Oregon Statutes - Chapter 653 - Minimum Wages; Employment Conditions; Minors - Section 653.315 - Working hours for children under 16 years of age; exceptions; mealtimes; posting notice of hours.

(1) A child under 16 years of age may not be employed for longer than 10 hours for any one day or more than six days in any one week. The Wage and Hour Commission shall issue special permits for the employment of children under 16 years of age in agriculture for longer than 10 hours for any one day when the commission determines that such hours of work will not be detrimental to the health and safety of the children so employed.

(2) A child under 16 years of age may not be employed at any work before 7 a.m. or after 6 p.m., except for a child under 16 years of age:

(a) Employed in agriculture.

(b) Employed in youth camps. As used in this paragraph, “youth camps” means those camps operated and maintained primarily for the supervised recreation and education of youth of either sex during the public school vacation periods.

(c) Employed as a newspaper carrier or vendor.

(d) Employed under a special permit that may be issued by the commission, after investigation and good cause shown therefor, in suitable work that is not detrimental to the child’s physical and moral well-being. The commission or its representatives shall investigate periodically the conditions of labor for which the special permit has been issued to determine whether or not the permit should be continued.

(e) Employed in or about private residences at domestic work, chores and child care. This exception does not extend to employment in places where child care or training is carried on as an occupation.

(3) Every child under 16 years of age is entitled to not less than 30 minutes for mealtime and the mealtime may not be included as part of the work hours of the day.

(4) Every employer of children under 16 years of age shall post, in a conspicuous place where the children are employed, a printed notice stating the maximum work hours required in one week and in every day of the week from the children. [Amended by 1957 c.419 §1; 1961 c.205 §1; 1981 c.228 §1; 1997 c.453 §1; 2005 c.154 §1]

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