Kids at work: States try to ease child labor laws at behest of industry

New Arkansas law, education overhaul make it easier to hire minors

By: - April 7, 2023 4:02 pm

As businesses scramble for low-wage workers, 11 states, including Arkansas, have passed laws or are considering legislation to roll back child labor protections. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) 

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

Ariana Figueroa
Ariana Figueroa

Ariana covers the nation's capital for States Newsroom. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections and campaign finance.