Definition of Child Labor Laws: Regulations for Children in the Workplace

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Child Labor Laws Definition

Term Definition
Child labor laws provide protections for children in the workplace. These laws set restrictions on age, types of jobs children can do, when children can work, and how much employers have to pay them.

Extended Definition
Provisions for child labor laws are set by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sets specific laws and enforces them. States can also create employment laws. Employers must follow all child labor laws. Not obeying these laws can result in steep penalties.

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