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Pennsylvania Child Labor Act

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The Pennsylvania Child Labor Act restricts employers’ ability to hire minors. Children ages 12 to 14 can work as golf caddies (within certain restrictions), and children ages 14 to 16 can work during nonschool hours. Youth under age 18 may not work more than six consecutive days.

Certain occupations set specific laws governing child employment, including motion picture filming, selling newspapers and working as a bootblack.

Employers must provide a child employee’s school district a copy of his or her work permit within five days of the start of employment. Employers who violate the law are subject to fines.

Tip: Always check the child labor provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), too. You can find them at www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor. For more details on child labor laws in Pennsylvania and other states, go to www.dol.gov/esa/programs/whd/state/nonfarm.htm.  

Excerpted from Pennsylvania’s 13 Most Critical Employment Laws, a special bonus report available to subscribers of HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law.

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