Overview

The federal child labor provisions, authorized by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, also known as the child labor laws, were enacted to ensure that when young people work, the work is safe and does not jeopardize their health, well-being or educational opportunities. These provisions also provide limited exemptions.

Key News

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced that on November 15, 2018, it will publish a notice to extend the comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Expanding Employment, Training, and Apprenticeship Opportunities for 16- and 17-Year-Olds in Health Care Occupations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The comment due date was extended to 12/11/2018.

The Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division announced that on September 27, 2018, it will publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking : Expanding Employment, Training, and Apprenticeship Opportunities for 16- and 17-Year-Olds in Health Care Occupations under the Fair Labor Standards Act. For more information, please see News Release [9/26/18]: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Proposal to Allow Younger Americans to Safely Develop Skills for Careers in Healthcare.

General Guidance

Fact Sheets and FAQs

e-Tools

Publications

Interpretive Guidance

Applicable Laws and Regulations

  • Law
    • The FLSA — Establishes the child labor provisions for the employment of young workers.
  • Regulations

Rulemaking Resources

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Child Labor CMP Assessment Amounts