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Child Labor: Michigan

Child Labor requirements for other states

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

Authors: James F. Hermon and Lauren M. Phillips, Dykema Gossett PLLC


  • Michigan's Youth Employment Standards Act regulates the employment of minors under 18 years of age.
  • Michigan limits the types of jobs minors can work. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • Minors' work hours are restricted, depending on their age. See Hours of Work.
  • Minors are entitled to a break after working five hours. See Break Periods.
  • Employers must obtain work permits for most minor employees. See Employment Certificates.