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Child Labor: New Jersey

Child Labor requirements for other states

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

Author: John Sarno, Employers Association of New Jersey


  • New Jersey places 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.
  • Under New Jersey law, minors may not work in certain occupations or situations. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • New Jersey law substantially restricts the hours during which a minor may work. See Hours of Work.
  • New Jersey employers are required to provide meal breaks to minors under certain circumstances. See Break Periods.
  • New Jersey requires almost all minors to have a permit to work. See Employment Certificates.