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The New Jersey Child Labor Law Abstract is a child labor law poster by the New Jersey Department Of Labor and Workforce Development. This is a mandatory posting for all employers in New Jersey, and businesses who fail to comply may be subject to fines or sanctions.

This poster must be posted in a conspicuous place where all employees will see it. This poster describes the requirements and restrictions for minors in various kinds of employments, the minimum age a minor can work, the most hours a minor can work weekly and daily as well as prohibited hours of working and if a certificate or working permit is required for minors to be able to work.

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Restaurant and Seasonal  Same as for General Employment except that minors at least 16 years of a\
ge may be employed after midnight during 
regular school vacation season providing work began before 11 p.m. of the previous day, or on work days which do not 
  begin on a school day, with special written permission from parent or guardian. May not be employed after 3 a.m. or before 
  6 a.m. of a day before a school day.
Public Bowling Alleys  Same as for General Employment except that minors who are at least 16 years of age may be employed as pinsetters, lane 
  attendants, or busboys until 11:30 p.m. but if it is during the school t\
erm the minor must have a special permit.
Domestic Services in Private Homes:  14 years old  No Restrictions  None Employment 
No restriction on work performed   Outside school hours  (Except minors under 16 limited to   Certificate 
outside schooI hours in connection  16 years old 3 hours per day, 18 hours per week,   
with minor’s own home and directly  During school hours when school is in session ) 
for the minor’s parent or legal guardian.     
Messengers for Communications   14 years old No Restrictions   None Employment 
Companies Under Supervision and   Outside schooI hours     Certificate
Control of F.C.C.  16 years old     
  During school hours
Factory  16 years old 8 hours daily  Before 6 a.m. Employment
   40 hours weekly  After 10 p.m. during Certificate
   6 days a week  school vacation
    After 11 p.m. when
     school is in session.
Kind of Employment 
Minimum Age Hours of Work Not to Exceed 
(1)(3) Hours Permit Required (2)
Theatrical: Professional  None: Minors under Under 16: No more than 2 shows or   Under 16 Under 16
employment in a theatrical  16 must be accom-  productions(4) daily or 8 weekly, 5 hours daily,      Before 7 a.m.  Special
production, including stage,   panied at all times 24 hours weekly, 6 days a week. (Includes             After 11:30 p.m.(6) Theatrical
motion pictures, and   by an adult who rehearsal time. Combined hours of school    Permit
television performances  is a parent, guardian, and work not to exceed 8 hours daily.)
and rehearsals.  or representative of 
 employer.  16 &17 years old: 8 hours daily
(5)(6) 16 &17 years old  16 &17 years old
                                        40 hours weekly  Before 6 a.m. Employment
                                        6 days a week  After 11:30 p.m.
(6) Certificate
Agriculture:  No restriction on  12 years old 10 hours daily    None 12 thru 15 years 
work performed outside school   Outside school hours 6 days a week   old only
hours in connection with minor’s      Special Agricultural
own home and directly for the   16 years old  10 hours daily   Permit
minor’s parent or legal guardian.  During school hours 6 days a week   
Newspaper Carriers: Minors  11 years old Combined hours of school and work   11 thru 13 years  11 thru 17 years old
who deliver, solicit, sell and collect    not to exceed 8 hours daily, old N.J. publishers
for newspapers outside of school    40 hours weekly, 7 days. Before 6 a.m. may issue Special
hours on residential routes.     After 7 p.m.  Newspaper Carrier 
       Permit or local issuing 
     14 thru 17 years  officer may issue:
     old Special Permit
     Before 5:30 a.m. (11 thru15years old) or
      After 8 p.m.  Employment Certificate 
      (16 and 17 years old). 
Street Trades: Minors who  14 years old 3 hours per day, 18 hours per week  14 & 15  Special Street
sell, offer for sale, solicit for, collect  Outside school when school is in session.  years old Trades Permit or
for, display, or distribute any articles,  hours  During school vacation, 8 hours per day,   Before 7 a.m.  Employment
goods, merchandise, commercial    40 hours per week, 6 days per week. After 7 p.m.              Certificate
service, posters, circulars,      
newspapers or magazines or in  16 years old    16 & 17 years  Employment
blacking shoes on any street or other  During school hours 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week,  old  Certificate
public place or from house to house.    6 days per week. Before 6 a.m.
     After 11 p.m.
