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Child Labor Law


Protecting Young People

The Child Labor Law exists to protect young people. It restricts employment of children under 16 years of age. Employment certificates are required to ensure that a minor is old enough to work and physically able to perform the job, and that the job will not interfere with the young person’s education or place him or her in a hazardous occupation or work environment. The law also stipulates that authorized work performed by children under age 16 be done between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. except for June 1 through Labor Day, when work is allowed until 9 p.m.

If you would like to see the law in full, please visit the Illinois Department of Labor’s Web site or call (312) 793-2800, or toll-free (800) 758-6053.