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Indiana Child Labor Laws Indiana Child Labor Laws 2019

Child labor laws on Indiana and <a href="/federal/child-labor-laws">Federal</a> levels exist to prevent the exploitation of minors for labor, and ensure that education is prioritized over work. Limitations on child labor vary by age, and may include restrictions on the types of work that can be done, maximum hours that may be worked, and limitations on late or overnight work.

Regulation of child labor may include the use of Employment Certificates issued by the minor's school or the state Labor Department, and/or an Age Certification document that verifies the minor's age for work purposes. This page details Indiana's child labor law regulations.

Mandatory Employment & Age Certification for Minors

Employment Certificates in Indiana

Employment Certificates, also known as Work Permits, are mandatory in Indiana for minors under 18. The certificate must be acquired by the minor and presented to their employer to verify their ability to work before they are hired.

Acquiring an Indiana Employment Certificate:

In Indiana, minors can obtain an Employment Certificate both through the Indiana Department of Labor and through their school, generally by contacting a guidance counselor or school administrator. An Employment Certificate will be issued if the minor meets all of the state's criteria for employment.


Age Certification in Indiana

Age certification is a process through which minors provide proof of their age to a prospective employer, which helps ensure that all child labor laws mandated for their age bracket are followed.

Age certification is not required in Indiana, but an age certificate is required by law to be provided on request for minors 18 to 21.

Acquiring an Age Certificate in Indiana:

In Indiana, minors can obtain age certification both through the Indiana Department of Labor and through their school, generally by contacting a guidance counselor or school administrator.

Minor Working Hour Restrictions in Indiana

Minors who are authorized to work in Indiana are subject to restrictions on when they can work, and how many hours they can work. The exact restrictions in effect depend on the age of the minor, and are designed to ensure that work does not interfere with the minor's schooling.


Maximum Hours of Work for Minors

Working hour restrictions limit how many hours a minor may work per day, and per week.

For Minors Under 16:

Maximum hours/days when school is not in session: 8 hours daily / 40 hours weekly/ 6 days weekly.

Maximum hours/days when school is in session: 3 hours daily/ 18 hours weekly.

For Minors Ages 16 and 17:

8 hours of work per day, 30 per week, 6 days per week are permitted during schoolweek (up to 40 hours per week with written parental permission), except if not enrolled in school.

9 hours of work per day, 30 per week (48 with written parental permission) are allowed during non-school weeks. This applies only to minors enrolled in school


Nightwork Restrictions for Minors

Nightwork restrictions set limits on how late a minor can legally work.

For Minors Under 16:

Work is prohibited during these hours: 7 p.m. (9 p.m. June 1 through Labor Day) to 7 a.m.

For Minors Ages 16 and 17:

Work is prohibited during these hours: 10 p.m. (midnight before non-school day with written parental permission) to 6 a.m., minors of 16 enrolled in school. 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. before school day, minors of 17 (11:30 p.m. with written parental permission or 1 a.m. with written parental permission up to 2 non-consecutive nights per week).

Special Child Labor Laws in Indiana

In addition to laws requiring work certificates or age verification for general employment of minors, most states have special regulations governing the employment of minors in agriculture (such as farm work and harvesting), and the entertainment industry (including child actors, models, and performers).

To learn about these special child labor laws in Indiana, see the following pages.

On a Federal level, child labor is regulated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Minors and students may additionally be subject to special labor law regulations regarding minimum wage, meal and break periods while working, and more.


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