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Child Labor: California

Child Labor requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Michael Cardman, XpertHR Legal Editor


  • California places several additional requirements and restrictions on child labor that go well beyond those of the federal government. Its child labor regulations are among the most extensive in the nation.
  • California has established child labor requirements involving prohibited occupations and hours of work. See Prohibited Occupations and Hours of Work.
  • California requires almost all minors to have a permit to work. See Work Permits.
  • Employers in the entertainment industry must pay special attention to California's child labor requirements. The state has many additional regulations that are specific to that industry. See Entertainment Industry.