General Employment: Includes   14 years old  3 hours per day, 18 hours per week  14 & 15 years  Employment
mercantile establishments,   when school is in session.  old Certificate
golf caddying, private bowling alleys,    During school vacation, 8 hours per day, Before 7 a.m.
offices, gas stations, garages, and    40 hours per week, 6 days per week. After 7 p.m.
other places or means of gainful
occupations unless otherwise 16 years old 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week,  16 & 17 years  Employment
specified.   6 days per week.  old Certificate
     Before 6 a.m. 
     After 11 p.m. 
     1. School vacation
     2. Days not preceding a
     school day with special
     written permission of
     parent or guardian.)
1 A minor who is at least 17 years of age and a graduate of a vocational \
approved by the Commissioner of Education may engage in those pursuits in 
which the minor majored in said vocational school during those hours permitted 
for persons 18 years of age and over, provided an employment certificate is 
issued and accompanied by the minor’s diploma or a certified copy thereof.
2 No certificate or permit required for minors at least 14 years of age employed 
when schools in the minor’s district are not in session at agricultural fairs, 
horse, dog, or farm shows the duration of which do not exceed 10 days. N\
certificate required for minors 15 and older during school vacation for first 14 
days of employment in food service, restaurant, retail operations, or seasonal 
amusement occupations.
3 Does not apply to employment of a minor 16 or 17 years of age during th\
months of June, July, August, or September by a summer resident camp, 
conference  or  retreat  operated  by  a  nonprofit  or  religious  corporation  or  association, unless the employment is primarily general maintenance work\
or food service activities.
4 Where the professional employment is reasonably separable into discrete 
shows or productions. 
5 In Theatrical employment the combined time spent on a set or on call and 
performance time shall not exceed a total of eight hours in any one day.
6 In certain cases of Theatrical employment the commissioner has the 
authority to amend the hours of the day during which a minor may work bu\
not the total hours.
7 In General Employment 14- and 15-year-old minors may work until 9 
p.m. with written permission of parent or guardian during period of time 
beginning on last day of minor’s school year and ending on Labor Day.
Punishment for Violations of Child Labor Law
Whoever employs or permits or suffers any minor to be employed or to work 
in violation of this act, or of any order or ruling issued under the provisions of 
this act, or obstructs the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, 
its  officers  or  agents,  or  any  other  person  authorized  to  inspect  places  of 
employment under this act, and whoever, having under his control or custody 
any minor, permits or suffers him to be employed or to work in violation of this 
act, shall be guilty of an offense. If a defendant acts knowingly, an offense 
under this section shall be a crime of the fourth degree. Otherwise it shall be 
a disorderly persons offense and the defendant shall, upon conviction for a 
violation, be punished by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $2,000 
for an initial violation and not less than $200 nor more than $4,000 for each 
subsequent violation. Each day during which any violation of this act continues 
shall constitute a separate and distinct offense, and the employment of any 
minor in violation of the act shall, with respect to each minor so employed, 
constitute a separate and distinct offense.
As an alternative to or in addition to any other sanctions provided by law for 
violations  of  P.L.  1940,  c.153  (C.34:2-21.1  et  seq.),  when  the  Commissioner  of 
Labor and Workforce Development finds that an individual has violated that act, the 
commissioner is authorized to assess and collect administrative penaltie\
s of not  more than $500 for a first violation, not more than $1,000 for a second violation, 
and not more than $2,500 for each subsequent violation, specified in a schedule 
of penalties to be promulgated as a rule or regulation by the commissioner in 
accordance with the “Administrative Procedure Act,” P.L. 1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-
1 et seq.). When determining the amount of the penalty imposed because of a 
violation, the commissioner shall consider factors which include the his\
tory of 
previous violations by the employer, the seriousness of the violation, the good 
faith of the employer, and the size of the employer’s business. No administrative 
penalty shall be leveled pursuant to this section unless the Commissione\
r of Labor 
and Workforce Development provides the alleged violator with notification of the 
violation and of the amount of the penalty by certified mail and an opportunity 
to  request  a  hearing  before  the  commissioner  or  his  designee  within  15  days 
following the receipt of the notice. If a hearing is requested, the commissioner 
shall  issue  a  final  order  upon  such  hearing  and  a  finding  that  a  violation  has 
occurred. If no hearing is requested, the notice shall become a final order upon 
expiration  of  the  15-day  period.  Payment  of  the  penalty  is  due  when  a  final 
order is issued or when the notice becomes a final order. Any penalty imposed 
pursuant to this section may be recovered with costs in a summary preceding 
commenced by the commissioner pursuant to the "Penalty Enforcement Law 
of 1999," P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.). 
