Child Labor Law FAQ

FAQ Index


    Who must get a "work permit"?

    Work permits or employment certificates must be obtained from your local school for all minors 14 and 15 years of age before beginning work. 820 ILCS 205/9-12.

    What hours can a minor legally work?

    A 14 or 15 year old minor may NOT work:

    • before 7 a.m.
    • after 7 p.m. between Labor Day and June 1.
    • after 9 p.m. June 1 through Labor Day.
    • more than 8 hours on non-school days.
    • more than 3 hours on school days.
    • more than 24 hours during school weeks.
    • more than 48 hours during non-school weeks.
    • more than six days per week.

    820 ILCS 205/3.

    What kind of jobs are minors prohibited from performing?

    There are 26 prohibited occupations which are considered "hazardous". Minors may not work in connection with these occupations. 820 ILCS 205/7 and 56 Ill. Adm. Code 250.205-250.255.

    Do minors who are too young to attend school require a "work permit" for modeling/acting/performance work?

    Yes. All minors under the age of 16 who are working as models, actors, and in performance work must apply for and receive an employment certificate prior to performing the work. 820 ILCS 205/8 and 8.1 and 56 Ill. Adm. Code 250.305-250.315.

    Questions concerning 16 and 17 year old workers need to be directed to the U.S. Department of Labor.