Child Labor Laws in Colorado
Fair Labor Standards Act
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) child labor provisions are designed to protect minors by restricting the types of jobs and the number of hours they may work.
A minor is any person under the age of 18, except a person who has received a high school diploma or a passing score on the General Equivalency Degree (GED) examination.
The secretary of labor has determined that some jobs are out of bounds for teens below the age of 18. Generally, they may not work at hazardous jobs that include the following:
- Driving a motor vehicle and being an outside helper on a motor vehicle
- Excavation operations
- Exposure to radioactive substances and to ionizing radiations
- Manufacturing or storing explosives
- Power-driven circular saws, band saws and guillotine shears
- Power-driven hoisting equipment
- Power-driven metal-forming, punching and shearing machines
- Power-driven wood-working machines
- Roofing operations
- Wrecking, demolition and ship-breaking operations
- General Restrictions - No employer shall be permitted to work a minor more than 40 hours in a week or more than eight hours in any 24-hour period.
- Nighttime Restrictions - Except for babysitters, no minor under the age of 16 shall be permitted to work between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 5 a.m., unless the next day is not a school day. An exception to this rule is a minor employed as an actor, model or performer.
- School Day Restrictions - On school days, during school hours, no minor under the age of 16 shall be permitted employment except as provided by a school release permit. After school hours no minor under the age of 16 shall be permitted to work in excess of six hours unless the next day is not a school day.