Child Labor Laws
Child labor standards addressing hours limitations, authorized employment service types, workplace conditions, and minimum wage requirements applicable to minors under eighteen are defined at both the State and Federal level. In cases where Federal and State law conflict the rule providing youth with the most protection governs.
In Kansas a child must be at least fourteen years of age to be authorized for employment. For those employers covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA encompasses most employers) a child can work between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Hours are extended until 9:00 p.m. during the period from June 1st through Labor Day. Children under age eighteen are not allowed to work in hazardous occupations, which are defined the same at the state and federal level. Children under age sixteen can work up to 3 hours/day, 18 hours/week during a school week and 8 hours/day, 40 hours/week during a non-school week.
This page contains short descriptions of and links to the Fair Labor Standards Act, U.S. Department of Labor FLSA Compliance Assistance Tools, USDOL's "YouthRules!" Initiative, Kansas Child Labor Laws and interpreting administrative regulations, the Kansas Department of Labor's "Child Labor Laws" web page, and the Kansas Department of Labor's Child Labor Poster.
Fair Labor Standards Act (29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.)
The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law enacted in 1938 currently administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hours division that establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, record keeping, and youth employment standards for full and part-time employees in both the private and public sector. The Fair Labor Standards Act can be accessed by clicking here.
U.S. Dept. of Labor - FLSA Compliance Assistance
The U.S. Department of Labor's web page contains a handy FLSA Compliance Assistance section that includes: a Fair Labor Standards Act overview, opinion letters, field handbooks, bulletins, e-advisories, presentations, reference guides, facts sheets, and required posters. The U.S. Dept. of Labor's Compliance Assistance page can be accessed by clicking here.
U.S. Dept. of Labor's "YouthRules"! Initiative
"YouthRules!" is a U.S. Dept. of Labor initiative launched in 2002 to facilitate and promote positive work experiences for young people and educate the public about federal and state child labor laws. The "YouthRules!" web page is a gateway to federal/state child labor laws, compliance assistance tools, and affiliated youth service organizations. The U.S. Dept. of Labor's "YouthRules!" webpage can be accessed by clicking here.
Kansas Administrative Regulations
The Kansas Department of Labor has published administrative regulations defining permitted and prohibited occupations for minors in Kansas. Both regulations are listed below.
-K.A.R. 49-1-69 (Permitted Occupations for Fourteen and Fifteen Year Old Minors)
Kansas Administrative Regulation 49-1-69 defines permitted occupations for fourteen and fifteen year old minors in retail, food service, and gasoline service establishments. Such occupations include: office/clerical work, cashiering, window trimming, price marking, orders assembly, packing, shelving, bagging, errand delivery, cleanup work, courtesy service, etc. The regulation's full text can be accessed by clicking here.
-K.A.R. 49-1-70 (Prohibited Occupations for Fourteen and Fifteen Year Old Minors)
Kansas Administrative Regulation 49-1-70 specifies prohibited occupations for fourteen and fifteen year old minors in any other place of employment. Prohibited occupations include manufacturing, mining, commercial processing, transportation, warehousing, communications, public utilities, retail/food service operations involving specifically prohibited activities such as maintenance/repair, outside window washing, cooking, operating food slicers/grinders, working in freezers/meat coolers, etc. The regulation's full text can be accessed by clicking here.
Kansas Dept. of Labor's Child Labor Laws Page
The Kansas Department of Labor's website contains a "Child Labor Laws" link that contains a question and answer summary for parents and employers, instructions regarding proper procedures for filing a child labor complaint, Kansas Department of Labor Employment Standards contact information, and links to additional resources. The Kansas Department of Labor's "Child Labor Laws" webpage can be accessed by clicking here.
Kansas Dept. of Labor's Child Labor Poster
The Kansas Department of Labor has issued a "Child Labor - Hours Notification" Poster that states work hour limitations, workplace restrictions, and work permit requirements for children under sixteen years of age. Every organization not covered under Federal Child Labor laws and employing children under sixteen years of age is required to display the poster in a conspicuous location near the principal entrance. The "Hours Notification" Poster can be accessed by clicking here.