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Child Labor: New York

Child Labor requirements for other states

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

Author: Gloria Ju


  • New York's child labor law regulates the employment of minors under 18 years of age.
  • New York prohibits employers from employing minors in certain occupations. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • The law limits the hours minors can work, depending on age. See Hours of Work.
  • Minors have the same rights to meal and rest periods as adult employees, but there are special rules for child performers. See Break Periods.
  • In order to work, minors must have working papers. See Employment Certificates.