Child Labor Laws

Maddie Vaught

What are Child Labor Laws?

Child labor laws include numerous statues and regulations about working minors. For example, in most states and countries, including the U.S., children may not work as long as adults, due to school hours. However, long ago, child labor laws were either not in place in most countries or used very loosely. Many children were pushed past limits and forced to work much longer than they could handle, often putting work before school, as seen to the right, where children work at textile factories and cotton gins all day.


Below are some child labor law regulations for the state of Georgia:

Minors under the age of 16 may work no more than:
  • 4 hours on a school day
  • 8 hours on a non-school day
  • 40 hours during a non-school week
Minors under the age of 16 may :
  • Not work before 6 a.m.
  • Not work after 9 p.m.

Minors 14 and 15 years of age can work:

  • 3 hours on a school day
  • 8 hours on a nonschool day
  • 18 hours in a school week
  • 40 hours in a nonschool week

Minors 14 and 15 years of age may:

  • Not work before 7:00 a.m.
  • Not work after 7:00 p.m. (extended to 9:00 p.m. June 1 through Labor Day)
  • Not work during normal school hours

Child Labor Laws in the State of Tennessee:

People under the age of 18 are considered minors in Tennessee.


When school is in session:
Can work no more than 3 hours per day
Can work no more than 18 hours a week
Can work no later than 7:00 p.m.

When school is not in session:
Can work no more than 8 hours a day
Can work no more than 40 hours per week
Can work no later than 9:00 p.m.

Breaks for minors under age 18:
Any minor scheduled to work 6 hours must have a thirty (30) minute rest or meal break no exceptions.


What about other countries???

In Russia:

Children are not permitted to do any work considered dangerous or harmful. The law states that this includes “gambling, night cabarets and clubs, spirits, tobacco, narcotic and toxic production, transportation and sale.” In addition, all underground work, such as mining, are forbidden to all under the age of 18.

Read more: http://www.ehow.com/list_6694580_child-labor-laws-russia.html#ixzz2kdEBM4r0



In Mexico:

In Mexico, child labor is illegal, which means any child 17 or under cannot work. However, approximately 4 million out of 29 million children in Mexico perform a work of some kind. Article 123 of the Mexican Constitution prohibits use of the labor of anyone under the age of 14 and limits the working day for children between the ages of 14 and 16 to six hours.


Read more: http://www.manuel.io/en/2011/child-labor-in-mexico/

Above: (Left to Right) kids working in Russia, Mexico, and the United States.