As summer approaches, many companies are preparing to hire short-term teenage employees. It is important to know the proper labor laws mandated by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) regarding young workers. Below is a summary of laws.
|Under Age 13
Can only babysit, deliver newspapers, or work as actors.
- May work various jobs, excluding mining, manufacturing, and hazardous positions
- Can only work from 7 am to 7 pm (extended to 9 pm June 1 to Labor Day)
- May only work 18 hours in a school week (3 hours/day max), up to 40 hours on a non-school week (8 hours/day max)
- May perform work of an intellectual or artistically creative nature, such as computer programming, tutoring, singing, and drawing.
- May not perform door-to-door or street sales.
Legitimate, volunteer fund-raising activities by charitable organizations are not included in this restriction.
- May work in any job not declared hazardous.
- May work unlimited hours.
|Ages 18 & Over
In addition, several types of hazardous jobs are prohibited for employees under age 18, including
For more information, visit the Department of Labor's resource on youth labor at http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/youthlabor. For assistance in complying with the latest laws in employing your workers, please contact Nextep's HR Department at email@example.com.
- operation of bakery machines
- woodworking machines and operating several types of power tools
- work at poultry-slaughtering and packaging plants
- roofing or forestry services
- riding on a forklift as a passenger