The New York 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 18 may not work in hazardous occupations such as construction, mining or other jobs involving power machinery. Some apprenticeship programs, however, can obtain approval from the state Department of Labor to hire minors.
Until recently, New York employers couldn’t require proof of age from applicants or employees who claimed to be over age 18. But the state legislature now allows you to require any worker or applicant under age 25 to show proof of age.
The Division of Labor Standards in the state Department of Labor administers the child labor law.
To view the list of state-prohibited occupations for minors, go to www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/stprhboc.shtm.