In New Hampshire, workers under the age of 18 are considered minors for purposes of employment. The provisions of the Youth Employment Law distinguish among minors according to age, type of occupation, daytime and nighttime work, and number of hours that may be worked. It is the employer's responsibility under these laws to ensure that each of its employees is old enough to legally perform his or her job duties during the assigned hours.
The law is administered by the Department of Labor. Because it is complex and extensive, employers wishing to employ minors in occupations that they consider at all questionable should consult the Department of Labor (NH Rev. Stat. Sec. 276-A:1et seq.).
State and federal child labor laws govern the work life of almost all workers under the age of 18. If there is a conflict, the more protective standard applies. There is a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws.
Exceptions. Children working for parents, grandparents, or guardians, or working at casual work or at farm labor are not subject to the child labor laws.