Child Labor Laws

By Gabriella Flores

What is Child Labor Laws?

Child Labor Laws are laws that control the work that children are permitted to do.
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Child Labor Laws in Georgia

Minors under the age of 16 may work no more than:


  • 4 hours on a school day
  • 8 hours on a nonschool day
  • 40 hours during a nonschool week
Minors 16 and 17 years of age have no state or federal law work hour restrictions.

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Child Labor Laws in New Jersey

  • No minor under 16 years of age shall be employed, permitted, or suffered to work in, about, or in connection with any gainful occupation at any time.
  • Minors between 14 and 16 years of age may be employed, permitted or suffered to work outside school hours and during school vacations but not in or for a factory or in any occupation otherwise prohibited by law or by order or regulation made in pursuance of law.
  • No minor under 18 years of age shall be employed, permitted, or suffered to work in, about, or in connection with any gainful occupation more than six consecutive days in any one week, or more than 40 hours in any one week.


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Child Labor Laws in Costa Rica

  • Minimum age is 15 years of age
  • Children under the age of 18 are not permitted to work in the banana industry and the Childhood Adolescence Code
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Child Labor Laws in Ireland

  • Employers can not employ children aged under 16 in regular full-time jobs
  • Doing light work during the school holidays – they must have at least 21 days off work during this time
  • Children aged 15 may do 8 hours a week light work in school term time
  • The maximum working week for children outside school term is 35 hours or up to 40 hours if they are approved work experience


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