Child Labor Laws In New York

Child Labor Laws in New York For Minors 14 and 15 Years Old

Minors 14 and 15 years old may work in limited jobs with a work permit.  Youth in this age group may work in the following areas:

  • Clerical jobs in factory offices away from the manufacturing zone
  • Providing counter services at dry cleaning facilities, laundromats, tailor or shoe repair shops and other similar businesses
  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Recreational facilities

Minors 14 and 15 years old may not work in an establishment which sells or serves alcohol for consumption. 

They also may not work in factories, painting or cleaning the exteriors of buildings and performing dangerous work on farms.

They may not work in the Hazardous Occupations listed below which are prohibited for all minors under the age of 18.  

New York Child Labor Law details the restrictions for this age group as follows:

When public school is in session:

  • No working during school hours
  • No more than three hours on school days
  • A maximum of eight hours on non-school days
  • A maximum of 18 hours per week
  • No more than six days per week, except for farming assistants and newspaper carriers
  • No earlier than 7am or later than 7pm

When public school is not in session:

  • No more than eight hours per day
  • A maximum of 40 hours per week
  • No more than six days per week, except for farming assistants and newspaper carriers
  • No earlier than 7am or later than 9pm between June 1 and Labor Day

Child Labor Laws in New York For Minors 16 and 17 Years Old

Minors 16 and 17 years old may work in a variety of jobs, all of which require a work permit.  Minors 16 and 17 years old may not work in an establishment which sells or serves alcohol for consumption. 

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They may not work in the following Hazardous Occupations:

  • Construction
  • Logging
  • Meat Packing
  • Mining
  • Operating Power-Driven Equipment or Industrial Machinery
  • Exposure to Radioactive or Poisonous Substances
  • Production of Bricks
  • Handling Explosives
  • Custody of Inmates in Correctional Institutions

New York Child Labor Law details the restrictions for 16 and 17 year olds as follows:

When public school is in session:

  • No working during school hours
  • No more than four hours per day, Monday through Thursday
  • A maximum of eight hours per day on weekends and holidays
  • A maximum of 18 hours per week
  • No more than six days per week, except for farm assistants and newspaper carriers
  • No earlier than 6am or later than 10pm

When public school is not in session:

  • No more than eight hours per day
  • A maximum of 48 hours per week
  • No more than six days per week, except for farm assistants and newspaper carriers
  • No earlier than 6am or later than 12am between June 21 and Labor Day

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