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Tennessee Child Labor

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

In addition to the federal standards, employers in Tennessee who employ minors under the age of 18 must comply with Tennessee's Child Labor Act. Tennessee law regulates the employment of all minors under the age of 18. When the Tennessee Child Labor Act and the FLSA overlap, employers must comply with the law that is most protective to minors.

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