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Nevada Child Labor Laws

Child labor laws are regulations that are designed to prevent the exploitation of children by restricting the types of jobs and the number of hours they are legally permitted to work. Beyond federal minimum mandatory requirements, Nevada has its own comprehensive child labor laws in place. At Ace Law Group, we are devoted to protecting the legal rights and financial interests of employees. Here, our Las Vegas employment lawyer provides an in-depth guide to child labor regulations in Nevada. 

A Comprehensive Overview of Child Labor Regulations in Nevada

Nevada has comprehensive child labor regulations in place. These laws are designed to protect young people and to ensure that employers are not exploiting their labor or interfering with their education. The rules for employing a teenager in Nevada depend, largely, on the age of the child. Here is a comprehensive overview of the key points to know about child labor laws in Nevada: 

  • Nevada Does Not Restrict Working Rights of 16/17 Year Olds: In Nevada, teenagers who are 16 years of age and 17 years of age are permitted to work. There are only very minimal restrictions under child labor laws regarding the types of jobs they can hold. For example, federal regulations prohibit employment in certain hazardous occupations. Still, teenagers may engage in full-time work if it is outside of school hours. 
  • Limit On Total Working Hours of 14/15 Year Olds: Under Nevada law (NRS 609.240), there are strict limitations on the total amount of hours that 14 year olds and 15 year olds can work. During the school year, these teens can work no more than 3 hours per day and a maximum of 18 hours per week. However, during the summer they can work more. When school is not in session, they may work up to 8 hours per day and up to 40 hours per week
  • Restriction On Night and Early Morning Work for 14/15 Year Olds: Nevada law also regulates the time of day that 14/15 years old can work. During the school year, work hours can extend from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Outside of those hours, no work should be performed. However, during the summer vacation period, these teenagers are permitted to extend their working hours until 9:00 p.m.
  • Presumption that 13 and Under Should Not Work at All: In Nevada, it is generally presumed that children 13 years of age and younger should not be employed at all. In this regard, state law aligns with federal guidelines. There are limited exceptions made for certain types of family businesses and entertainment industry roles.  

Teenage Workers are Entitled to Fair Wages

All teenagers in an hourly position must be paid at least the state-mandated minimum wage. There is no exception in Nevada that allows employees to pay younger workers less. In other words, in Nevada, the minimum wage for a 15-year-old is the same as it is for adults. As of July 1, 2024, the minimum wage in the state will increase $12.00 per hour for all employees. 

An Employer in Nevada Can Be Held Liable for a Child Labor Violation

An employer can be held liable for child labor violations if they employ minors in ways that breach established federal or state labor laws. Along with other things, this includes having minors work more hours than permitted, having minors work in prohibited occupations, and failing to pay minors a state-mandated minimum wage. 

Why Families Rely On Ace Law Group for Child Labor Law Claims in Nevada

Child labor cases are complicated. As a part, you may have a lot of questions about the rights of your teenager. Employers must be held accountable when they violate worker rights—especially when those employees are minors. At Ace Law Group, we are strong and experienced advocates for justice. With a proven history of verdicts and settlements for clients, our Las Vegas employment law team has the expertise needed to handle all types of child labor claims in Nevada. 

Contact Our Las Vegas Child Labor Law Attorney Today

At Ace Law Group, our Las Vegas employment lawyers handle the full range of cases, including child labor claims. Have questions about child labor laws in Nevada? We are here as a legal resource. Reach out to us by phone at (702) 333-4223 or contact us online to arrange your confidential initial appointment. With an office in Las Vegas, we handle employment law matters throughout Nevada.