied spelling, grammar, geography, and arithmetic--up to and including fractions--or they have similar ability levels in another language (ID Code Sec. 44-1302, ID Code Sec. 44-1304).
Workers under 14. Minors under 14 years of age may work between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., but not during the hours when public schools are in session. They may work for no more than 9 hours a day, 54 hours a week. A student may be employed for 10 hours a week by the public school in the district in which the child lives. The work must be voluntary and with the consent of the student's legal guardian (ID Code Sec. 44-1301).
Workers over 12. During regular public school vacations of 2 weeks or more, children over the age of 12 may work at the occupations and during the hours permitted for 14-year-old minors.
Minors under 18. Workers under the age of 18 may not work as school bus drivers (ID Code Sec. 33-1509). They may not sell or distribute tobacco ...

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