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Labor Law: Child Labor Law

Child Labor Law
Donald L. Uchtmann and Cindi Parr
March, 2001


This article focuses on child labor laws applicable to farmers and provides general answers to the following questions:

(1) What, if any, age restrictions affect the employment of my own child in agriculture?
(2) What are the age restrictions for employing children other than my own, and does it depend on whether the activities are hazardous?
(3) What are the penalties for violations of child labor laws?

The discussion is intended to provide general answers for educational purposes. For more comprehensive information, visit the actual statutes and regulations (links to unofficial versions of relevant statutes and regulations are provided). You may find it helpful to discuss your special circumstances with your legal counselor.
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