The Illinois Child Labor Law Poster is an important part of any Illinois employers’ posting system at their workplaces across the state. But by no means is the Illinois Child Labor Law Poster the only posting that employers should be worried about.
No way. I’ve gone over this with you before, but on this important matter, I’m willing to step up to the plate and discuss it one more time. There are six federal postings in the Illinois labor law poster, not to mention seven state postings.
These state postings—of which the Illinois Child Labor Law Poster is just part of one—are the Emergency Care posting, the Victim’s Economic Security and Safety Act posting, the Equal Pay Act of 2003 posting, the Unemployment Insurance posting, the Right-To-Know posting, the Minimum Wage posting, and the Workers’ Compensation posting.
The Illinois Child Labor Law Poster is but part of the minimum wage posting, or the posting that goes over all of the wage and labor laws in the state. In fact, the labor laws on the Illinois Child Labor Law Poster are but just one of 26 laws that the Illinois Department of Labor is responsible for upholding. So employers, you got your work cut out for you.
But you know that already probably. So why rub it in your face? Instead, I’ll talk directly to the Illinois Child Labor Law Poster. It covers laws in the state about workers under the age of 16. It protects these minors by requiring them to have employment certificates confirming their ages, and forbidding that they work in certain dangerous or unsavory jobs.
The Illinois Child Labor Law Poster also talks about how state law limits them from working any time before 7 am and after 7 pm. In the summer, however, the hours are extended until 9 pm from June 1 to Labor Day.
While many states have specific laws regulating the employment of all minors under the age of 18, I think it is interesting to note that the state of Illinois only has specific regulations pertaining to the employment of 14 and 15 year olds. All 16 and 17 year old workers are regulated only by federal law, and the state government in Illinois does not add to this.
Like many state laws I have reviewed, Illinois law does require work permits for minors under the age of 16. These permits are obtained from the minor’s school. Even minors under the age of 14 who perform modeling or acting work need to get a permit.
The Child labor law of Illinois is very similar to the Federal law in terms of work hours for 14 and 15 year old workers. While school is in session, minors of this age may not work during school hours. They are allowed to work up to three hours per day on school days, but this work must be between the hours of 7am and 7pm. The total hours per week must not exceed 24. During the summer months (defined as June 1st through Labor Day), a 14 or 15 year old minor may work between 7am and 9pm. However, a minor of this age may still work no more than 48 hours per week or 8 hours per day during the summer months. Minors may also not work more than 6 days per week anytime throughout the year.
Of course, Illinois law does restrict the types of jobs that minors are prohibited from having. The state code lists 26 specific hazardous occupations that minors under 16 may not engage in. Many of these are similar to the federal prohibitions for minors of that age. Some worth pointing out include that 14 and 15 year olds in Illinois may not be employed in bowling alleys, skating rinks or as a hotel bell-hop.
The Illinois child labor laws are currently reflected along with the most recent federal laws on the Illinois Complete Labor Law poster.
The Illinois Child Labor Law regulates the employment of minors under the age of 16 by determining when they can work, at what jobs, and for how long.
I read that when school is in session, children 14 and 15 years of age may work up to 3 hours per day, up to 24 hours per week, and the combined hours of school and work may not exceed 8 hours per day. 2. When school is not in session (including summer vacations, holidays and weekends), children under the age of 16 may not work more than 8 hours per day, more than 6 days per week; nor more than 48 hours per week.
Daily hours of work may not be before 7:00 AM or after 7:00 PM except between June 1st and Labor Day when working hours may be extended to 9:00 PM. A scheduled meal period of at least thirty (30) minutes must be provided after the fifth consecutive hour of work.
Employers of minors must post a schedule stating the hours of work and time of the lunch period. The employer must also furnish any minor they intend to employ with a statement describing the specific nature of the work to be performed and the hours and days the minor is to work.
The child may not work in hazardous occupations, including power machinery, manufacturing equipment, explosives, mining, logging, construction, and potentially harmful chemicals. Surprisingly, however, I noticed that Illinois has specifically banned children from working at or in a public messenger or delivery service, bowling alley, pool room, billiard room, skating rink (except an ice skating rink owned and operated by a school or unit of local government); exhibition park or place of amusement, garage or as a bell boy in any hotel or rooming house.
The Child Labor Law does not apply to the sale and distribution of magazines and newspapers at hours when school is not in session; or to the employment of a minor outside school hours in and around a home of an employer when the work is not business related; or work of the minor, 13 or more years of age in caddying at a golf course or as an official at certain sports activities. 14 and 15 year olds may also work in offices or other nonhazardous workplaces.
Employers must post the Child Labor Law poster in their place of business. The Illinois Complete Labor Law poster reflects all of the current child labor laws alongside the federal labor laws.