Federal child labor laws state that the minimum age to work is 14 (with some exceptions).
However, child labor laws in each state may also indicate the minimum age to work and which permits are needed. When there is a conflict between federal and state laws, the more restrictive law will apply.
Before children begin working jobs for kids it is important to review the rules and restrictions surrounding minor labor laws. Here is an overview of the requirements for children to work in each state. For specific laws and rules in your state, visit the state labor website. In addition, be sure to review if any of the laws in your state have recently changed.
State: New York
Child employment certificate needed to work: Required by New York state law for kids under age 18.<
Where to obtain employment certificate needed to work: Employment certificates are provided by the school. The Labor Department will provide the employment certificates for child performers.
Age certificate needed to work: Children ages 18 and over will be provided with an age certificate by request, however, it is not required under New York state law.
State Labor Website: For more information on the minimum age to work in New York and how to obtain employment certificates visit the New York State Labor Website.
Requirements for other states: If you live in a different state, or plan to work in a different state, you can review the minimum age to work by state.