Under the Fair
Labor Standards Act (FLSA), youths 14 and 15 years old may work outside
school hours in various non-manufacturing, non-mining, non-hazardous jobs under
Permissible work hours for 14- and 15-year-olds are:
- 3 hours on a school day;
- 18 hours in a school week;
- 8 hours on a non-school day;
- 40 hours in a non-school week; and
- between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., except from June 1 through Labor
Day, when nighttime work hours are extended to 9 p.m.
Child labor laws vary from state from state. Please consult your
state department of labor for this information.
DOL Web Pages on This Topic
What Hours Can Youth
Specific information on permissible work hours for minor
How Many Hours Can Young
Additional information on work hours questions.
How Many Hours Per Day Or
Per Week Can An Employee Work?
Additional information on work hours
Information About the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
An overview of
many aspects to the FLSA, ranging from child labor to enforcement.
What Does the FLSA
List of FLSA requirements, with a special section on
employment of minors.
Fact Sheet on the
Application of the Child Labor Provisions of the FLSA to Grocery Stores
Specific direction on what jobs minor employees of certain ages may
perform while employed by grocery stores.
Fact Sheet on
the Application of Federal Child Labor Provisions to Amusement Parks and
Specific direction on what jobs minor
employees of certain ages may perform while employed by amusement parks. Also
provided is information on what hours the minor employee may perform these
elaws Fair Labor
Standards Act (FLSA) Advisor Child Labor Rules
answers questions about workers and businesses that are subject to the FLSA's
child labor rules.
Work Experience and
Career Exploration Program (WECEP)
Offers exceptions to the child labor
regulations that permit 14- and 15-year-olds to be employed in otherwise
prohibited circumstances. WECEP is designed to provide a carefully planned work
experience and career exploration program for students who can benefit from a
Information on state minimum wage rates and other
state child labor topics.
State Departments of Labor
Links to state departments of labor Web sites and contact
information for each department.
Wage & Hour
Division: District Office Locations
Addresses and phone numbers for
Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division district offices.
Laws & Regulations on This Topic
Employment of Minors Between 14 and 16 Years
Periods and Conditions of Employment (Work Hours)
Work experience & career exploration programs
(allowable extended work hours)
§§570.70 through 570.71
Hazardous Farm Work