Enforced by the Division of Wage and Hour Compliance, the New Jersey Child prohibits employers from hiring minors under age 16 for factory jobs and other specifically excluded occupations.
Generally, those ages 14 to 16 can work outside school hours and during summer vacation. Certain industry-specific restrictions apply.
Minors under age 16 may not work prior to 7 a.m. or past 7 p.m. unless they’re employed in supermarkets, restaurants or retail establishments or during summer vacation. They must also have signed permission from a parent or a guardian to work.
Generally, minors under age 18 may not work more than six consecutive days in one week, 40 hours per week or eight hours per day. Employers may not schedule them to work after 11 p.m. on nights before school days. They may not work more than five hours continuously without a 30-minute lunch break. (Any breaks shorter than 30 minutes aren’t considered an interruption of continuous work.)
Exception: Summer camps run by nonprofits that employ workers ages 16 to 18 during June through September are exempt from the law.
Tip: The federal Fair Labor Standards Act also sets child labor rules. To read those regulations, go to www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor.