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Child Labor: Pennsylvania

Child Labor requirements for other states

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

Author: Michael R. Galey, Fisher Phillips


  • Pennsylvania's Child Labor Act generally applies to minors under 18 years of age.
  • Pennsylvania prohibits employers from employing minors in certain occupations. See Prohibited Occupations.
  • The law limits the hours minors can work, depending on age, with special rules for child performers. See Hours of Work.
  • Minors must receive rest periods. See Break Periods.
  • In order to work, minors must have a work permit. Child performers must have a special entertainment permit. See Employment Certificates.