Indiana Child Labor Laws


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Indiana child labor laws set forth the rules and limitations regarding the days and time children under the age of 18 years old may work in Indiana. They also clarify and limit the types of work children under the age of 14 and youth who are 14, 15, 16, and 17 year olds may work. It is also important to remember that businesses and youth workers must comply with the federal child labor laws set forth in the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Below is information about Indiana child labor law rules and limitations.

How old do you have to be to work in Indiana?

Under Indiana child labor laws, youth must be 14-years-old or older to get a job and work in Indiana with a few exceptions which include work as an actor or performer and 12 or 13-year-olds working as a referee, umpire, or official for a youth athletic program. IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment


What days can a minor work in Indiana?

Indiana child labor laws do not limit the days of the week youth may work in Indiana. However, Indiana rules limit the times during a day a minor may work. IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment


What times during the day can a minor work in Indiana?

The times during a day a minor may work in Indiana varies based on 1) whether they are under 16 year old or not, and 2) whether the work will be during school weeks or non-school weeks.

For youth that are 16-years-old and 17-years old, Indiana child labor laws restrict the times they may work before a school day to 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., unless they have the written permission of a parent to work until 11 p.m. or school is not in session, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Indiana child labor laws do not limit how late a 16 and 17-year-olds may work on day before a non-school day.

AgeDay before a school dayDay before a non-school day
What times can a 16-year-old work?6 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. with parent permission6 a.m. until undefined
What times can a 17-year-old work?6 a.m. to 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. with parent permission6 a.m. until undefined

For youth that are 14-years-old and 15-years old, Indiana child labor laws restrict the times during the day in which they work depending whether school is in session, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., or school is not in session, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

AgeSchool Weeks
(Labor Day to June 1)
Non-School Weeks
(June 1 to Labor Day)
What times can a 14-year-old work?7 a.m. until 7 p.m.7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
What times can a 15-year-old work?7 a.m. until 7 p.m.7 a.m. until 9 p.m.

IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment

The FLSA also restricts the times a youth may work each workday. When Indiana child labor laws are more restrictive than the federal laws, the Indiana rules apply.

AgeSchool Weeks
(Labor Day to June 1)
Non-School Weeks
(June 1 to Labor Day)
What times can a 14-year-old work?7 a.m. until 7 p.m.7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
What times can a 15-year-old work?7 a.m. until 7 p.m.7 a.m. until 9 p.m.
What times can a 16-year-old work?No restrictionNo restriction
What times can a 17-year-old work?No restrictionNo restriction

How many hours can a minor work each day in Indiana?

Moreover, under Indiana child labor laws, children that are 16-years-old and 17-years-old may work no more than 9 hours a day regardless of whether they work during school days or non-school days.

Moreover, under Indiana child labor laws, children that are 14-years-old and 15-years-old may work no more than 3 hours on a school day and 8 hours on a non-school day.

Max Hours Work Each DaySchool daysNon-school days
How many hours can a 14-year-old work each day?38
How many hours can a 15-year-old work each day?38
How many hours can a 16-year-old work each day?99
How many hours can a 17-year-old work each day?99

IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment

The FLSA also restricts the how many hours a youth may work each workday. When Indiana child labor laws are more restrictive than the federal laws, the Indiana rules apply.

Max Hours Work Each DaySchool daysNon-school days
How many hours can a 14-year-old work each day?38
How many hours can a 15-year-old work each day?38
How many hours can a 16-year-old work each day?No restrictionNo restriction
How many hours can a 17-year-old work each day?No restrictionNo restriction

How many hours can a minor work each week in Indiana?

Moreover, under Indiana child labor laws, children that are 16-years-old and 17-years-old may work no more than 40 hours on a school day and 48 hours on a non-school day. Also, 16 and 17-year-olds may not work more than 6 days in a workweek.

Moreover, under Indiana child labor laws, children that are 14-years-old and 15-years-old may work no more than 18 hours during a school week and 40 hours during a non-school week.

Max Hours Worked Each WorkweekSchool Weeks
(Labor Day to June 1)
Non-School Weeks
(June 1 to Labor Day)
How many hours can a 14-year-old work each day?1840
How many hours can a 15-year-old work each day?1840
How many hours can a 16-year-old work each day?4048
How many hours can a 17-year-old work each day?4048

IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment

The FLSA also restricts the how many hours a youth may work each workweek. When Indiana child labor laws are more restrictive than the federal laws, the Indiana rules apply.

