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PG-15 Employment of Minors

Policy:  PG-15
Subject:  Employment of Minors
Approval Date: 07/01/85
Revision Date: 03/26/87


To comply with state legislation governing the employment of minors.


For the purpose of this policy, a minor is defined as anyone who is between his/her 16th and 18th birthdays.


Regular and nonregular employment at the University is available only to a person who has reached the 16th birthday.  A person under 16 years of age is not permitted to work for the University under any circumstances.


No minor age 16 or 17 may work before 8:00 a.m. Such minor shall not work after 11:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday; 1:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday when school is in session.  In addition, such minor when school is in session shall not work more than six hours per day, Monday through Friday, or eight hours per day Saturday and Sunday or a total of 40 hours per week.  There is no maximum number of work hours when school is not in session.


Proof of age is required if there is doubt that an individual has not attained the 16th birthday.  Such proof can be obtained by the minor from the minor's school district.  Anything indicating race or national origin should not be obtained.


Each area employing minors shall retain a separate register containing the names and addresses of minors employed, the starting and stopping times of their work each day, and the beginning and ending times of meal periods.  These records shall be available at any time upon demand by any authorized representative.  An abstract of the Kentucky Child Labor Law indicating hours restrictions and prohibited occupations shall be posted in each area where minors work.


The following occupations are prohibited by law for all minors under 18 years of age:

  1. Occupations in or about plants or establishments manufacturing or storing explosives or articles containing explosive components.
  2. Motor vehicle driver and outside helper.
  3. Coal mine occupations.
  4. Logging or sawmill operations.
  5. Operation of power-driven woodworking machines.
  6. Exposure to radioactive substances.
  7. Operation of power-driven hoisting apparatus.
  8. Operation of power-driven metal forming,  punching, and shearing machines.
  9. Mining, other than coal.
  10. Slaughtering, meat packing or processing, rendering.
  11. Operation of bakery machines.
  12. Operation of paper products machines.
  13. Manufacture of brick, tile, and kindred products.
  14. Operation of circular saws, band saws, and guillotine shears.
  15. Wrecking, demolition, and shipbreaking operations.
  16. Roofing operations.
  17. Excavating operations. 
  18. In, about, or in connection with any establishment where alcoholic liquors are distilled, rectified, compounded, brewed, manufactured, bottled, sold for consumption, or dispensed.
  19. Pool or billiard room.

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