There are a lot of businesses looking for employees in Bismarck.

If you take a little drive around Bismarck, you will probably notice that there are a lot of "help wanted" signs in business windows. And, if you step into many of the establishments, you may notice that some of the employees seem exceptionally young. I mean, I can't be the only one who sees actually employed children at businesses in town, right?

Do you know what the legal age of employment in North Dakota is?

According to, the legal age of employment in North Dakota is 14-years-old. But, even at that age, there is a form that needs to be filled out and turned in to the Department of Labor and Human Rights. also says that there are restrictions on hours and type of labor for teenagers that are 14 or 15.

The US Department of Labor has an initiative called YouthRules! for kids who are employed.

If you happen to ever be concerned about a possible underage employee situation, there is actually an initiative that works on behalf of kids who work! The United States Department of Labor has an initiative called YouthRules!, which "...promotes positive and safe work experiences for teens by providing information about protections for young workers to youth, parents, employers, and educators."

Is it possible to tell if a kid is too young to be employed?

I tried to find out how to spot a kid that is too young to be working, but there really are no pro "tips and tricks" to spotting this. I am sure that the kids I have seen are legally employed, but a few of the ones I have seen seem to be younger than 14.

Have you seen young kids working at businesses in Bismarck?

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