Alaska Child Farm Labor Laws Alaska Child Labor in Agriculture & Farming

Alaska law does regulate the employment of minors in the agricultural industry.

Child labor laws on Alaska and Federal levels have special provisions that apply to minors working in the agricultural industry, including working as farm hands, harvesting fruit or vegetables, etc. In many states, agricultural child labor laws focus on safety and tend to be less restrictive in terms of working hours than general child labor regulations.

In most cases, agricultural child labor laws do not apply to children working on their family's farm. Many traditionally agricultural states have less restrictive child labor laws in this area.

Alaska Agricultural Child Labor Age Restrictions

According to Alaska state law, the minimum age at which a minor may work in agriculture during school hours is 16. The minimum age at which a minor may work in agriculture outside of school hours is 14.

Minor Employment Certificate Requirements in Alaska

No employment certificate is required for minors working in agriculture under Alaska laws. Age certification is required for minors working in agriculture who are under the age of 18.

Alaska Agricultural Child Labor Restrictions on Working Hours

Maximum Working Hours for Minors Under 16

During a schoolweek up to 9 hours daily are allowed for work and school combined, 23 hours per week.

Alaska specifies the following as the maximum days per week in which a minor under 16 can perform agricultural work: If under 18 years old, 6 days per week may be worked.

Nightwork Regulations for Minors Under 16

Nightwork is prohibited for minors under age 16 during the following time windows: 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Prohibited Hazardous Agricultural Occupations for Minors

Alaska has no specific agriculture hazardous occupations. General hazardous occupations applicable under age 18 are considered as covering agriculture where applicable (e.g. working with power-driven machinery).

Other Alaska Child Labor Laws

In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the agricultural industry, Alaska law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see Alaska child labor laws.

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