South Dakota Child Labor in Agriculture & Farming
Child labor laws on South Dakota 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.
South Dakota Agricultural Child Labor Age RestrictionsAccording to South Dakota state law, there are no age restrictions for minors working in agriculture during school hours. There are no age restrictions for minors working in agriculture outside of school hours.
Minor Employment Certificate Requirements in South DakotaNo employment certificate is required for minors working in agriculture under South Dakota laws. No age certification is required for minors working in agriculture under South Dakota laws.
South Dakota Agricultural Child Labor Restrictions on Working Hours
Maximum Working Hours for Minors Under 16
Up to 8 hours per day and 40 per week may be worked during school vacation. When school is in session, up to 4 hours per day and 20 per week may be worked.
South Dakota does not specify any limitations on the number of days per week that can be worked by minors under 16 who are engaged in agricultural work.
Nightwork Regulations for Minors Under 16
Nightwork is prohibited for minors under age 16 during the following time windows: After 10 p.m. before schoolday
Prohibited Hazardous Agricultural Occupations for Minors
South Dakota does not specify any specific prohibited hazardous occupations for minors engaged in agricultural work. However, Federal child labor regulations do specify such prohibited occupations.
Other South Dakota Child Labor Laws
In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the agricultural industry, South Dakota law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see South Dakota child labor laws.