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South Dakota Rules for Employing Minors

Filed under Managing the Workplace. Fact checked on May 25, 2012.

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Employers in South Dakota must conform with these state rules relating to the employment of minors.

In South Dakota, a minor under the age of 16 may not be employed at any time in any occupation dangerous to life, health or morals, nor may any minor be in any manner exploited by any employer.

Exceptions exist for minors:

  • employed by their parents or
  • who have successfully completed a safety course and received a license, permit, or certificate from a state or federal agency to operate agricultural equipment or otherwise to be employed in any occupation in an agricultural occupation within the scope of the license, permit, or certificate.

Employers must keep a list of all employees who work pursuant to a work permit.

Employers must keep the required certificates and permits in connection with employment on file and open to inspection at all times by an authorized person.

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