MW-129 (R-12-13)
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development
New Jersey Child Labor Law Abstract
34:2-21.1 to 34:2-21.64 N.J.S.A. and Rules and Regulations
                         Prohibited                           Certificate or 
This notice is to be posted in a conspicuous place.  This notice is for ready reference only. For full text, consult N.J.S.A. 34:2-21.1 et seq. and N.J.A.C. 12:58 et seq.
Exemptions to some of these prohibitions apply to 
work done by pupils in public or private schools under 
supervision and instruction of officers or teachers, or 
to a minor who is at least 17 years of age employed in 
the type of work in which the minor majored under the 
conditions of the special vocational school graduate 
permit or to minors in junior achievement programs. The 
Department of Education, however, does limit the prohibited 
occupations which minors in these programs may perform. 
Employers should check with the coordinator of each program 
to determine these prohibitions.
No minor under 16 years of age shall be employed, permitted, 
or suffered to work in, about, or in connection with power-
driven machinery.
Power-driven machinery includes, but is not limited to the 
Conveyors and related equipment,
Power lawn mowers,
Power woodworking and metal working tools. 
Power-driven machinery shall not include:
Cash register conveyor belt in a supermarket or retail 
establishment for minors at least 15 years of age working 
as cashiers or baggers,
Standard office type machines,
Standard domestic type machines or appliances when used 
in domestic or business establishments,
Agricultural machines when used on farms such as standard 
type poultry feeders, egg washers, egg coolers, and milking 
An attended or unattended standard type passenger 
No minor under 18 years of age shall be employed, 
suffered, or permitted to work in, about, or in connection 
with the following:
The manufacture or packing of paints, colors, white lead, 
or red lead,
The handling of dangerous or poisonous acids or dyes; 
injurious  quantities  of  toxic  or  noxious  dust,  gases,  vapors 
or fumes,
Work involving exposure to benzol or any benzol compound 
which is volatile or which can penetrate the skin,
The manufacture, transportation or use of explosives or highly 
inflammable substances.
The wording “the manufacture, transportation or use of 
explosives or highly inflammable substances” as used in the 
prohibited occupations section of the Child Labor Act does 
not include the filling of the gasoline tanks of gasoline motor-
driven vehicles by use of a hose which is a part of the type of 
automatic or manual-powered pumping equipment commonly 
used for that purpose in gasoline service stations.
This interpretation does not in any way affect any 
prohibition contained in the Child Labor Law concerning 
power-driven or hazardous machinery or hazardous 
Oiling, wiping, or cleaning machinery in motion or assisting 
Operation or helping in the operation of power-driven 
woodworking machinery, provided that apprentices 
operating  under  conditions  of  a  bona  fide  apprenticeship 
may operate such machines under competent instruction 
and supervision.
Grinding, abrasive, polishing or buffing machines, provided 
that  apprentices  operating  under  conditions  of  a  bona  fide 
apprenticeship may grind their own tools.
Punch presses or stamping machines if the clearance 
between the ram and the die or the stripper exceeds one-
fourth inch.
Cutting machines having a guillotine action.
Corrugating, crimping or embossing machines.
Paper lace machines.
Dough brakes or mixing machines in bakeries or cracker 
Calendar rolls or mixing rolls in rubber manufacturing.
Centrifugal extractors or mangles in laundries or dry cleaning 
Ore reduction works, smelters, hot rolling mills, furnaces, 
foundries, forging shops, or any other place in which the 
heating, melting or heat treatment of metals is carried on.
Mines or quarries.
Steam  boilers  carrying  a  pressure  in  excess  of  fifteen 
Prohibited Occupations Records Requirements
For all minors under the age of 18, except those engaged in 
domestic service in private homes, and in agricultural pursuits, 
and for those minors between 16 and 18 years of age employed 
during the months of June, July, August or September by a 
summer resident camp, conference or retreat operated by a 
nonprofit or religious corporation or association.
Name, address, date of birth, hours of beginning and ending 
daily work periods and meal periods, number of hours worked 
each day, and wages paid to each minor.
For Newspaper Carriers: Name, address, date of birth, date 
he or she commenced and ceased delivering newspapers, 
number of newspapers sold, and a general description of the 
area of the route served.
Minimum Wage Requirements:
The minimum wage rate shall not be applicable to minors 
under 18 years of age except as provided in N.J.A.C. 
