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Young Workers in NJ: Rights and Protections for Workers under 18

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New Jersey’s Child Labor Law protects you by limiting the number of hours you can work and the type of work you can do. Among other requirements, the law states:

  • All minors working in NJ must have an employment certificate, also known as "working papers," or a special permit (see below) for each job they work
  • All minors must be given a 30-minute meal break after 6 continuous hours of work. Breaks less than 30 minutes do not count as an interruption of continuous work.
  • Minors may not work more than 6 consecutive days in a week.
  • Workers under 16 may not work more than 40 hours a week and 8 hours a day, with certain exceptions for agricultural work.
  • During the school year, minors under 16 may only work outside of scheduled school hours.
  • Workers 16 and up may work up to 50 hours in one week and up to 10 hours a day only between the last day of school and Labor Day.
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File a wage claim | Presentar un reclamo de salario

If you believe that your employer has not properly paid you, or you have a complaint against an employer for violating a NJ Labor Law enforced by the Division of Wage and Hour Compliance, file a wage complaint:

Your identity and other personally identifiable information are protected from disclosure to your employer and others, with limited exceptions. For more information, click here.

If you choose to file anonymously, you must do so by mail. Learn more here.

If you are not sure whether the Division of Wage & Hour Compliance will be able to help you with your complaint, email us for help.

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