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Child Labor in Colorado (CO)

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) restricts the hours that minors under 16 years of age can work and prohibits minors under age 18 from working in any occupation that it deems to be hazardous, including excavation, manufacturing explosives, mining, and operating many types of power-driven equipment. Under the law, employers are allowed to pay a youth minimum wage of not less than $4.25 an hour to employees who are under 20 years of age during the first 90 consecutive calendar days after initial employment.


All states have rules regarding the employment of young workers. Regulations provide very specific information on prohibited occupations and other safety standards. In addition, some states have separate minimum wage requirements. When federal and state rules are different, the rule that provides the higher standard will apply. As a result, employers in certain instances may be required to comply with only the federal law, only the state law, or both. If there is any question as to which law applies to a particular employer or situation, the employer should contact a knowledgeable employment law attorney or its state labor department for specific guidance.

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Please Note: The state laws summaries featured on this site are for general informational purposes only. In addition to state law, certain municipalities may enact legislation that imposes different requirements. State and local laws change frequently and, as such, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information featured in the State Laws section. For more detailed information regarding state or local laws, please contact your state labor department or the appropriate local government agency.