New Teen Work Hour Restrictions for Indiana

Indiana’s Department of Labor has issued an update to the Teen Work Hour Restrictions notice, which provides the maximum hours’ minors are permitted to work and on which days of the week.

As stated in the notice, only employers who hire minors who are 14, 15, 16, or 17 years of age are required to post the notice in their workplaces.

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What’s New for 14 and 15-Year-Olds’?

The notice now includes a chart showing the difference between work hours under Indiana law and federal law for minors who are age 14 and 15. Employers are encouraged to compare the federal and state laws in the chart.

Under state law, 14- and 15-year-olds’ may now work 8 hours on Fridays that are school days, and until 10:00 p.m. on nights not followed by a school day.

Employers should also be aware that the Department of Labor recommends employers contact an attorney prior to allowing 14 and 15-year-olds’ to work these extended hours.

What’s New for 16 and 17-Year-Olds’?

The following work hours for minors age 16 and 17, which exceed the number of hours permitted under a work permit, now require written parental permission:

  • 9 hours per day (ages 16 & 17)
  • 40 hours per school week (ages 16 & 17)
  • 48 hours per non-school week (ages 16 & 17)
  • Until 11:00 p.m. on nights followed by a school day (age 16)
  • Until 12:00 a.m. on nights not followed by a school day (age 16)
  • Until 11:30 p.m. on nights followed by a school day (age 17)
  • Until 1:00 a.m. on nights followed by a school day, but no more than twice per week and not consecutively (age 17)

What’s New for All Minors?

The break requirements for minors under the age of 18 who work 6 hours or more have changed. Previously, minors could take either two 15-minute breaks or one 30-minute break. Now, minors may take one or two breaks totaling 30 minutes.

Need More Information?

For questions related to the updates, or teen work hours in general, we have provided the following contact information for the Indiana Department of Labor/Bureau of Child Labor:

  • Phone: (317) 232-2655
  • Fax: (317) 233-3790
  • TT Voice: (800) 743-3333
  • Email: [email protected]

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If you order our 1-Year Compliance Plan, you will automatically receive the updated Indiana poster as soon as it is ready. And because we provide free poster updates for mandatory changes, no matter how many occur during the 12-month period, you can always count on Poster Compliance Center to keep your business in compliance!