The rules vary by age and task. 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.



Working at Most Jobs

Does the teenager want to wait tables at a restaurant? Bag groceries at the local supermarket? What about a summer job working with a construction contractor? Before the teenager starts a job, please check whether the teenager can work at that job while under the age of 18.



Working on Ranches and Farms

Does the teenager want to work on a ranch or farm, or is interested in other agricultural jobs? Does harvesting blueberries, cutting hay, herding cattle, or being a farmhand interest the child? If so, check the dos and don’ts of working in agriculture work while under the age of 18.



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Explore our young worker toolkit to better understand federal child labor laws.



Common Child Labor Violations



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Some investigations are initiated by third-party complaints. While you may not be able to provide all the information needed, the more information you make available the better able WHD will be to address concerns raised. An employer cannot retaliate against a worker for exercising their rights, filing a complaint or cooperating with an investigation.

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