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Child Labor: Oregon

Child Labor requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Gloria Ju


  • Oregon's child labor law generally covers minors under 18 years of age.
  • An employer in Oregon may not employ minors without providing certain working conditions. See General Working Conditions.
  • Unlike federal law, Oregon law regarding prohibited occupations applies to agricultural employment. Oregon also specifies other prohibited occupations for minors under 16 years of age. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • Minors' work hours are restricted based on age, but all minors are entitled to show-up pay. See Hours of Work.
  • An employer must provide minors with both meal and rest breaks. See Break Periods.
  • While work permits are required only for minors under 14 years of age, employment of minors 14 to 17 years old requires an employment certificate and proof of age. See Employment Certificates.
  • An employer may apply for a special permit that allows minors to work beyond the legal work hours limits. See Employment Certificates.