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181A.04 MINIMUM AGE AND MAXIMUM HOURS.
    Subdivision 1. Minimum age. No minors under the age of 14 shall be permitted employment
in this state except as authorized by section 181A.07.
    Subd. 2. During school. On school days, during school hours, no minor under the age of 16
years shall be permitted employment except as provided in section 181A.05.
    Subd. 3. Time of day, under 16. No minor under the age of 16 shall be permitted to work
any day before 7:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m.
    Subd. 4. Maximum hours. No employer shall be permitted to work a minor under the age of
16 more than 40 hours a week or more than eight hours in any 24-hour period.
    Subd. 5. Hazardous occupations. No minor under the age of 18 shall be permitted to
work in any occupation which the commissioner shall find to be particularly hazardous for the
employment of children under 18 years of age or detrimental to their well-being. A list of such
occupations shall be established and promulgated by rule pursuant to section 181A.09.
    Subd. 6. Time of day, under 18. A high school student under the age of 18 must not be
permitted to work after 11:00 p.m. on an evening before a school day or before 5:00 a.m. on a
school day, except as permitted by section 181A.07, subdivisions 1, 2, 3, and 4. If a high school
student under the age of 18 has supplied the employer with a note signed by the parent or guardian
of the student, the student may be permitted to work until 11:30 p.m. on the evening before a
school day and beginning at 4:30 a.m. on a school day.
For the purpose of this subdivision, a high school student does not include a student enrolled
in an alternative education program approved by the commissioner of education or an area
learning center, including area learning centers under sections 123A.05 to 123A.08 or according
to section 122A.163.
History: 1974 c 432 s 4; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1Sp1985 c 13 s 294; 1993 c 261 s 1; 1994 c 465
art 2 s 1; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3; 1998 c 398 art 5 s 55; 2000 c 489 art 10 s 18; 2003 c 130 s 12