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When Can Kids Work?

Child labor refers to the employment of anyone under the age of 18 in any type of business. Minors may be employed only in certain types of work until they turn 18 and are no longer subject to the law. They may also be employed only during certain hours of the day and of the week. The time of day and types of employment in which they are allowed to work depend on both the age of the minor and whether or not school is in session during the period of their employment. Every employer is responsible for having a work permit on file for a given minor before allowing that same minor to work in his or her establishment. The employer is also responsible for making sure that minors work only the hours allowed. Enforced by a complaint to the Equal Rights Division within 2 years or through circuit court.

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