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Today, approximately 80% of all students work sometime during high school. Child labor laws ensure that our youth have the necessary time to pursue their education and be employed in a safe workplace. Georgia's child labor law was written in 1878 whereas the federal child labor law is provided for under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) enacted in 1938.

When there are differences between federal and state laws pertaining to child labor, the law providing the more stringent standard is observed.

The Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) Child Labor section administers and monitors the guidelines and restrictions for the employment of youth who have not yet reached their 18th birthday and performs the following functions:
  • Reviews all issued Employment Certificates, commonly called Work Permits, to ensure job duties do not appear to be in violation of the law and that the form has been properly completed;
  • Conducts inspections of possible law violations;
  • Issues Certificates of Consent for minors in entertainment; and
  • Makes child labor presentations to schools, employers, and other interested parties.
For more information on these functions or state laws contact the GDOL Child Labor section at
404-232-3260.

Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must adhere to the federal restrictions.

Employers may call one of these offices of the U.S. Department of Laborís (USDOL) Wage and Hour Division for information on federal laws and to find out if they are subject to the FLSA.
  • 404-893-4600 Atlanta
  • 912-652-4221 Savannah
Georgia Laws and Rules Regulating Employment of Children (PDF)
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Resources for Child Labor
Child Labor Summary Sheet
View or print a summary of the significant child labor employment restrictions imposed by federal and state laws. (PDF)
Child Labor Summary Sheet (Hoja De Resumen Sobre Trabajo De Menores)
View or print the Spanish version of this summary of the significant child labor employment restrictions imposed by federal and state laws. (PDF)
Child Labor Home Schooled Form
View and complete required forms to obtain a Work Permit for Home Schooled Minors. (PDF)
Child Labor Employment Certificate Instructions
Obtain detailed information on how to get and properly complete an employment certificate (work permit).
Get a Youth Work Permit Online
Access the system designed to allow minors to start, and authorized Issuing Officers and Employers to complete, an online work permit.
Child Labor Work Hour Restrictions
Gain information about state and federal laws regarding when minors can work
Child Labor School Attendance Requirements
Get information on the attendance requirements necessary for minors working in Georgia.
Child Labor Hazardous Occupations
Find out which occupations are too dangerous for minors of various ages to perform.
Child Labor Minimum Age Requirements
Get information about state and federal laws regarding the age a minor is eligible to work.
Child Labor Law Exemptions
Review state and federal law exemptions for employment of a minor.
Child Labor Alcoholic Beverages
Learn about state regulations for minors employed in occupations associated with alcoholic beverages.
Child Labor Laws and the WIA
View information on child labor laws as they relate to the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).
Child Labor Entertainment Employment
Discover the requirements associated with the employment of minors in the entertainment industry.
YouthRules! Employer Guides
Access employer guides and other information about employing young workers from the USDOL's Youth Rules! Initiative.
Employer's Pocket Guide on Youth and Employment
View or print a USDOL guide to federal information about what teens can and cannot do on the job. (PDF)
U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) Wage and Hour Division
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USDOL Youth and Labor Information
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