What Are Prohibited Occupations For 16 And 17 Year Olds?

The Commission has adopted by rule the federal regulations governing the employment of 16­ and 17­year olds in occupations declared hazardous by the U.S. Department of Labor. These so­called Hazardous Orders are outlined later in this in paper. A 1995 amendment to the Texas Labor Code has eased the restriction on the hazardous occupation of driving. Under state, but not federal law, a person may employ a child to operate a motor vehicle for a commercial purpose if the child:

  1. has a valid driver’s license;
  2. does not need a commercial license to perform the job;
  3. operates a vehicle with no more than two axles and not in excess of 15,000 pounds gross vehicle weight; and
  4. performs the job:
    • under the direct supervision of the child’s parent; and
    • for a business owned or operated by the child’s parent.

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