Child Labor Restrictions under the FLSA


This practice note provides guidance on the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) child labor restrictions. The FLSA restricts the amount of time and conditions under which minors age 17 and younger are permitted to work. The act deems work that violates these standards to be “oppressive child labor.” Further, FLSA section 212(a) prohibits the interstate transfer of goods produced in an establishment that employs “oppressive child labor.”