Ohio Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Ohio Child Labor: What you need to know

In Ohio, workers under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment law. The law distinguishes among minors according to age, type of occupation, and hours of work (OH Rev. Code Sec. 4109.01et seq.). The law is monitored and enforced by the Ohio Department of Commerce.
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Ohio's child labor law (OH Rev. Code Sec. 4109.06) does not apply to minors who are:
• Students working on any properly guarded machines in the manual training department of any school under the supervision of an instructor
• Students participating in a vocational program approved by the Ohio Department of Education
• Participating in a play, pageant, or concert produced by an outdoor historical drama corporation, a professional traveling theatrical production, a professional concert tour, or a personal appearance tour as a professional motion picture star, or as an actor or performer in motion pictures or in radio or television productions
• Working unpaid, with the consent of a parent or guardian, in a performance given by a church, school, or academy, or at a concert or entertainment given solely for charitable purposes, or by a charitable or religious institution
• Employed by their parents in unprohibited occupations
• Delivering newspapers to the consumer
• High school graduates or who have received a certificate of attendance from an accredited secondary school or a certificate of high school equivalence
• Currently heads of households or are parents contributing to the support of their children
• Engaged in lawn mowing, snow shoveling, and other related employment
• Employed in agriculture in connection with farms operated by their parents, grandparents, or guardians
• Students participating in a program to serve ...

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