About Statutes

This page accesses the Code of Maryland (Statutes) and the Maryland Municipal Charters and Resolutions as compiled and maintained by the Department of Legislative Services.

The Code is arranged by and organized into “Articles” (e.g. Transportation Article), which are further subdivided into “titles”, “subtitles”, “sections”, “subsections”, “paragraphs”, subparagraphs”, etc.

Note that the “official” compilation of the laws (Chapters) enacted at each session of the General Assembly is published by the State as the “Laws of Maryland”, commonly referred to as the “Session Laws”. The Session Laws for each session are compiled chronologically by chapter number and serve as the source law from which the statutes accessed here are derived.

While the “Laws of Maryland” (Session Laws) constitute the official laws of the State, this Code and the annotated versions noted below are accepted as “evidence” of the law in all State courts and by all public offices and officials (See § 10-201 of the Courts & Judicial Proceedings Article). However, in the event of a conflict between the Code and the Session Laws, the Session Laws prevail.

Note: Annotated versions of the Code, published by LexisNexis and West, are available in book and online formats. These Annotated Codes include references to case law, related citations, and explanatory notations.

The Municipal Charters are updated each year by incorporating all charter resolutions received by the Department through May 31 of that year. Individual Municipal Resolutions are published to the General Assembly website as they are received by the Department.

Statute Text

Article - Labor and Employment
(a)   Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, a minor may not be employed or allowed to work:
(1)   in, about, or in connection with the manufacturing of a hazardous substance;
(2)   in, about, or in connection with:
(i)   a blast furnace;
(ii)   a distillery where an alcoholic beverage is manufactured, bottled, wrapped, or packed;
(iii)   a railroad;
(iv)   an engineer, fireman, or pilot on a vessel that is engaged in commerce; or
(v)   a dock or wharf other than a marina where pleasure vessels are sold or served; or
(3)   in, about, or in connection with:
(i)   the erection or repair of an electrical wire;
(ii)   the cleaning, oiling, or wiping of machinery; or
(iii)   an occupation that is prohibited by law.
(b)   Except as otherwise provided in this subtitle, a minor under the age of 16 may not be employed or allowed to work:
(1)   during the school hours set for that minor;
(2)   about or in connection with an acid, dye, gas, lye, or paint;
(3)   at, about, or in connection with:
(i)   an airport;
(ii)   a brickyard;
(iii)   a lumberyard;
(iv)   a workroom or work site where goods are manufactured or processed;
(v)   scaffolding; or
(vi)   a vessel when engaged in navigation or commerce; or
(4)   in, about, or in connection with:
(i)   construction;
(ii)   an occupation that causes dust in an injurious quantity;
(iii)   a manufacturing occupation;
(iv)   a mechanical occupation;
(v)   a processing occupation; or
(vi)   the adjustment, cleaning, or operation of power-driven machinery except:
1.   an office machine; or
2.   machinery used in a school or government institution as part of vocational training.
(c)   The Commissioner may prohibit minors being employed in an occupation if:
(1)   after a public hearing, the Commissioner determines that employment in the occupation should be prohibited to minors;
(2)   the Commissioner adopts by reference a determination by the United States Secretary of Labor under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 that the occupation is hazardous; or
(3)   after investigation, the Commissioner determines that the occupation is injurious to:
(i)   the health or welfare of minors; or
(ii)   the morals of minors under the age of 16 years.