Author: Sarah A. Donovan
This report describes the FLSA child labor provisions, accompanying DOL regulations, and their administration. Taken together, these constitute what is commonly known as "federal child labor law." In addition, all states have child labor laws, compulsory schooling requirements, and other laws that govern children’s employment and activities. No state law may weaken the worker protections provided by the FLSA. However, state laws that impose greater worker protections will supersede those provided by the FLSA. Such state protections are not discussed in this report.