Child Labor Laws

By: Mia Richardson


Younger than 16
  • Work no more than 4 hours on school days, 8 hours on non school days, and no more than 40 hours on a non-school week
  • May not work before or after 6:00 am or 9:00 pm
  • Cannot work in mills, factories, or manufacturing places, or workshops
16 years and older

  • Have no restrictions on the numbers of hours they can work per day or per week
  • Cannot work in dangerous places that put life and limb of the worker on the line
*Cannot serve alcohol in any way if under the age of 18

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  • Cannot work if under the age of 15
  • Special medical certificates that guarantee physical wellness for work may be required to protect their health
  • Some kids have opportunity to have periodical checkups to ensure that they stay fit for work and are not injured depending on where they work
  • Cannot work at night
  • Restrictions on the number of hours that children can work
  • Cannot work during normal school hours
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  • There are approximately 28 million children working illegally
  • Cannot legally work if under the age of 14
  • Children allowed to work in family businesses outside of school hours
  • The number of jobs considered to be too hazardous for children to be allowed to work in has dropped significantly with the passing of a new act in 2016
  • Largest number of children workers in the world


  • This country considered number one for number of violations of labor laws
  • Minimum legal working age is 15 years old
  • Street activities are outlawed such as selling things on the street or begging
  • Only penalty is given if caught forcing people under 18 to beg for money in the streets: up to 6 months in prison or a fine
  • Applies to people who are older than 18 but are mentally or physically handicapped
  • Strict laws but very hard to enforce
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