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 your 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 your teenager starts a job, please check whether your teenager can work at that job while under the age of 18.



Working on Ranches and Farms

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



More Resources on this Topic

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



Common Child Labor Violations

Ask your child if these four common violations committed by employers sound familiar.



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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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