Child Labor: Washington
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.