Legal Info about Teen Jobs

What Uncle Sam Says...

16 and 17 Years Old

Any day, any time of day, and for any number of hours. There are no restrictions on the work hours of youth age 16 or older.

14 and 15 Years Old

Outside school hours, you can legally work: After 7 a.m. and until 7 p.m.

Except from June 1 through Labor Day, when you can work until 9 p.m.

13 Years Old and Younger

Teens younger than 14 years old can baby-sit, deliver newspapers, or work as an actor or performer. But, if you are under 14 and want to get creative, try starting up your own mini-business. When you're working for yourself, you can do pretty much anything under the sun, so get creative.

Types of Jobs You May Work

14 and 15 Year Old teens are able to hold most jobs, for instance any job in the following locations:

  • Offices
  • Grocery Stores
  • Retail Stores
  • Restaurants
  • Movie Theaters
  • Amusement Parks
  • Baseball Parks
  • Gas Stations

You may not work in:

  • communications or public utilities jobs
  • construction or repair jobs
  • driving a motor vehicle or helping a driver
  • manufacturing and mining occupations
  • power-driven machinery or hoisting apparatus other than typical office machines
  • processing occupations
  • public messenger jobs
  • transporting of persons or property
  • workrooms where products are manufactured, mined or processed
  • warehousing and storage.
Taken from Department of Labor's YouthRules Guide

Also remember that different states have different teen job laws

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