In Oklahoma, people under the age of 16 are considered minors for purposes of employment. The provisions of the child labor law distinguish among minors according to age, type of occupation, day and nighttime work, and number of hours worked. Because the law is complex and extensive, employers wishing to employ minors in occupations that may be questionable should consult the state Department of Labor (OK Stat. Tit. 40 Sec. 71et seq.).
Both federal and state law apply to child labor. If there is a conflict, the more protective standard applies. Both the state and federal child labor laws are very strictly enforced. A comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws is available.