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Indiana Department of Labor

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Child Labor Training

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Work experience can be a great benefit to teens and their employers. From work-hour restrictions to prohibited occupations, the Bureau of Child Labor administers and enforces Indiana laws regarding the employment of teens. 

Do you have a child laor law question? Contact the Bureau of Child Labor by email at childlabor@dol.in.gov.

Seasonal Employment

Seasonal businesses often provide job opportunities for minors. With seasonal employment, however, comes questions regarding what hour restrictions apply, what documentation is required and what occupations minors are simply not allowed to perform.

Each season, the Indiana Department of Labor will develop a webpage to inform employers and employees of particular laws that may affect minors in these seasonal workplaces. Please see the current list of seasonal topics below:

Candy Crews

In most cases, it is unlawful for minors under 16 years of age to peddle goods or services door to door or approach passersby. This problem is addressed in both state and federal laws and is something that we see fairly often here in Indiana. Colloquially, these mobile sales groups have come to be known as "Candy Crews."

WISH-TV 8's Adrienne Broaddus recently published a news report on this issue. The "Candy Crew" article may be found at www.in.gov/dol/2806.htm. The Indiana Department of Labor has also published a fact sheet on "Candy Crews." That fact sheet may be found online at at www.in.gov/dol/files/Youth_Peddling_Sheet_V2.pdf.

Online Work Permit System Updates

All work permits in Indiana are now issued through accredited Hoosier schools using the Online Work Permit System. The Indiana Department of Labor no longer produces or distributes paper work permits.

To assist in navigating the system, the Indiana Department of Labor has created several online tutorials explaining each aspect of using the online work permit system on our website. This information may be found on our Forms and Publications webpage. We have also added a section to our Frequently Asked Questions page explaining the statutory requirements, policies and procedures of issuing work permits online.

Teen Worker Safety

The Bureau of Child Labor  partnered with INSafe, Indiana's occupational safety and health consultation program, to provide information about teen worker safety and health.

Together, the Bureau of Child Labor and INSafe created two short training videos centered around Indiana's Child Labor laws and on the job safety.

For more information about teen labor laws and workplace safety and health, please visit the Teen Worker Safety page and our Frequently Asked Questions. For questions about Indiana's Child Labor laws, please email your inquiry to the Bureau of Child Labor at childlabor@dol.in.gov. Please contact INSafe for workplace safety and health inquiries by email at insafe@dol.in.gov or contact us by phone at (317) 232-2688 to speak with a safety or health consultant.