Wyoming Child Labor laws & HR compliance analysis

Wyoming Child Labor: What you need to know

In Wyoming, workers under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. State law limits the occupations in which they may be employed and the number of hours they may work. Further distinctions are made among minors according to age, with special rules and exceptions in some groups (WY Stat. Sec. 27-6-107et seq.). Employers should keep in mind that both state and federal child labor laws apply to most employers. If the laws differ, employers must comply with the provisions of the more restrictive law.
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Minors under 16. Minors under the age of 16 may not work in any occupation declared by the Department of Employment to be dangerous, injurious, hazardous, or prejudicial to the life, limb, health, safety, welfare, or morals of children. The following occupations are specifically prohibited to minors under the age of 16:
• The operation of, or working on, heavy construction equipment
• Employment requiring contact or exposure to explosives or dangerous chemicals
• Employment as an actor or performer in any facility where alcoholic beverages are sold or given away
• Employment that is illegal or immoral or is a hazard to the morals, health, or safety of minors
• Any other occupation deemed hazardous by the Department of Employment for children under 16 years of age
Children may be employed as singers or musicians in any church, school, or academy and as dishwashers, busboys, or delivery persons in places where alcoholic beverages are sold. Children may also take part in amateur entertainment for charity, or not-for-profit, in schools, churches, settlement houses, or boys' or girls' clubs.
Minors under 14. Minors under 14 years may not be gainfully employed, except for farm, ...

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