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Most Common Employment Law Issues:

Can I Hire a Person Under 18 to Work for Me?

It depends on the type of job. The U.S. Department of Labor has laid out age-dependent regulations for hiring workers for a typical job that does not involve any potential hazardous working conditions for the employees:

What about Hiring a Minor (under 18 Years Old) for a Job that Involves Hazardous Working Conditions?

The U.S. Department of Labor has severely limited the type of environment in which a minor can work. A person under 18 cannot work in any of the following conditions:

Special Regulations for Agricultural Work

Generally the rules for a minor working in an agricultural occupation tend to be a little less strict. A 16+ years old person can do any kind of agricultural work regardless of whether it is hazardous or not, and children as young as 10 or 11 can be hired to do work under special conditions and a waiver from the U.S. Department of Labor.

What Should I Do if I Have Been Accused of Illegally Employing Underage Workers?

You should immediately seek a criminal defense attorney, as illegal child labor can be considered a criminal offense. A criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights and potential defenses, and help you navigate the complex criminal legal system.

What Can I Do if I Know of an Employer Illegally Hiring Young Workers Under Dangerous Conditions?

You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor and also inform local authorities such as the police. If your child is being illegally employed under dangerous conditions you may want to seek an employment attorney because your child may be entitled to damages in a lawsuit for any harm done while working for the employer.

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Last Modified: 05-19-2015 03:32 PM PDT

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