Q. My son and his friends, all of whom are 11 years old, have asked if they can work for me for the next several months in order to earn money for a camping trip they plan to take during summer break. Can I help out my son and his friends by employing them for a few hours after school several days a week? I know there are child labor laws, but this is a good cause.
A. Under Georgia law, no minor under 12 years of age can be employed or permitted to work in any gainful occupation at any time, unless such employment of a minor is in agriculture, domestic service in private homes or employment by a parent or a person standing in the place of a parent.
Thus, you may employ your own son, but not his friends. That said, your son is only permitted to work for up to four hours on any day which the school he attends is in session, up to eight hours on days other than school days and not more than 40 hours in any one week. Moreover, he cannot work during the hours the school he attends is in session or between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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