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Policies & Procedures - Minimum Age Provisions

THE LANGUAGE USED IN THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CREATE AN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT BETWEEN THE EMPLOYEE AND THE AGENCY. THIS DOCUMENT DOES NOT CREATE ANY CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS OR ENTITLEMENTS. THE AGENCY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE THE CONTENT OF THIS DOCUMENT, IN WHOLE OR IN PART. NO PROMISES OR ASSURANCES, WHETHER WRITTEN OR ORAL, WHICH ARE CONTRARY TO OR INCONSISTENT WITH THE TERMS OF THIS PARAGRAPH CREATE ANY CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Sixteen years is the minimum age for most employment covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act. This includes employment in agriculture during school hours or in any occupation in agriculture not declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor.

Eighteen years is the minimum age for employment in an occupation declared hazardous by the Secretary of Labor. Of particular interest are Hazardous Orders prohibiting the employment of minors 16 and 17 years of age as motor vehicle drivers and outside helpers, operators of elevators and in occupations involving the operation of certain power driven, woodworking, and bakery machines. The SC Child Labor Regulations Summary provides a summary of restrictions under the Hazardous Occupation Codes.

Age Criteria:

The employment of all persons under the age of eighteen (18) years will be in compliance with the regulations of the U.S. Department of Labor and applicable labor laws of the State of South Carolina. Persons under the age of eighteen (18) years may be employed only upon the approval of the Director of Human Resources.

South Carolina labor laws cover a variety of prohibitions related to the minimum age of workers, depending upon the nature of the work, the degree of hazard and the requirements of special occupations. Questions about child labor laws should be addressed to the Human Resources Department.

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