Vermont Child Labor in Agriculture & Farming
Child labor laws on Vermont 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.
Vermont Agricultural Child Labor Age RestrictionsAccording to Vermont state law, the minimum age at which a minor may work in agriculture during school hours is 16, 14 with labor certificate. There are no age restrictions for minors working in agriculture outside of school hours.
Minor Employment Certificate Requirements in VermontAn employment certificate is required by Vermont state law for minors working in agriculture under the age of 16 during school hours. No age certification is required for minors working in agriculture under Vermont laws.
Vermont Agricultural Child Labor Restrictions on Working Hours
Maximum Working Hours for Minors Under 16
Up to 8 hours per day and 40 per week may be worked.
Vermont specifies the following as the maximum days per week in which a minor under 16 can perform agricultural work: 6
Nightwork Regulations for Minors Under 16
Nightwork is prohibited for minors under age 16 during the following time windows: Exempt
Prohibited Hazardous Agricultural Occupations for Minors
Vermont has no specific agriculture hazardous occupations. Those of general application for workers under 16 are considered as covering agriculture where applicable (including operating a machine having an unguarded belt, adjusting belt- driven equipment, and cleaning machinery).
Other Vermont Child Labor Laws
In addition to laws specifically regulating minors employed in the agricultural industry, Vermont law has a variety of regulations that cover child labor in general. To learn more, see Vermont child labor laws.