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    I'm in Texas, but my stepdaughter goes up to visit her real father in Illinois every summer for about 6 weeks. Recently she has told me that her father has a paper route and wakes her and his other kids up early to go deliver papers. She states that her father has each child (my stepdaughter is 9 years old) take a street and carry along a large bag full of newspapers to set on the driveways. I just wanted to know the laws pertaining to child labor in this sort of situation. She does not receive any financial compensation for this and she stated that he bought her a dollar store umbrella after 6 weeks of doing this.

    This is what I got from googling the child labor laws in Illinois. The bolded parts are my main concern, but it does not put a limit as to the age that a child can do this. Just wondering if any officers in Illinois can clarify this a bit for me. Thanks.


    EMPLOYMENT
    (820 ILCS 205/) Child Labor Law.

    (820 ILCS 205/1) (from Ch. 48, par. 31.1)
    Sec. 1. No minor under 16 years of age, except minors 14 or 15 years of age who are participating in federally funded work experience career education programs under the direction of the State Board of Education, at any time shall be employed, permitted or allowed to work in any gainful occupation in connection with any theater, concert hall or place of amusement, or any mercantile institution, store, office, hotel, laundry, manufacturing establishment, mill, cannery, factory or workshop, restaurant, lunchroom, beauty parlor, barber shop, bakery, or coal, brick or lumber yard, or in any type of construction work within this State; however, minors between 14 and 16 years of age may be employed, permitted, or allowed to work outside school hours and during school vacations but not in dangerous or hazardous factory work or in any occupation otherwise prohibited by law or by order or regulation made in pursuance of law. No minor under 12 years of age, except members of the farmer's own family who live with the farmer at his principal place of residence, at any time shall be employed, permitted or allowed to work in any gainful occupation in connection with agriculture, except that any minor of 10 years of age or more may be permitted to work in a gainful occupation in connection with agriculture during school vacations or outside of school hours.
    (Source: P.A. 91‑357, eff. 7‑29‑99.)


    (820 ILCS 205/2) (from Ch. 48, par. 31.2)
    Sec. 2. Nothing in this Act applies to the work of a minor engaged in agricultural pursuits except for those persons restricted from working in a gainful occupation in connection with agriculture in Section 1 or in the sale and distribution of magazines and newspapers at hours when the schools of the district are not in session. Nothing in this Act applies to the employment of a minor outside school hours in and around a home at work usual to the home of the employer so long as that work is not in connection with or a part of the business, trade or profession of the employer.

  • #2
    Sounds like he is just a SHlTbag of a Dad

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    • #3
      I got my first paper route on the west side when I was in 2nd grade. Had to have your route done by 0600 and all the papers had to be between the doors or in front of the apt. doors. Had to start at 0430 to get it done by 6.

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      • #4
        Just ask her if she wants to go see her dad in the summer.If she says no dont send her.
        Remember 9/11! No dog compares to a Wirehair!

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