Do child labor laws apply to 18-year olds who are still in high school?

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A. No. Once a minor turns 18, none of the child labor laws apply, even if the person is still a student. Q. Are the child labor laws any different if you are hiring your own son or daughter? A. Work permit requirements, hours limitations and prohibited occupations rules apply even when hiring family members. Q. Do OSHA regulations apply to minors? A. Yes. OSHA regulations apply to workers regardless of age. Q. If an employer complies with Maine law, does that guarantee compliance with Federal law, or vice versa? A. Not in all cases. The law that is most restrictive and protects the employee the most is the one that applies. Q. Can 14- or 15-year olds have more than one job? A. 14- and 15-year olds need work permits in order to work. They are allowed one work permit during the school year and two in the summer. Q. If a 14- or 15-year old changes jobs, does he or she need a new work permit? A. Yes. A work permit is valid only for the occupation and business for which it is approved. Q. ... more
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