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14- and 15-year-olds on the Job

The U.S. Department of Labor limits the hours that 14- and 15-year-olds can work. These teenagers can work:

  • Up to three hours on a school day.
  • Up to 18 hours in a school week.
  • Up to eight hours on a non-school day.
  • Up to 40 hours in a non-school week.
  • Between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Labor Day to June.
  • As late as 9 p.m. between June 1 and Labor Day.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Washington, D.C, August 1998. Check with your state department of labor for more information.