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This newsletter highlights events and programs offered through the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

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Kids' Chance of Missouri Scholarship Due

Kids' Chance Inc. of Missouri

Kids' Chance of Missouri is an organization that provides post-high school educational scholarships to children of workers seriously injured or who lose their lives in work-related accidents.

The loss of wages for a family may result in scarce funds available for dependents to achieve higher education goals. The Kids' Chance Scholarship Fund provides scholarships based upon needs from children who may not otherwise attain further training or education to gain skills and improved career paths.

The deadline for the spring semester scholarship is October 30. To view eligibility requirements for the scholarship, click here.

Kid’ Chance of Missouri hosts several events throughout the year to raise money for the scholarship fund, including a golf tournament during the Workers’ Compensation Conference. The next event will be the Kansas City Golf Tournament at the Oakwood Country Club. If you would like to donate to the Kids’ Chance of Missouri scholarship fund, please visit the donation page.

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Transitioning from Summer Work to School Work

Transitioning from Summer Work to School Work

School is back in session and many students are transitioning from working longer summer hours to fewer hours for the school year. The Missouri Division of Labor Standards works closely with Missouri employers, parents, and school superintendents to ensure young workers are safe and healthy while on the job.

Below is a chart of appropriate work hours for youth during the summer and during the school year:

Acceptable Work Hours for 14 and 15 Years of Age

(While School is in Session) (While School is NOT in Session)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

7 a.m. to 9 p.m.*

No more than 8 hours on non-school days.
No more than 3 hours on school days.

No more than 8 hours on non-school days.

No more than 6 days a week (40 hours a week)

No more than 6 days a week (40 hours a week)

*In certain circumstances, 14 and 15 year olds may work until 10:30 p.m. if employed at a regional fair between June 1 and Labor Day.

If you are employing a student during the school year, be sure and fill out the appropriate work certificate or permit.

Missouri's Child Labor Law applies to youth under the age of 16. Youth under 14 years of age generally are not permitted to work at any job (other than in entertainment or casual jobs) at any time. Youth who are 14 or 15 generally are permitted to work, but their work (as well as the work of all children in the entertainment industry) is restricted. Read Missouri Law (RSMo 294) regarding child labor.

Some restrictions of work for all ages under 16 include:

  • Door-to-door sales (excluding churches, schools, scouts)
  • Operating hazardous equipment including ladders, scaffolding, freight elevators, cranes, hoisting machines, man lifts, etc.
  • Handling/maintaining power-driven machinery: Meat processing machines, Dough mixers/baking machines, Bread or bagel slicers, Paper balers or paper box compactors
  • Working in freezers or meat coolers including taking inventory or cleaning
  • Cooking, baking, or handling hot oil or grease
  • Mining, quarrying, or stone cutting/polishing (except in jewelry stores)
  • Operation of any motor vehicle

For a complete list of acceptable work for youth, visit our website.

The Division of Labor Standards provides Missouri employers, parents, school officials, and youth with information about workplace safety and health program management, child labor laws, and youth and employer rights and responsibilities by conducting training presentations upon request.

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MCHR Diversity Spotlight - National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans are recognized annually in the United States during National Hispanic Heritage Month, from September 15 to October 15. President Lyndon Johnson first declared Hispanic Heritage Week in September 1968, and in 1988, Congress authorized President George H.W. Bush to proclaim the days between September 15 and October 15 as a national month of celebration of the cultures and traditions of Hispanic Americans.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are approximately 53 million people of Hispanic origin living in the United States as of 2012, with an additional 3.7 million residing in Puerto Rico. Only Mexico has a larger Hispanic population. To be of Hispanic origin does not require one to be from Spain, Mexico, or Latin America; many Hispanic people hail from European countries, India, and Africa as well. In 2011, it was estimated that more than 37.6 million U.S. residents spoke Spanish at home, constituting 12.9 percent of all persons ages five and older.

Beginning with Ponce de Leon’s exploration of Florida in 1513, contributions by Hispanic and Latino residents of the United States are numerous. In 2007, there were 2.3 million Hispanic-owned businesses in America, generating revenues of approximately $350 billion. More than one million Hispanics or Latinos are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. The first admiral of the United States Navy was David Glasgow Farragut, a Hispanic who played a vital role in the conclusion of the Civil War.

