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Hours Teens Are Legally Allowed to Work

Legal Work Hours - Ages 14, 15, 16, 17, 18


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Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the minimum age for employment in non-agricultural employment is 14.

Under Age 14:

Children age 13 or under cannot work at a non-agricultural job.

Hours 14 and 15 year olds can work are limited to:

  • Hours when teen isn't in school
  • 3 hours on a school day
  • 18 hours total during a school week
  • 8 hours on a non-school day
  • 40 hours total during a non-school week
  • Hours between 7 am and 7 pm from Labor Day to May 31
  • Hours between 7 am and 9 pm from June 1 through Labor Day

Hours Ages 16 and 17 Can Work:

There is no limit on hours, but, if you're under 18 you can't work in a job that the Labor Department considers hazardous.

Over Age 18:

There are no limits on the hours you can work if you are over 18.

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