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Quick Guide to Child Employment

Child Employment

Child employment laws are administered through the United States Federal Government to impede the presence of youths in the workforce. The following employment laws are restricted for minors under Federal law:

18 years of Age- Once an individual reaches the age of 18, he or she is no longer subject to child employment laws under the Federal Youth Employment and Child Labor provisions.

16 and 17 Years of Age- May seek employment for unlimited hours in any occupation other than those declared hazardous by the State Department of Labor.

14 and 15 Years of Age-During the school year, hours are limited to 3 a day and 18 per week. Over the summer, permissible hours of employment are increased to 8 a day and 40 per week. Children in this age bracket can work no later than 7 P.m. during school weeks and no later than 9 p.m. between June 1 and Labor Day.

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