Hot Topic: My First Job — Teens in the workplace.

How to Hire a Teen

The minimum age for minors to work is 14, except under special conditions. Find out what employers, parents, teens and schools need to know for teens to work in non-agricultural jobs, including in their family's business.

Hours of Work

Find out what hours and days of the week teens are normally allowed to work during school and non-school work periods for non-agricultural jobs. Find out how to apply for a variance, if necessary.

Prohibited Duties

Learn about the work restrictions for all minors in non-agricultural jobs; those under 16 have additional restrictions. See also "Prohibited Duties" for agricultural jobs.

Wages, Breaks & Meal Periods

Learn the requirements for minimum wage, rest breaks and meal periods in non-agricultural jobs.

Agricultural Jobs for Teens

Find out the hours of work, prohibited occupations, and wages for minors working in farming and some packing operations. Note: These regulations do not apply to children of farm owners.

Teen Worker Safety

Online and print resources about various topics are available here, such as use of lawn care equipment, construction for 16- and 17-year-olds, agriculture and more.

Injured Young Workers Speakers Program

A program to raise workplace safety awareness for young workers.

Teen Worker Forms & Publications

Look up and print forms and publications about teen workers.


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