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Youth Employment


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Each year, millions of teens work part-time or take summer jobs, gaining valuable work skills and contributing enthusiasm and eagerness to businesses across the country. Special laws govern their employment.

DOL's Employment Standards Administration's Wage and Hour Division oversees the Fair Labor Standards Act's (FLSA) child labor provisions, which specify the hours young workers can work, the jobs they may perform and the jobs that are designated too hazardous for them to perform.

Use the resources on this page to learn more about youth employment issues.


Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Child Labor Rules Advisor

Helps young workers and their employers, parents and educators understand the FLSA's child labor provisions.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Coverage and Employment Status Advisor

Helps employers and employees understand and determine coverage under the FLSA.



For more information about Youth Employment, see: