Child Labor Laws

What are Child Labor Laws?

Child labor laws are laws that control the work that children are permitted to do.

For the sate 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 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

California Child Labor Laws


• May be employed only during school holidays and vacations (usually construed to

include weekends). May never be employed on any school day, either before or after


• Daily and weekly work hour maximums while school is in session are not specified in

statute, but may not exceed the maximum allowed when school is not in session or the

maximum stated on permit.


• 3 hours per school day outside

of school hours

• 8 hours on any non-school day

• 18 hours per week

• WEE students may work during school hours & up to 23 hours per week.


4 hours per day on any school day

• 8 hours on any non-school day or on any day preceding a non-school day.

• 48 hours per week


In Canada, work outside school hours is generally allowed, however, for children under age 16, school attendance is compulsory and employment is restricted.


Children below the age of 15 generally may not be employed in Germany, under legal provisions that are very similar to federal legislation in the United States, yet the German prohibition does not apply to minor jobs such as carrying out newspapers, babysitting, tutoring, taking care of pets, or assisting in agricultural enterprises, provided the work of the child is “light,” which is defined as not involving uncomfortable postures or dangers from animals or machinery that a child may not assess accurately or may not have experience in averting..