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March 8, 2023, 4:29 PM

Arkansas Eases Child Labor Rules in New Law Nixing Work Permits

Chris Marr
Chris Marr
Staff Correspondent

Businesses can hire 14- and 15-year-old workers more easily in Arkansas under a measure Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders signed into law, eliminating the state’s youth worker permitting requirement.

The law (HB 1410) will erase the need for children younger than 16 to request a work permit from the state’s labor agency before taking a job. Sanders (R) signed the Republican-backed bill this week after the state legislature passed it largely along party lines, with a March 2 vote of 24-9 in the Senate and a Feb. 22 vote of 54-32 in the House.

“The Governor believes protecting kids ...

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