What Hours Can Children Work?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, children under sixteen can work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., except from June 1 through Labor Day, when evening hours are extended to 9 p.m. If the employer is not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. when school is in session.

Children under sixteen can work up to 3 hours on a school day, 18 hours in a school week, 8 hours on a non­school day, 40 hours on a non­school week. If the employer is not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, the children under sixteen may not work more than 8 hours in one day, nor more than 40 hours in one week.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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