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Employment of Minors

On May 17, 2017, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed legislation (S.F. 1457) specifying that a high school student must not be permitted to work after 11 p.m. on a school night or before 5 a.m. on a school day, except under either the following conditions:

  • As permitted by Stat. § 181A.07 (agricultural operations, entertainers and models, newspaper carries, and home chores or babysitters).
  • For a high school student age 18 or older, if he or she provides a written request to the employer to work during the restricted hours. Alternatively, if the student is under 18 and provides the employer with a signed note from his or her parent, then he or she may work until 11:30 p.m. on a school night or begin work at 4:30 a.m. on a school day.

Under these provisions, the definition of a high school student does not include a student enrolled in an approved alternative education program or an area learning center.

The law is effective August 1, 2018.

Read MN S.F. 1457