What Are The Prohibited Occupations For 14 And 15 Year Olds?

A child who is 14 or 15 years of age may NOT be employed in:
    • Manufacturing, mining, or processing occupations, including occupations requiring the performance of any duties in work rooms or work places where goods are manufactured, mined, or otherwise processed;
    • Occupations which involve the operation or tending of hoisting apparatus or of any power­driven machinery other than office machines;
    • The operation of motor vehicles or service as helpers on such vehicles;
    • Public messenger service;
    • Occupations which the Secretary of Labor may, pursuant to Section 3(l) of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Reorganization Plan No. 2, issued pursuant to the Reorganization Act of 1945, find and declare to be hazardous for the employment of minors between 16 and 18 years of age or detrimental to their health or well­being;
    • Occupations in connection with:
      1. Transportation of persons or property by rail, highway, air, water, pipeline, or other means;
      2. Warehousing and storage;
      3. Communications and public utilities;
      4. Construction (including demolition and repair);
      Except such office (including ticket office) work, or sales work, in connection with paragraphs f(1)(2)(3) and (4) of this section as does not involve the performance of any duties on trains, motor vehicles, aircraft, vessels, or other media of transportation or at the actual site of construction operations.
    In addition to prohibited occupations, state law specifically prohibits 1) the employment of anyone under 14 years of age and unaccompanied by a parent to sell or solicit goods or services for any person other than an exempt organization or a business owned or operated by a parent, and 2) the employment of a child to sell or solicit goods or services for any person other than an exempt organization unless parental permission is granted on a form prescribed by the Commission at least seven days before employment begins.

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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