How to Hire a Teen

Under Federal law, there are specific jobs and hours that young workers are allowed to work, depending on their age. You should also contact your state department of labor since its rules may differ.

The Fair Labor Standards Act provisions are designed to protect young workers by limiting the types of jobs and the number of hours they may work. The provisions differ based on the age of the minor. Once a youth reaches 18 years of age, he or she is no longer subject to the Federal child labor provisions. The rules for agricultural work are different.

If a worker has not yet reached the age of 20, you can pay them the youth minimum wage of $4.25 per hour for the first 90 consecutive calendar days (not work days) of their employment. You may apply to participate in other programs that will allow you to pay less than the federal minimum wage to young workers.

DOL no longer issues federal age certificates, but many states not only issue them but require them.

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