Indiana Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Indiana Child Labor: What you need to know

In Indiana, 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. Employers subject to coverage by both state and federal child labor laws must comply with the more stringent provision.
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Because child labor law is complex, specific, and extensive, employers should consult the state Department of Labor before employing minors in uncommon occupations or during unusual hours (IN Code Sec. 20-33-3-1et seq.).
Individuals under the age of 21. Individuals under the age of 21 may not transport passengers in public transit. They may not work where alcoholic beverages are sold in any job that involves the sale or handling of alcohol. However, individuals under the age of 21 but over 18 may ring up sales of alcoholic beverages. Individuals who are at least 19 years old may serve alcohol in a restaurant if they are employed as servers and have successfully completed an alcohol server training program and if they are supervised by an adult who has also completed an alcohol server training program. Individuals under the age of 21 may not work as bartenders.
Minors under the age of 18. No child under the age of 18 may work in any occupation considered hazardous under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Also closed to these minors are the following types of work:
• Jobs in public pool halls and billiard rooms
• Motor vehicle drivers
• Oiling and cleaning moving machinery
• Manufacturing or packing tobacco
• Dipping, dyeing, or packing matches; working where explosives are ...

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