Rhode Island Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Rhode Island Child Labor: What you need to know

In Rhode Island, people under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment, and Rhode Island child labor law governs their work life, distinguishing among minors according to age, type of occupation, and hours of work. The law applies to employers with five or more employees and to any employer that hires a minor under the age of 16. It is the employer's responsibility under these laws to ensure that its employees are old enough to work legally at their assigned duties and during their assigned hours. Young employees performing household service or farm work are exempt from the state's child labor laws (RI Stat. Sec. 28-3-1et seq.).
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Most employers are subject to both federal and state child labor laws--and if there is a conflict, the stricter law applies.
Prohibitions. Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to sell anything from a bar used for dispensing alcoholic beverages or work in a commercial adult entertainment establishment.
Prohibitions. Employees under the age of 16 are not permitted to work in a factory, mechanical, or manufacturing establishment. They are barred from operating any of the following:
• Circular or band saws, wood shapers, wood-jointers, planers, sandpaper or wood polishing machinery
• Machines used in picking wool, cotton, fur, hair, or upholstering material
• Paper-lace machines
• Burnishing machines in a tannery or leather manufactory
• Job or cylinder printing presses using anything but foot power
• Woodturning or boring machinery
• Stamping machines used in sheet metal or tin ware manufacturing or in washer or nut factories
• Machines used in making corrugated rolls
• Steam ...

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