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Wage and Hour Division (WHD)

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Wage and Hour Division - To promote and achieve compliance with labor standards to protect and enhance the welfare of the nation's workforce.

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Youth Employment


The federal youth employment provisions, authorized by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) of 1938, also known as the child labor laws, were enacted to ensure that when young people work, the work is safe and does not jeopardize their health, well-being or educational opportunities. These provisions also provide limited exemptions.

General Guidance

  • YouthRules! — Describes the requirements of the youth employment laws as they relate to teens, parents, educators and employers.
  • Child Labor Bulletin No. 101 — Describes the occupational requirements for nonagricultural employment.
  • Child Labor Bulletin No. 102 — Describes the occupational and hours limitiations for agricultural employment for minors.
  • State Youth Employment Laws — Links to state employment laws which also regulate the employment of young workers.

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Interpretive Guidance

Applicable Laws and Regulations

  • Law
    • The FLSA — Establishes the youth employment provisions for the employment of young workers.
  • Regulations
    • 29 CFR Part 570 Regulations of the youth employment provisions under the FLSA.



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