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Child Labor Reminders

Human Resources and Payroll seeks to assist departments hiring minors for summer positions by providing the following general information regarding Child Labor. This is not an exhaustive list. Departments are encouraged to review the links provided for further regulations.

Child Labor Information

  • Candidates below the age of 14 are not eligible for any employment
  • Candidates between 14-16 years of age must obtain a work permit and submit it to Human Resources and Payroll. Work permits may be obtained through the school the candidate is attending, or through the Superintendent of Schools' office.
  • Candidates below the age of 18 are ineligible for regular employment

For specific guidelines regarding limits on hours worked by a minor and other topics see the Youth Employment in North Dakota brochure.

Hazardous Occupations

Employment in hazardous occupations is prohibited below the age of 18. Hazardous occupations include operating licensed motor vehicles, working with radioactive and explosive material, and operating certain power-driven machinery and hoisting apparatus. The US Department of Labor provides detailed regulations here.

Agricultural Exemption Regulations

Once a young person turns 16 years old, he or she can do any job in agriculture. This exemption includes the Research and Extension Centers. For detailed information, see the US Department of Labor website.


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8961 / Fax: (701) 231-9686
Campus address: SGC 102
Physical/delivery address: 1919 University Dr N, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 3140 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Human Resources/Payroll