Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor
What kinds of work can youth perform?
Regulations governing youth employment in non-agricultural jobs differ somewhat from those pertaining to agricultural employment. In non-agricultural work, the permissible jobs, by age, are as follows:
- Workers 18 years or older may perform any job, whether hazardous or not;
- Workers 16 and 17 years old may perform any non-hazardous jobs; and
- Workers 14 and 15 years old may work outside school hours in various non-manufacturing, non-mining, non-hazardous jobs
Fourteen is the minimum age for most non-agricultural work. However, at any age, youth may deliver newspapers; perform in radio, television, movie, or theatrical productions; work in businesses owned by their parents (except in mining, manufacturing or on hazardous jobs); perform babysitting or perform minor chores around a private home. Also, at any age, youth may be employed as homeworkers to gather evergreens and make evergreen wreaths.
Different age requirements apply to the employment of youth in agriculture.