Ark. lawmakers propose children under 16 can work without certificate


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A new bill proposed by Republicans in the Arkansas General Assembly will revise child labor laws in the state and create the “Youth Hiring Act of 2023,” which will remove language stating children under 16 will need an employment certificate to work.

According to KTHV, House Bill 1410 says children under the age of 16 will no longer have to obtain an employment certificate or permission from the Division of Labor in order to be employed.

Additionally, they will no longer be required to verify proof of their age or get written consent from their parent or guardian as a condition of employment.

The bill claims the purpose of the bill is to “restore decision-making” to parents and “streamline the hiring process” for minors.

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