12:56-11, 12:56-13, 12:56-14 and N.J.A.C. 12:57, Wage 
Orders for Minors.
General Information
Minors under 18 years of age must receive a 30-minute 
meal period after 5 consecutive hours of work.
Minors under 16 years of age may not be employed 
during the hours they are required to attend school.
Minors who are gainfully employed must have an 
employment certificate-also called “working papers.” 
These  are  secured  from  the  issuing  officer  of  the 
school district where a minor resides. A minor must 
apply in person.
Read working papers carefully. They contain 
information that is important to you. Papers are valid 
only for the period of time and conditions stated 
An age certificate may be required by an employer of 
a minor who is between the ages of 18 and 21. This 
certificate  is  obtained  from  the  issuing  officer  and 
protects the employer against the possibility of age 
Construction work (exemptions include minors doing volunteer work 
in affordable housing).
Construction work shall mean the erection, alteration, repair, 
renovation, demolition or removal of any building or structure; the 
excavation,  filling  and  grading  of  sites;  the  excavation,  repair  or 
paving of roads and highways; and any function performed within 30 
feet of the above operations. Construction work shall not mean the 
repair or painting of fences, buildings and structures not exceeding 
twelve feet in height.
Fabrication or assembly of ships.
Operation or repair of elevators or other hoisting apparatus.
Any  establishment  where  alcoholic  liquors  are  distilled,  rectified, 
compounded, brewed, manufactured, bottled, or sold for consumption 
on the premises ( except minors at least 16 years of age may be 
employed as pinsetters, lane attendants, or busboys in public bowling 
alleys,  and  in  restaurants  or  in  the  executive  offices,  maintenance 
departments, or pool or beach areas of a hotel, motel or guest house, 
but not in the preparation, sale or serving of alcoholic beverages, nor 
in the preparation of photographs, nor in any dancing or theatrical 
exhibition or performance which is not part of a theatrical production 
where alcoholic beverages are sold on the premises, while so 
employed; and minors at least 14 years of age may be employed as 
golf caddies and pool attendants).
Pool and billiard rooms.
The transportation of payrolls other than within the premises of the 
Corn  pickers,  power  hay  balers,  power  field  choppers,  including 
work in or on same.
A junk or scrap metal yard, which is defined as any place where old 
iron, metal, paper, cordage, and other refuse may be collected and 
deposited or both and sold or may be treated so as to be again used 
in some form or discarded or where automobiles or machines are 
demolished for the purpose of salvaging of metal or parts.
Any place or condition operated or maintained for immoral purposes 
or a disorderly house.
The fueling of aircraft, either commercial or private.
Demolition of buildings, ships, or heavy machinery.
Corrosive material.
Carcinogenic substances.
Circular saws, band saws, guillotine shears. 
Indecent or immoral exposure.
Posing nude or without generally accepted attire.
Work in video stores where X-rated movies are rented or sold.
Radioactive substances and ionizing radiation.
Toxic or hazardous substances.
Most occupations in slaughtering, meat packing, processing, 
or rendering, including the operations of slicing machines used 
in delicatessens and restaurants for cutting or slicing any food 
The service of single-piece or multi-piece rimwheels.
The service of beverages out of any bar service area, including, but 
not limited to, outside bars at pools or other recreational facilities.
Prohibitions: Actors and Performers
Appearing as a rope or wire walker or rider, gymnast, wrestler, boxer, 
contortionist, acrobat, rider of a horse or other animal unless the 
minor is trained to safely ride such horse or animal or rider of any 
vehicle other than that generally used by a minor of the same age.
Appearing in any illegal, indecent, or immoral exhibition, practice, 
or theatrical production.
Any practice, exhibition or theatrical production 
dangerous to the life, limb, health or morals of a minor.
Appearance or exhibition of any physically deformed or mentally 
deficient minor.
Enforced by:
Department of Labor and Workforce Development
Division of Wage and Hour Compliance
PO Box 389
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0389
Working Together to Keep New Jersey Working
Additional copies of this poster or any other required posters may 
be obtained by contacting the New Jersey Department of Labor 
and Workforce Development, Office of Constituent Relations, 
PO Box 110, Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110; (609) 777-3200.
New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development is 
an equal opportunity employer with equal opportunity programs. 
Auxiliary  aids  and  services  are  available  upon  request  to 
individuals with disabilities.
If you need this document in Braille or large print, call 
(609) 292-2305. TTY users can contact this department 
through New Jersey Relay: 7-1-1.

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