child labor

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Gainful employment of a child under age 17 in a workplace that employs adults functioning in equal or similar capacities, in agriculture, factories, the service sector, mines, etc.

child labor

Public health Gainful employment of a child–usually,
< age 15 in a workplace that employs adults functioning in equal or similar capacities. See Sweatshops. Cf Terms of Engagement.
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Last year Congress took the first step in what many child advocates fear will be an all-out assault on child-labor laws.
The Labor Department and the fiercest Capitol Hill advocate of protecting children have drawn attention to the latest report chronicling international child-labor abuses in various industries, including carpet manufacturing and the sisal trade.
Harkin told a press gathering that his child-labor bill would not see action in the Republican dominated Congress this year and added, "We will try again next year.
SUPPORTING AN OPINION: Might child-labor conditions described in the play have improved without the force of law?
Seeing the miserable conditions those kids faced, Hine and many other people worked to bring about child-labor reforms (changes for improvement).