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- FLSA - Child Labor Rules

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), 14 is the minimum age for working, except for working in agriculture. Because you are 13, or younger, you may not work in non-agricultural employment unless one of the exemptions in the FLSA applies. Exemptions are explained on the next page. However, you are allowed to help your neighbor with yard work, or do some babysitting, since those jobs are not covered by the FLSA. If you have any questions about where you may work, you may want to ask an adult (such as your parent or teacher) to help you check this out.

Please remember, you already have a full-time job--working hard in school so you can get a good education. This is the most important job you will ever have. What you learn now will help you get a better job when you are older.