Federal Law Information for Minor Employment

Authored By: U.S. Department of Labor

When and How Many Hours Can Youth Work?

When and how many hours can youth work?

  • Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the minimum age for employment in non-agricultural employment is 14. Hours worked by 14- and 15-year-olds are limited to:
    • Non-school hours;
    • 3 hours in a school day;
    • 18 hours in a school week;
    • 8 hours on a non-school day;
    • 40 hours on a non-school week; and hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. (except from June 1 through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m.)
  • Youth 14 and 15 years old enrolled in an approved Work Experience and Career Exploration Program (WECEP) may be employed for up to 23 hours in school weeks and 3 hours on school days (including during school hours).
  • The FLSA does not limit the number of hours or times of day for workers 16 years and older.
Last Review and Update: Nov 02, 2021
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