Max Hours Worked Each Workweek
Federal Law
School Weeks
(Labor Day to June 1)
Federal Law
Non-School Weeks
(June 1 to Labor Day)
How many hours can a 14-year-old work each week?1840
How many hours can a 15-year-old work each week?1840
How many hours can a 16-year-old work each week?No restrictionNo restriction
How many hours can a 17-year-old work each week?No restrictionNo restriction

What kinds of jobs can a minor work in Indiana?

In Indiana and according to the FLSA, youth 14 years old and older may work in the following jobs.

Office and clerical workCooking with no open flame and/or using automatic deep fryersKitchen work
CashieringSellingModeling
Working in advertising departmentsWindow trimmingComparative shopping
Price marking by hand or machineAssembling ordersPacking and shelving
Bagging and carrying out customers’ ordersErrand and delivery workClean up work
Grounds maintenanceIntellectual or artistic workLifeguarding (15 years old only)
Work with cars and trucks (service station)

IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment, FLSA

In Indiana and according to the FLSA, youth under 16 years old may not work in the following jobs, except as part of a regular work-training program.

Manufacturing and working in workrooms where goods are manufacturedMining and working in workrooms where goods are minedProcessing and working in workrooms where goods are processed
Operating, tending setting up, adjusting, cleaning, oiling or repairing power-driven machineryCooking and BakingWork in freezers or meat coolers
Preparation of meats for saleWorking in or about boiler or engine roomsMaintaining of a building, establishment machines or equipment
Operating a motor vehicleWorking as a vehicle helperLoading a motor vehicle
Catching or cooping poultry for transport to sale or to marketTransportation of people or goodsWarehousing and storage
CommunicationsPublic messengerYouth peddling
Advertising by holding signs, waving banners or wearing costumesConstruction/Demolition/RepairUsing ladders, scaffolds or other similar equipment
Outside window washingCertain agricultural work

IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment, FLSA

In Indiana and according to the FLSA, youth under 18 years old may not work in the following hazardous occupations except when serving an apprenticeship or student-learner program.

Occupations in or about plants or establishments manufacturing or storing explosives or articles containing explosive componentsOccupations of motor-vehicle driver and outside helperCoal-mine occupations
Forest fire fighting and forest fire prevention occupations, timber tract occupations, forestry service occupations, logging occupations, and occupations in the operation of any sawmill, lath mill, shingle mill, or cooperage stock millOccupations involved in the operation of power-driven woodworking machinesExposure to radioactive substances and to ionizing radiations
Occupations involved in the operation of power-driven hoisting apparatusOccupations involved in the operations of power-driven metal forming, punching, and shearing machinesOccupations in connection with mining, other than coal
Occupations in the operation of power-driven meat-processing machines and occupations involving slaughtering, meat and poultry packing, processing, or renderingOccupations involved in the operation of bakery machinesOccupations involved in the operation of balers, compactors, and paperproducts machines
Occupations involved in the manufacture of brick, tile, and kindred productsOccupations involving the operation of circular saws, band saws, guillotine shears, chain saws, reciprocating saws, wood chippers, and abrasive cutting discsOccupations involved in wrecking, demolition, and shipbreaking operations
Occupations in roofing operations and on or about a roofOccupations in excavation operationsOccupations involved in the operation of power-driven woodworking machines
Occupations involved in the operations of power-driven metal forming, punching, and shearing machinesOccupations in the operation of power-driven meat-processing machines and occupations involving slaughtering, meat and poultry packing, processing, or renderingOccupations involved in the operation of balers, compactors, and paperproducts machines
Occupations involving the operation of circular saws, band saws, guillotine shears, chain saws, reciprocating saws, wood chippers, and abrasive cutting discsOccupations in roofing operations and on or about a roofOccupations in excavation operations

IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment, FLSA


Does a teen need to have a work permit or certificate to work in Indiana?

Indiana child labor laws do not require teens to obtain a work permit to work in Indiana. However, employers who employ 5 or more youth under 18 years olds must register with the Indiana Youth Employment System. IN Statutes 22-2-18.1, IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment

Also, teens may obtain a federal certificate of age to validate their age and employers may rely on the federal age certificate to defend themselves from claims that they employed an underage teen. FLSA Child Labor Law Age Certificates


Are youth workers entitled to rest breaks or meal breaks?

In Iowa, employers are not required to provide teens with either rest breaks or meal breaks. IN Department of Labor – Youth Employment

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