Child Labor Laws

Hard Times

What Is Child Labor Laws

In general, for non-agricultural jobs, children under 14 may not be employed, children between 14 and 16 may be employed in allowed occupations during limited hours, and children between 16 and 18 can be employed for unlimited hours in non hazardous occupations.

When Child Labor Law Started

In the late 1700's and early 1800's, power driven machines replaced hand labor for making most manufactured items. Factories began to spring up everywhere, first in England and then in the United States. The factory owners found a new source of labor to run their machines- children. By the mid 1800's, child labor was a major problem.

Why Child Labor Laws Start

Child Labor Laws started because adults wanted to enslave children to make them work for them to get lots of money.

How Is Child Labor Laws Today

In most countries child labor laws are illegal against the law, but they are some countries that still have child labor laws, and want them to be working for the rest of there lives. That's why there are some countries trying to abolish child labor laws, so it can end for good.