The teenage years are an important part of everyone's lives. A greater discovery of the world takes place and the march towards adulthood begins. One of the first great experiences during this time is the first job. Responsibility, timeliness, honesty, teamwork, resourcefulness, the ability to communicate, decisiveness and confidence are all elements of that first paycheck. The Missouri Division of Labor Standards closely works with Missouri employers, parents and school superintendents to ensure young workers are safe and healthy while on the job.
The Missouri Division of Labor Standards provides Missouri employers, parents, school officials, and youth information about workplace safety and health program management, child labor laws, and youth and employer rights and responsibilities by conducting presentations. Missouri's Child Labor Law applies to youth under the age of 16. Youth under 14 years of age generally are not permitted to work at any job (other than in entertainment or casual jobs) at any time. Youth who are 14 or 15 generally are permitted to work, but their work (as well as the work of all children in the entertainment industry) is subject to several restrictions. Read Missouri Law (RSMo 294) regarding child labor.