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North Carolina Child Labor

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets 14 as the minimum age for employment. It also limits the number of hours worked by minors under the age of 16 and prohibits any minor under the age of 18 from working in hazardous occupations, as determined by the Department of Labor.

In addition to the federal standards, employers in North Carolina who employ minors under the age of 18 must comply with North Carolina's Wage and Hour Act child labor laws. North Carolina law regulates the employment of children under the age of 18. Governmental, agricultural and domestic employers are exempt from the North Carolina youth employment provisions.

When both state and federal child labor provisions overlap, employers must comply with the law providing the broadest protection to minors.

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