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Child Labor: Washington

Child Labor requirements for other states

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

Author: Gloria Ju


  • Washington's child labor laws regulate the employment of minors under 18 years of age.
  • Washington prohibits employers from employing minors in certain occupations. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • The law limits the hours minors can work, depending on their age. See Hours of Work.
  • Minors have rights to rest and meal periods, which differ depending on the minor's age. See Break Periods.
  • Employers must obtain a work permit in order to employ minors in both agricultural and nonagricultural employment. See Employment Certificates.
  • In order to obtain an exception to child labor rules, an employer may apply for a variance or a special variance. See Employment Certificates.