Update on the youth employment bill


June 8, 2023

The governor recently signed Senate File 542, which makes updates to Iowa’s youth employment laws. This bill changed significantly in its journey through the Legislature.

This bill was developed with Iowa Workforce Development and Iowa businesses, including grocery stores and restaurants, which hire many individuals under 18. This bill went through many changes throughout the process, including incorporating changes suggested by the labor unions, the bar association and House Democrats. It strikes a balance to ensure parental consent and safety while also enabling young Iowans to build work et...

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