What Are The Primary Requirements For Minors Who Work?

Minors must be 14 to work in most jobs. Minors 14 and 15:
  • must have a work permit,
  • have limited hours they can work, and
  • cannot work in certain jobs.
Minors 16 and 17 do not have to obtain a work permit and do not have limited hours, but are barred from working in certain particularly hazardous jobs.

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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