- Resources on Young Workers' Rights

The Wage and Hour Division promotes positive and safe work experiences for teens by providing information on federal and state labor laws that apply to young workers.





Video Library

Watch our workers' rights videos in English or Spanish to learn more about how you are protected on the job.




Other Resources

Our resources can help everyone better understand federal child labor laws.



State Labor Laws

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Some state child labor laws are inconsistent with the federal child labor provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 212(c), and its implementing regulations at 29 CFR Part 570. Where a state child labor law is less restrictive than the federal law, the federal law applies. Where a state child labor law is more restrictive than the federal law, the state law applies.



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Many investigations are initiated by complaints, which are free and confidential. The name of the complainant, the nature of the complaint, and whether a complaint exists may not be disclosed. An employer cannot retaliate against a worker for exercising their rights, filing a complaint or cooperating with an investigation.  

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  • Does your 14- or 15-year-old child want a job bussing tables? Bagging groceries? Working at a local pool, marina, or golf course? Know the federal limits on their hours and tasks.
  • Know a young worker? Tell them about @WHD_DOL’s timesheet app. It’s free and can be found in the Android and iPhone app stores by searching for “DOL-Timesheet.”
  • Are you owed back wages from an employer? @WHD_DOL may have collected them for you. Check out their database of unclaimed money and submit a claim today!



Download Our Timesheet App

Track your work hours and calculate your pay automatically with the DOL-Timesheet App. Add comments, use multiple pay frequency options, and additional pay calculations. It’s free and available in English and Spanish.

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