New Mexico Child Labor in Agriculture & Farming
Child labor laws on New Mexico and Federal levels have special provisions that apply to minors working in the agricultural industry, including working as farm hands, harvesting fruit or vegetables, etc. In many states, agricultural child labor laws focus on safety and tend to be less restrictive in terms of working hours than general child labor regulations.
In most cases, agricultural child labor laws do not apply to children working on their family's farm. Many traditionally agricultural states have less restrictive child labor laws in this area.
New Mexico Agricultural Child Labor Age RestrictionsAccording to New Mexico state law, the minimum age at which a minor may work in agriculture during school hours is 16, 14 in hardship cases. There are no age restrictions for minors working in agriculture outside of school hours.
Minor Employment Certificate Requirements in New MexicoAn employment certificate is required by New Mexico state law for minors working in agriculture under the age of 16. Age certification is required for minors working in agriculture who are under the age of 18 (must be provided on request).
New Mexico Agricultural Child Labor Restrictions on Working Hours
Maximum Working Hours for Minors Under 16
8 hours per day and up to 44 per week can be worked (with special cases allowing 8/48) for minors under 14.
New Mexico does not specify any limitations on the number of days per week that can be worked by minors under 16 who are engaged in agricultural work.
Nightwork Regulations for Minors Under 16
Nightwork is prohibited for minors under age 16 during the following time windows: 9 p.m. to 7 a.m., for ages under 14
Prohibited Hazardous Agricultural Occupations for Minors
New Mexico has no specific agriculture hazardous occupations. Those of general application for workers under 16 are considered as covering agriculture where applicable (e.g. operating belted, moving, machinery).
Other New Mexico Child Labor Laws
In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the agricultural industry, New Mexico law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see New Mexico child labor laws.