Is it legal to bring a child to work with you?

The child is sitting in a seafood
restaurant next to the fish fryer.

Asked on April 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Illinois

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Absent company policy to the contrary, there is no legal prohibition against this, although depending on the age of the child they could not perform any work. That having been said, if the child is injured on the premises, then they employer may be liable under a negligence claim if it knowingly allows the child near the deep fryer. Additionally, the child's parent could be charged with child endangerment.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is legal--it is not required, and the employer could (and probably should) refuse to allow the child to be brought to work, but it is legal. The situation you describe is unwise, since it is dangerous to sit any child who is not a mature, self-controlled teen near a fryer; if the child is injured or injures another, the employer could potentially be liable due to the negligence, or unreasonable carelessness, in allowing this--but if the employer is prepared to take that chance, they can.


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