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Are There Regulations For The Hours A Minor May Be Employed?

According to state law, the following restrictions apply to 14 and 15 year olds: When school is in session, work hours must be limited to a total of nine hours of school attendance plus employment in any one day. Work may be performed only between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. and hours worked cannot exceed 23 in any week. During school vacations, work hours will be limited to 40 hours per week between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

16­17 years old may not be employed more than six days in any week. Alaska law prohibits working minor children under 18 years of age for more than five consecutive hours without an unpaid break of at least 30 minutes.

The federal prohibition on the hours 14 and 15 year old minors may be allowed to work is stricter than Alaskan law. Due to this conflict, an employer of 14 or 15 year old minors may find that they are in compliance with State law, but in violation of federal law.

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