Pennsylvania Child Labor in Agriculture & Farming
Child labor laws on Pennsylvania 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.
Pennsylvania exempts agricultural work from child labor law. A separate law covers seasonal farm workers.
Pennsylvania Agricultural Child Labor Age RestrictionsAccording to Pennsylvania state law, there are no age restrictions for minors working in agriculture during school hours. The minimum age at which a minor may work in agriculture outside of school hours is A seasonal farm worker under 14 may not be required to work.
Minor Employment Certificate Requirements in PennsylvaniaNo employment certificate is required for minors working in agriculture under Pennsylvania laws. No age certification is required for minors working in agriculture under Pennsylvania laws.
Pennsylvania Agricultural Child Labor Restrictions on Working Hours
Maximum Working Hours for Minors Under 16
Employment is prohibited from 7 a.m. to 1 hour after end of the schoolday of the school district in which the minor is employed, for all minors under 18 whether or not they are registered in that school district.
Pennsylvania 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
Pennsylvania does not specify any time windows in which minors under 16 are prohibited to work.
Prohibited Hazardous Agricultural Occupations for Minors
Pennsylvania does not specify any specific prohibited hazardous occupations for minors engaged in agricultural work. However, Federal child labor regulations do specify such prohibited occupations.
Other Pennsylvania Child Labor Laws
In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the agricultural industry, Pennsylvania law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see Pennsylvania child labor laws.