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Code of Federal Regulations Pertaining to ESA

Title 29  



Chapter V  

Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor



Part 570  

Child Labor Regulations, Orders and Statements of Interpretation




Subpart G  

General Statements of Interpretation of the Child Labor Provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as Amended

29 CFR 570.119 - Fourteen-year minimum.

  • Section Number: 570.119
  • Section Name: Fourteen-year minimum.

    With respect to employment in occupations other than manufacturing 
and mining, the Secretary is authorized to issue regulations or orders 
lowering the age minimum to 14 years where he finds that such employment 
is confined to periods which will not interfere with
the minors' schooling and to conditions which will not interfere with 
their health and well-being. Pursuant to this authority, the Secretary 
permits the employment of 14- and 15-year-old children in a limited 
number of occupations where the work is performed outside school hours 
and is confined to other specified limits. Under the provisions of Child 
Labor Regulation No. 3, as amended, 28  employment of minors 
in this age group is not permitted in the following occupations:

    28 Subpart C of this part.

    (a) Manufacturing, mining, or processing occupations;
    (b) Occupations requiring the performance of any duties in a 
workroom or workplace where goods are manufactured, mined, or otherwise 
    (c) Occupations involving the operation or tending of hoisting 
apparatus or of any power-driven machinery other than office machines;
    (d) Public messenger service;
    (e) Occupations declared to be particularly hazardous or detrimental 
to health or well-being by the Secretary; or
    (f) Occupations (except office or sales work) in connection with: 
(1) Transportation of persons or property by rail, highway, air, water, 
pipeline, or other means; (2) warehousing and storage; (3) 
communications and public utilities, and (4) construction (including 
demolition and repair).

The exception permitting office and sales work performed in connection 
with the occupations specified in paragraph (f) of this section does not 
apply if such work is performed on trains or any other media of 
transportation or at the actual site of construction operations. 
Employment of 14- and 15-year-olds in all occupations other than the 
foregoing is permitted by the regulation, if the following conditions 
are observed: (i) Employment only outside school hours and between the 
hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., except during the summer (June 1 through 
Labor Day) when the evening hour will be 9 p.m.; (ii) employment for not 
more than 3 hours a day nor more than 18 hours a week when school is in 
session; and, (iii) employment for not more than 8 hours a day nor more 
than 40 hours a week when school is not in session. The employment of 
minors under 14 years of age is not permissible under any circumstances 
if the employment is covered by the child labor provisions and not 
specifically exempt.
[36 FR 25157, Dec. 29, 1971]
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