Preparing for summer youth employment


Wage and Hour Bulletin

June 2020

Teen labor laws

Keeping teens safe at work this summer

Summer break is nearly here for Minnesota teens and many may be looking for employment. Before hiring teens, employers should review the state's child labor laws.

New child labor video

DLI has created a new video to help teen workers, parents, employers and educators learn about child labor laws. View it here

Legislature updates prohibited teen work activities 

The Minnesota Legislature modified two teen work restrictions to now allow 16- and 17-year-old employees to:

  1. operate certain power driven lawn equipment when employed by a golf course, resort, municipality or rental property owner; and
  2. operate amusement rides at fixed-site amusement parks.

View the details and conditions of this new law.

Federal youth labor laws

In addition to Minnesota's child labor laws, the U.S. Department of Labor also oversees and enforces child labor laws. Employers must follow both state and federal child labor laws.

Learn more about federal child labor laws.

DLI COVID-19 resources

The Department of Labor and Industry is continuing to update and add new COVID-19 information and resources to its website, including industry-specific guidance, FAQs and multilingual materials.


Labor Standards serves the citizens of Minnesota by providing
information about the state's wage, hour and employment laws.

Phone:  651-284-5075 or 800-342-5354