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School’s out: Know federal, state restrictions on youth employment

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by Casey M. Nolan, Esq., Gray Plant Moody, Minneapolis

Summertime is when employers can capitalize on an influx of eager school-age workers looking for seasonal jobs. Summer jobs can be great for both young workers and employers, but you should be mindful of federal and state child labor laws.  

Under the federal Fair Labor Stan­­dards Act and the Minnesota Child Labor Standards Act, youth employment depends on the worker’s age and the kind of job to be performed.

OK for 14- and 15-year-olds

The minimum age under both federal and state laws for nonagricultural employment is 14, although youths under 14 may perform certain jobs like newspaper delivery, babysitting or minor chores around private homes.

Other permissible duties for 14- and 15-year-olds include kitchen work (except for cooking) and other work involved in preparing and serving food and beverages, including operating devices such as dishwashers, toasters, popcorn ...(register to read more)

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