In Oregon, people under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. Generally, a minor must be at least 14 years of age to work in Oregon. The state child labor law requires employers to provide a sanitary and safe workplace, including washrooms and toilets, adequate lighting, and ventilation. Employers of minors must be in compliance with the state Safe Employment Act, wage payment laws, and all other state and federal employment laws.
The state law distinguishes among minors according to age, type of occupation, daytime and nighttime work, and number of hours worked. However, there are many exceptions to these requirements depending upon the type of work that is done, the season, the time of the school year or the week, and the worker's school status or training. Because Oregon child labor law is both complex and extensive, employers wishing to employ minors in occupations in which they are not familiar with the restrictions and requirements should consult the Bureau of Labor and Industries before hiring (OR Rev. Stat. Sec. 653.305et seq., Wage & Hour Cmmsn. Rules Sec. 839-21-0001et seq.). In most cases, both federal and state law apply to child labor. If there is a conflict, the more restrictive standard applies--and these laws are very strictly enforced. There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.