Louisiana Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Louisiana Child Labor: What you need to know

In Louisiana, 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.
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Both state and federal child labor laws apply to most employers. Employers must comply with the provisions of the more restrictive law.
These laws are vigorously enforced. Because child labor law is complex, specific, and extensive, employers should consult the state labor department before employing minors in uncommon occupations or during unusual hours (LA Rev. Stat. Sec. 23:151et seq.).
Minors under the age of 18. Among the occupations closed to minors under the age of 18 are jobs in mines or quarries; in iron or steel manufacturing; in shipbuilding and shipbreaking; in roofing; brick, tile, and clay-making; and in demolition and excavating. Also closed to minors are jobs involving:
• Explosives or radioactive substances
• Slaughtering, meat packing, or processing
• Foundry, smelting, and heat-treating work
• Operation and maintenance of most power-driven woodworking and metal-forming machinery, power-driven saws and guillotine shears, power-driven paper products machines, and power-driven bakery machines
They are also prohibited from jobs that involve:
• Logging
• Welding
• Working near sawmills or paper, lath, or cooperage mills
• Operating motor vehicles used for commercial or industrial purposes
• Operating freight elevators and hoisting machines
• Spray painting
• Mining and work where stonecutting or polishing is done
• Exposure to lead or other dangerous chemicals
• Selling alcoholic beverages and ...

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