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Illinois Child Labor

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act sets the minimum age for employment at 14. It also limits the number of hours worked by minors under the age of 16 and prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from working in hazardous occupations, as determined by the Department of Labor.

In addition to the federal standards, employers in Illinois that employ minors under the age of 16 must comply with Illinois’ Child Labor Law. Illinois law regulates the employment of workers under 16 years of age. When both the Illinois Child Labor Law and the Fair Labor Standards Act child labor provisions overlap, the law providing the broadest protection to minors will prevail.

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