The federal child labor provisions, authorized by the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (FLSA), 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.

General Guidance

  • YouthRules! — Describes the requirements of the child labor laws as they relate to teens, parents, educators and employers.
  • Child Labor Bulletin No. 101 — Describes the occupational requirements for nonagricultural employment.
  • Child Labor Bulletin No. 102 — Describes the occupational and hours limitations for agricultural employment for minors.
  • State Child Labor Laws — Links to state employment laws which also regulate the employment of young workers.

Fact Sheets and FAQs



Interpretive Guidance

Applicable Laws and Regulations

  • Law
    • The FLSA — Establishes the child labor provisions for the employment of young workers.
  • Regulations
    • 29 CFR Part 570 — Regulations of the child labor provisions under the FLSA.


Child Labor CMP Assessment Amounts