Texas Child Labor: What you need to know

In Texas, workers under the age of 18 are considered minors (“children”) for purposes of employment. State law limits the occupations in which they may be employed and the number of hours they may work. Further distinctions are made among minors according to age, with special rules and exceptions in some groups.
For a Limited Time receive a FREE HR Report on the "Critical HR Recordkeeping”.  This exclusive special report covers hiring records, employment relationships, termination records, litigation issues, electronic information issues, tips for better recordkeeping, and a list of legal requirements.  Download Now
Both state and federal child labor laws apply to most employers, and federal standards will always apply if the employer is engaged in interstate commerce. Employers must comply with the provisions of the more restrictive law.
Child labor laws are vigorously enforced. Because these laws are complex, specific, and extensive, employers should consult the state Department of Labor/Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) before employing minors in uncommon occupations or during unusual hours (TX Labor Code Sec. 51.001et seq. and 40 TX Admin. Code Sec. 817.1et seq.).
There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion of the federal child labor laws..
A hazardous occupation is one that has been declared hazardous under the federal child labor law or an occupation that the Texas Employment Commission has declared to be particularly hazardous.
Minors under the age of 18. The prohibitions for children ages 14 through 17 are the same for both federal and state law. No person under the age of 18 may be employed in any occupation considered to be hazardous. This includes work with most power-driven machinery, although exceptions are made for minors employed in apprenticeship training programs. The prohibitions include:
• Occupations where explosives are manufactured, mixed, or stored
• Occupations involving exposure to radioactive substances and ionizing radiation
• Coal mining, milling, ...

>> Read more about Child Labor

More on this topic:

State Requirements

National | Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming |

Texas Child Labor Resources

Child Labor Products

What to Do About Personnel Problems in [Your State]
Understand how to comply with all HR regulations in YOUR state with this practical resource. You get plain-English explanations of state laws on over 200 key personnel topics. Includes comparisons of your state HR laws vs. federal. No wonder our customers call this service "THE HR RED BOOK™".
Subscription includes online companion site with links/news!
Book available either in print or on CD!"
HR Focus Report: Child Labor Laws - State by State Analysis
How do Federal and State Child Labor Laws interact? Can a parent "employee" their own child -- regardless of the task? Child Labor Laws are stringent make sure you know the answers!"
What to Do About Personnel Problems [in Your State] on CD-ROM
This practical CD ROM resource is the easy way to understand how to comply with all HR regulations in YOUR state. You get plain-English explanations of state laws on over 200 key personnel topics. Includes comparisons of your state HR laws vs. federal. No wonder our customers call this service "THE HR RED BOOK®".
Available in CD or Print delivery."
SmartPolicies - Over 350 Prewritten Personnel Policies
This easy-to-use CD-ROM turns your computer into a policy-writing partner. Smart Policies includes over 350 prewritten policies on over 100 crucial HR topics, developed and used by top companies. Use as is or customize to fit your needs. This CD is a top choice of Society for Human Resouce Management members."
Employment Law Guide in Your State - 2013
2013 Edition

This desktop reference will be an invaluable resource for your business. You get understandable explanations and policy advice, along with comparison of state and federal laws. Includes sample forms, HR policies, and the plain-English help you need to make your compliance job easier. "
Free Special Reports
Get Your FREE HR Management Special Report. Download Any One Of These FREE Special Reports, Instantly!
Featured Special Report
Claim Your Free Copy of Critical HR Recordkeeping

Record retention is complex and time consuming. However, in addition to complying with various federal and state laws, keeping good, well-organized records can be very helpful in documenting and supporting an organization’s employment actions.
Download Now!

This special report will discuss how you can ensure your records are in good order, and establish a record-retention policy.

Topics covered:
1. Hiring Records
2. Employment Relationships
3. Termination Records
4. Litigation Issues
5. Electronic Information Issues
6. Tips for Better Recordkeeping
7. A List of Legal Requirements

Make sure you have the information you need to know to keep your records in order.