Oregon's specific laws on the Age of Consent can be found above.
If you engage in sexual activity with a minor who is under the Oregon Age of Consent of 18, you can be prosecuted under Oregon sexual abuse laws and charged with crimes ranging from sexual assault to first degree rape, regardless of whether or not the sexual acts were consensual.
The employment of minors is heavily regulated, both under Oregon and federal laws. For purposes of employment, a "minor" is anyone under the age of 18.
There are strict limitations on the number of hours a minor may work and on the types of work permissible. In general, a minor must be at least 14 years old to work in Oregon.
Older perpetrators will be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony based on the age of the victim: Under 18 - Defined as Sexual Abuse 3 (Class A Misdemeanor), Under 16 - Defined as Rape 3 / Sodomy 3 (Class C Felony) , Under 14 - Defined as Rape 2 / Sodomy 2 (Class B Felony) and Under 12 - Defined as Rape 1 / Sodomy 1 (Class A Felony).
This is a brief overview of legal age laws in Oregon.
The certificate covers all minors employed, even in multiple locations. Fourteen- and 15-year-olds may work at most 18 hours per week during the school year and 40 hours per week when school is not in session. Also prohibited are tasks involving exposure to dangerous worksites, such as work in mines, on roofs and in areas containing radioactive substances.
The employer estimates the number of minors to be employed during the year, lists their job duties, and identifies equipment or machinery they will use. Minors are generally protected by the same laws that protect adults. Fourteen- and 15-year-olds are subject to greater restrictions, and are not permitted to work in or around most kinds of power-driven machinery or on construction sites, in warehouses, or at other locations where power-driven machinery is used. As with adults, minors must be given a paid rest period for every work segment of four hours or the major portion thereof (any period longer than two hours).
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