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What hours can young teenagers work?

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Q. We have several employees who are 14 and 15 years old. Could you provide the specifics of the new regulations the U.S. Department of Labor recently issued relating to the work hours for these employees?

A. In May 2010, the DOL’s Wage and Hour Division published updated regulations on employing children in nonagricultural work. The regulations limit the hours and times of day that minors may work.

The regulations allow 14- and 15-year-olds to work—outside of school hours—not more than:

  • 40 hours per week when school is not in session
  • 18 hours per week when school is in session
  • Eight hours per day when school is not in session
  • Three hours per day when school is in session, including Fridays.

Work hours cannot begin before 7 a.m. and must end by 7 p.m. except during the summer (June 1 through Labor Day) when 14- and 15-year-olds may work until 9 p.m.

Evaluate your workforce and make sure you are complying with the hours standards for 14- and 15-year-olds.

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