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Child Labor: Iowa

Child Labor requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Authors: Stuart R. Buttrick, Susan W. Kline and Rozlyn Fulgoni-Britton, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP


  • Iowa regulates the employment of minors under age 18.
  • Iowa law explicitly limits the types of occupations in which minors can work, depending on their ages. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • Minors' available work hours are limited depending on their ages. See Hours of Work.
  • Employers must provide certain minors with 30-minute breaks. See Break Periods.
  • Employers are required to receive work permits for minors. See Employment Certificates.