Are Minors Prohibited From Any Specific Occupations?

A child under the age of 14 is generally not permitted to work except on school vacations when they are employed by their parents or guardians in occupations owned or controlled by them. A child under 16 years is not permitted to work in any occupation dangerous to the life and limb, or injurious to the health and morals of the child, or in any saloon, resort, or bar where intoxicating liquors of any kind are sold or dispensed.

For specific occupations prohibited for minors under age 16, click here and here.

There are a number of exceptions or restrictions to these general rules dealing with such things as the sale or handling of alcohol; work in the entertainment industry; and delivery of newspapers. For more specific information, write or call the Arkansas Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division at (501) 682­4501, or visit their web page.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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