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Minnesota Amends Certain Child Labor Provisions

Amended Law Effective August 1, 2017

An amended law, effective August 1, 2017, makes certain changes to Minnesota's child labor provisions regarding the times that certain high school students may work.

Amended Law
A high school student 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 state child labor law (subdivisions 1-4); or
  • For a high school student age 18 or older, if the student provides a written request to the employer to work during the restricted hours.

Background
Under existing law unchanged by the amendments above, 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 purposes of the law (including the amended law), 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 section: section: 123A.05 - 123A.08 or according to section: 122A.163 of the Minnesota statutes.

Click here to read the text of the amended law.


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