The Commission has adopted by rule the federal regulations governing the employment of 16 and 17year olds in occupations declared hazardous by the U.S. Department of Labor. These socalled Hazardous Orders are outlined later in this in paper. A 1995 amendment to the Texas Labor Code has eased the restriction on the hazardous occupation of driving. Under state, but not federal law, a person may employ a child to operate a motor vehicle for a commercial purpose if the child:
- has a valid driver's license;
- does not need a commercial license to perform the job;
- operates a vehicle with no more than two axles and not in excess of 15,000 pounds gross vehicle weight; and
- performs the job:
- under the direct supervision of the child's parent; and
- for a business owned or operated by the child's parent.
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