There are laws in place to ensure that children have the opportunity to receive an education before joining the work force. Many high school students seek out jobs in an effort to become more financially independent and learn to support themselves, however their supervisors must adhere to the strict regulations in place to monitor the amount of time minors spend working. Any management found disregarding child labor laws may be facing serious penalties. If you or someone you love has been subjected to illegal working conditions, you may be able to take legal action against the responsible party.
Information about Child Labor Laws
Each state has its own laws in place to oversee the specifics regarding child labor laws, although there are federal regulations that are the same in every state. These generally pertain to children who are under a certain age, although this number may fluctuate depending on the location and type of work. The Fair Labor Standards Act, or FLSA, says that youth 14 and 15 years old:
- May not work during regularly scheduled school hours
- May not work more than three hours on each school day
- May not work more than eight hours each weekend day
- May not exceed 18 hours of work during the school week or 40 hours during a non school week
- May only work between 7am and 7pm during the school year or 7am and 9pm during the non school months
Once a child has reached the age of 16, he or she is exempt from child labor laws. It is important to note that these restrictions apply only to non-agricultural work. Restrictions for agricultural employees may be slightly different.
For more information regarding child labor laws and your legal rights, contact the Houston employment attorneys of the Ross Law Group.