Update applicable to:
All employers of workers under the age of 16
Arkansas governor signed House Bill 1410 into law, which will remove the requirement for individuals under the age of 16 to obtain a work certificate from the state Department of Labor.
What are the details?
The new law eliminates the need for children under 16 to get permission to work from the Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing in the form of an employment certificate, which verifies their age, requires a description of the kind of work they are applying for and the hours, as well as a signature from a parent or guardian. Under existing law, employers of workers under the age of 16 must obtain a work certificate issued by the Arkansas Department of Labor and Licensing (ADOLL). Employers must keep the certificate on file. Effective July 30, 2023, employers of workers under the age of 16 will no longer be required to obtain the certificate. However, employers will still need to comply with federal and state restrictions on the jobs and hours these workers can work.
House Bill 1410 takes effect on July 30, 2023.
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What do employers need to do?
Employers should continue to obtain a work certificate for workers under the age of 16 until House Bill 1410 takes effect. Retain certificates for workers who were hired prior to the effective date. Review and adjust hiring procedures to reflect the changes and train anyone involved in the hiring process on the changes and when they take effect.
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