Utah Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Utah Child Labor: What you need to know

In Utah people under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. The Utah child labor statutes distinguish among minors according to age, type of occupation, and hours of work (UT Code Sec. 34-23-201 et seq. and UT Admin. Code Sec. R610-2-1et seq.).
In most cases both federal and state laws apply to child labor--and if there is a conflict, the stricter law applies. There is a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.
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Because Utah child labor law is both complex and extensive, employers wishing to employ minors in occupations for which they are not familiar with restrictions and requirements should consult the Utah Antidiscrimination and Labor Division (UALD) of the state labor commission before hiring.
Exceptions. With the consent of a minor's parent, no specific age limitations are imposed for home chores, other work done for a parent, casual work not determined as harmful, agricultural work, apprenticeships, vocational training, rehabilitation programs approved by the labor commission, or work for which the Division has given specific authorization.
Prohibitions. Employees under the age of 18 may not work in any occupation deemed hazardous by the U.S. Department of Labor, except under close supervision in connection with an approved training program (UT Code Sec. 34-23-201 ).
Children over the age of 16 are exempt from child labor permission if the employment does not endanger health and safety and the person has a high school diploma, school release certificate, or is legally married, or head of a household. They may work in occupations involving the use of motor vehicles if the minor is licensed to operate a motor ...

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