Does an employer in the wholesale and warehouse industries have any specific federal compliance requirements when hiring seasonal employees who are underage?

Author: Marta Moakley, XpertHR Legal Editor

While an employer in the wholesale and warehouse industries may hire seasonal employees who are underage minors, it must be aware of the child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) because virtually all employees of wholesale employers are covered by those provisions.

Under the FLSA's child labor provisions, underage minors may not be employed in a number of positions that have been deemed to result in an unsafe workplace. For example, an employer may not employ an underage minor in the operation of forklifts in a warehouse. See +29 CFR 570.58. In addition, underage workers may not be employed in driving a motor vehicle.