Employment by Parents

The Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) minimum age requirements do not apply to minors employed by their parents, or by a person acting as their guardian. An exception to this occurs in mining, manufacturing and occupations where the minimum age requirement of 18 years old applies.

State laws often follow the same pattern as the Fair Labor Standards Act with regard to minors working for their parents. Consult your state department of labor for specific guidance.

Webpages on this Topic

General Information About the Fair Labor Standards Act
An overview of many aspects of the FLSA, ranging from child labor to enforcement.

Web site that seeks to promote positive and safe work experiences for young workers.

elaws Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Advisor - Child Labor Rules
This Advisor answers questions about workers and businesses that are subject to the FLSA's child labor rules.

State Labor Offices/State Laws
Links to state departments of labor contacts, information on state minimum wage rates, and other state child labor topics.

State Departments of Labor Websites
Links to state departments of labor websites and contact information for each department.

Regulations on this Topic

29 CFR §570.70 - Hazardous Occupations in Agriculture