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Child Labor: Illinois

Child Labor requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline, Jenie Van Hampton and Stacey Smiricky, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Illinois's Child Labor Law regulates the employment of minors under age 16 and includes provisions regarding hazardous occupations, work hour limitations and required meal breaks. See Prohibited Occupations, Hours of Work and Break Periods
  • Illinois state law allows minors to work more hours per week than the federal law's 18-hour limit. See Hours of Work.
  • Illinois requires employers hiring minors under 16 years of age to obtain an employment certificate and make it available for inspection by the Illinois Department of Labor. See Employment Certificates.