Parents of working teenagers play an important role in their teen’s safety. It is crucial that parents take an active role in keeping their teens safe. North Dakota’s Department of Labor and Human Rights has regulations that limit the type of work teenagers can do.

Parental Actions

  • Be involved in your teen’s employment, know who they are working for as well as the type of work they do. See the ND Department of Labor and Human Rights – Key Requirements section below for information on the limitations and restrictions
  • Ensure that your teenager is aware of potential safety hazards and has received adequate safety training. Make sure that your teenager knows what to do in the event of an emergency
  • Monitor your teen’s progress at work

ND Department of Labor and Human Rights - Key Requirements

  • 14- and 15-year-olds must file an Employment and Age Certificate with the Department of Labor and Human Rights in order to work
  • There are limited work hours for 14- and 15-year-olds
  • Prohibits certain hazardous employment and some employment tasks for 14- and 15-year-olds
  • Under North Dakota law there are no restrictions for persons over the age of 16. However, there are federal child labor laws for anyone under the age of 18

North Dakota Labor Laws: Youth Employment Laws
Federal Labor LawsKnow The Rules
Brochure: Youth Employment Laws in North Dakota

Resources for Safety Regulations and General Teen Safety

OSHA - Young Workers have Rights
OSHA - We Can Help 
Teen Safety: Tips for Parents