23:161      Minors; prohibited employments

Minors, except those indentured as apprentices in accordance with Chapter 4 of this Title, shall not be employed, permitted, or suffered to work:

(1) In oiling, cleaning, or wiping machinery or shafting, or in applying belts to pulleys;

(2) In or about any mine or quarry;

(3) In or about places where stone cutting or polishing is done;

(4) In or about any plant manufacturing explosives or articles containing explosive components; or in the use or transportation of the same;

(5) In or about iron or steel manufacturing plants, ore reduction works, smelters, foundries, forging shops, hot rolling mills, or in any other place in which the heat treatment of metals is done;

(6) In the operation of machinery used in the cold rolling of heavy metals, or in the operation of power-driven machinery for punching, shearing, stamping, bending, or planing metals;

(7) In or about saw mills or cooperage stock mills;

(8) In the operation of power-driven woodworking machines, or off-bearing from circular saws;

(9) In logging operations;

(10) As drivers of any motor vehicle on a public road if they are minors sixteen years of age or younger. Minors seventeen years of age or older may be employed, permitted, or suffered to work as drivers of a motor vehicle only under the following restrictions:

(a) The driving constitutes no more than one-third of the minor's work time in any work day and no more than twenty percent of the minor's work time in any work week.

(b) Any further restrictions imposed by federal law on the driving of minors during employment under the provisions of the Teen Drive for Employment Act which amends the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 USC 212 through 213.

(11) In the operation of passenger or freight elevators or hoisting machines;

(12) In spray painting or in occupations involving exposure to lead or its compounds, or to dangerous or poisonous dyes and chemicals;

(13) In any place or establishment in which the sale of alcoholic beverages, as defined in R.S. 26:241, constitutes its main business, unless the minor is a musician performing in a band on the premises under written contract with the holder of the alcoholic beverage permit for a specified time period and is under direct supervision of his parent or legal guardian during such time. Any place or establishment holding a duly issued retail dealer's alcohol beverage permit or license, for which the sale of alcoholic beverages does not constitute the main business of the establishment may employ anyone under the age of eighteen provided the minor's employment does not involve the sale, mixing, dispensing, or serving of alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises.

(14) In any other place of employment or in any other occupation that the secretary shall, after a public hearing thereon, determine hazardous or injurious to the life, health,safety or welfare of such minors.

Amended by Acts 1950, No. 80, 1; Acts 1976, No. 624, 2, eff. Aug. 4, 1976; Acts 1982, No. 498, 1; Acts 1993, No. 621, 1, eff. June 15, 1993; Acts 1993, No. 621, 1, eff. June 25, 1993; Acts 1993, No. 623, 1. Amended by Acts 1999, No. 443, 1; Acts 2001, No. 421, 1, eff. June 15, 2001.