November 4, 2016

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Federal and State Labor Laws for Youth Work-Based Learning

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE), in collaboration with the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, has developed a guide to Federal and State Labor Laws for Youth Work-Based Learning (PDF) experiences.  This resource compares federal and state labor laws for nonagricultural and agricultural occupations, parental exemption, and prohibited and hazardous occupations as they relate to youth work-based learning.

For more detailed information refer to the Career and Technical Education Work-Based Learning Guide (PDF) and A Strategic Review of Work-Based Learning in Virginia, Expanding Opportunities for Students (PDF) on the VDOE website.

If you have questions, please contact the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at or by telephone at (804) 225-3119.