Child Labor Laws 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.
Child Labor Laws Extended Definition
Child labor laws ensure young people work safe jobs that do not jeopardize their health, well-being, or educational opportunities. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) set provisions for child labor laws, and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) sets specific laws and enforces them.
Under child labor laws, minors cannot work hazardous jobs, such as operating a motor vehicle or using power-driven tools. There are also rules that limit the hours minors can work.
States can also create employment laws. Employers must follow all child labor laws. Not obeying these laws can result in steep penalties.
Last Updated By
Rachel Blakely-Gray | Feb 15, 2023