Employers

Child Labor

Welcome to the Child Labor Division of the Alabama Department of Labor. The Alabama Child Labor Law was enacted to protect working minors. The law prohibits youths from working in occupations or places of employment, which could be harmful to their health or moral well being. By regulating the hours during which youths are allowed to work, the law ensures minors sufficient time to take advantage of their educational opportunities.

The Alabama Child Labor Law

Employers who wish to employ persons under 18 years of age must obtain the appropriate Child Labor Certificate(s) for each location where persons under 18 years of age are employed. A Class I Child Labor Certificate is required for the employment of 14 and 15 year old minors. A Class II Child Labor Certificate is required for the employment of 16 and 17 year old minors.

The cost of a Child Labor Certificate is $15 per business location

Record Keeping

Each employer must keep on premises an Employee Information Form, Proof of Age, and Time Records showing the number of hours worked each day, starting and ending times, and break times for each employee 18 years of age and younger. Acceptable Proof of Age: A Copy of a birth certificate, driver’s license, or identification card issued by a federal, state, or local government agency provided the ID card includes the employee’s name and date of birth. Employers who chose not to use the Employee Information Form must keep a separate file for each employee 18 and younger which includes the following information: The employee’s name, address, telephone number, date of birth, date of hire, proof of age, school of attendance, and time records.

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Child Labor Certificate

Child Labor Certificates must be posted in public view.

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Child Labor Law Information/Forms

An Eligibility to Work form is required for each 14 or 15 year old minor employed. These forms can be obtained by the minor from their school. The Eligibility to Work form must be kept in the employee’s file.

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Child Labor Enforcement
J. Adam Strickland
Inspector
334-652-4204
334-956-7391 Fax
Adam.Strickland@labor.alabama.gov