Child Labor Compliance

Child Labor ApprenticeThere are two types of children for the purposes of federal child labor laws:

1. Children who are performing agricultural work

2. Children who performing non-agricultural work.

The only caveat here is that if you believe that a child is working in agriculture double check to make sure that what they are doing is considered agricultural work. Just because they’re watering plants doesn’t mean they are engaged in agricultural work.

The federal rules for children engaged in agriculture can be found here.

Children who are not working in agriculture fall into two categories:

1. Ages 14-15 have restrictions on type of work AND number of hours per day and week AND time of day.

2. Ages 16-17 have restrictions on type of work.

(Children under 14 may not work in non-ag jobs unless they are employed directly by a parent)

The federal rules for children working in non-ag jobs can be found here.

Many states have their own state labor regulations for child labor. Be sure to check out those as well. If both sets of rules apply to your employees you must comply with the one that most protects the minor. Click here for a list of state rules on child labor in agriculture and here for a list of state rules on child labor in non-agricultural positions.

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