Child Labor Laws

Morgan Boutwell

Child labor refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful.


Minors 16 and 17 may not work more than 4 hours on a schools day and no more than 8 hours on a non school day. They cannot work before 6 a.m. and cannot work after 9 p.m.
Minors 14 and 15 can work 3 hours on a school day and 8 hours on a no school day. They only can work 18 hours on a school week. Cannot work before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. They may NOT work during regular school hours.


Minors 16 and 17 may not work before 5 a.m. and after 10 p.m.. They do not require that they have breaks. Minors 14 and 15 when school is in session they may not work more than 3 hours a day 8 hours on weekends, only 6 days a week. They are required to have a 30 minute break every 5 hours.


Children cannot work under the age of 15 years old. Very rarely can they be under 15 years of age. Children 10-13 may deliver newspaper, pamphlets, or advertising with an adult accompanying them. Children 13-15 may be employed between 6:00 am and 10:00 pm in the following work: delivering newspapers, pamphlets or advertising material, working in a shop, retail outlet or restaurant; or collecting shopping trolleys from a shop or retail outlet, including adjacent areas.


70% of children and adults work in very poor conditions. 32% of all children in the world work in Africa. Only rich children go to school, so more kids are working as slaves, farmers, maids, and other poor jobs. Most children do not get paid and are very overworked. Africa does not have a law saying not to do this because they are so poor as a country.