In farm work, permissible jobs and hours of work vary by age.
exemption: Minors of any age may be employed by their parents at any time
in any occupation on a farm owned or operated by his or her parent(s).
to agricultural employment rules are statutory in nature and the Department's
regulations reflect laws enacted by the
Many states statutes and regulations place tighter
restrictions on farm work hours performed by minors. Consult your state
department of labor for specific information.
DOL Web Pages on This
State Child Labor
Laws Applicable to Agricultural Employment
Chart displaying major
rules pertaining to minors employed in agriculture.
Occupations in Agriculture
Particularly Hazardous for the Employment of Children Below Age 16
Regulations on hazardous occupations.
A gateway providing quick access to information about federal and
state labor laws that apply to young workers. The web page includes information
designed to educate teens, parents, educators, and employers about the hours
youth can work, the jobs youth can do, and how to prevent workplace injuries.
elaws Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) Advisor Child Labor Rules
answers questions about workers and businesses that are subject to the FLSA's
child labor rules.
Information on state minimum wage rates and other
state child labor topics.
State Departments of Labor
Links to state departments of labor web sites and contact
information for each department.
Related Web Pages on This Topic
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
responsible for conducting research and making recommendations for the
prevention of work-related illnesses and injuries.
and Safety for Kids on the Farm
Young worker safety pamphlet from
Laws & Regulations on This
29 CFR §570.2
Hazardous Occupations in Agriculture
§§579.1 through 579.9
Minimum Age Standards for
14-year Minimum Age for Certain Occupations