Luis Alvarez, a professor at the University of California at Berkley, won the Nobel Prize in 1968 for his work on subatomic particles, and MIT’s Mario Molina won the award in chemistry in 1995 for his research on chlorofluorocarbons and damage to the ozone layer. The first female Surgeon General of the United States was of Hispanic origin, Dr. Antonia Novello. Cesar Chavez, a Hispanic farm laborer, civil rights activist, and American labor leader, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Delores Huerta; this ground-breaking organization later became United Farm Workers (UFW).

Artistic and musical accomplishments range from the works of Marisol, a contemporary sculptor with pieces on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, to international pop sensation Jennifer Lopez, born in The Bronx, New York, to Puerto Rican parents in 1969. Other famous Hispanic contributors include actors Desi Arnaz, Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino), and Andy Garcia; singers Joan Baez, Ritchie Valens, and Christina Aguilera; and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Enjoy events around Missouri celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month:

St. Louis Area

  • The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival begins on September 26 and runs daily through September 28 in Soulard Park, located near 7th Street and Lafayette, St. Louis.  Join local celebrities and dignitaries for the festive Welcoming Ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 27. Enjoy seven live Latin bands, traditional dancers from Mexico, Bolivia, and Columbia, dance lessons in salsa and bachata, food and drinks, and crafts. Admission is free. For more information, call 314-837-6100 or e-mail HispanicFest@aol.com.
  • Make reservations now to attend the annual Mexican Culture Society’s gala with dinner, dancing and a show on Saturday, September 6, at the Doubletree Hotel Westport, 1973 Craigshire Road, St. Louis. The Mexican Day of Independence celebration benefitting local Latino students will feature ballet folklorico dancers and DJ-orchestrated music.
  • Catch Spanish classical guitarist Maestro Soler in concert at the Ethical Society of St. Louis on September 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the auditorium, 9001 Clayton Road, St. Louis.
  • On September 14, from 1–4 p.m., visit the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard, St. Louis, to enjoy A Celebration of Hispanic Culture. This family-friendly free event offers a variety of modern and historical activities involving art, music, and dance. For additional information call 314-746-4599.

Kansas City Area

  • The Kansas City Public Library will host Estamos Aqui from September 6 through October 19 at its central location, 14 West Tenth Street, Kansas City.  The exhibit highlights artists of Chicano-Latino heritage with mastery of serigraphy, a specialized silkscreen print technique.
  • Guadalupe Centers will hold their Blanco y Negro Awards Gala on September 9 to formally kick off Hispanic Heritage Month by bringing together community and civic leaders to honor and thank those individuals who have contributed to improving the quality of life for Kansas City Latinos. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center, 1 East Pershing Road, Kansas City. For more information, contact Tania Casas at tcasas@quadalupecenters.org.
  • Join the Mattie Rhodes Center for its annual Dia de los Muertes celebration with an opening reception on Friday, October 3, from 6-10 p.m., and a lively street festival on Saturday, October 4, from 1-10 p.m. The closing ceremony and spectacular Illuminated Calaca Parade will be on November 7 from 6-10 p.m. To schedule a tour of the Center’s gallery, which celebrates and showcases Latin artists throughout the year, call 816-221-2349.

Central Missouri

  • On October 4, the 13th Annual Fall Festival, organized by the Jefferson City Multicultural Forum, will be held on Madison and High Streets from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be more than 100 arts, crafts, and informational booths, along with a variety of food and beverage stands. All-day main stage entertainment will have acts representing various nationalities. Activities, games, giveaways, and more will be available for children. This event is free to the public and will showcase the best of mid-Missouri's many cultures.

Other Missouri Events

  • Samba Bom, a Brazilian music band, will perform at Blumenhof Winery in the Village of Dutzow in Warren County on September 27 at 5 p.m. Enjoy wine, friends, and music. Visit Blumenhof Winery at 13699 South Highway 94, Village of Dutzow, and contact for further information at 800-419-2245 or e-mail info@blumenhof.com.

Learn more about Hispanic heritage:

  • In honor of this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month, Smithsonian.com discusses the impact of Latino artists within modern American art movements, talks with comedian George Lopez on humor and race, remembers an historic Little League Baseball team, and highlights the food of Hispanic culture. In addition, Smithsonian.com offers a list of festivals, concerts, and lectures at the Smithsonian Institution and throughout the country.
  • Spend time with a good book from Hispanic Heritage Month-suggested reading lists from websites, such as Scholastic, All About Adolescent Literacy, and Just Read!
  • Check out fun facts and historical information celebrating Hispanic-American heritage, culture, and contributions by visiting the National Hispanic Heritage Month website. 

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