How Old Must A Minor Be To Work?

A minor must be 14 to work, but there are certain exceptions. Children as young as 9 may deliver newspapers with a special badge and written consent of a parent or guardian. Minors 12 or older may sell certain articles for sale in public places, although selling door­to­door is prohibited until the age of 16. Minors aged 12 and 13 may work on farms with their parents or at other farms if they have the written consent of their parents, and minors aged 10 and 11 may engage in limited seasonal work with special permission from the federal Secretary of Labor. Children may work at any age on a farm owned or operated by their parents.

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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