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Georgia Child Labor Law

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Under Georgia’s child labor law, minors ages 14 to 17 must obtain employment certificates from their school or county school superintendent in order to work. (The law prohibits employers from hiring children under age 14.)

Also, minors ages 14 to 17 may not dispense, serve, sell or take orders for alcoholic beverages unless the establishment sells alcohol for consumption off premises.

The state law prohibits minors ages 15 and younger to work in several hazardous jobs:

  • With machinery or motor vehicles
  • In food processing
  • On installation or maintenance of fixtures
  • With railroads or railroad cars, conveyers and similar devices
  • Near unguarded gears
  • On vessels or boats
  • Around dangerous gases or acids
  • In the communication and public utilities fields
  • Around freezers, meat coolers
  • Loading or unloading trucks
  • On scaffolding or in construction
  • In mines, quarries or near coke breakers and coke ovens

To work in the entertainment industry, minors must first obtain a certificate of consent from the Georgia Department of Labor, which administers the child labor law (www.dol.state.ga.us/em/child_labor.htm).


Excerpted from Georgia's 11 Most Critical Employment Laws, a special bonus report available to subscribers of HR Specialist: Georgia Employment Law.

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