Wage and Hour Compliance

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Youth Employment

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The Child Labor Law protects workers under the age of 18 by limiting the number of hours they can work and imposing restrictions on the types of work they can perform. Among other requirements, the law stipulates that:

  • All minors under the age of 18 who work in New Jersey must have an employment certificate, also known as "working papers," or a special permit (for agriculture, newspaper carrier, or theatrical employment)
  • An employment certificate is required for each employer
  • Minors must be given a 30-minute meal break after 5 continuous hours of work