The child labor laws restrict both the number of hours minors may work, and the occupations in which they may work. This list combines the most restrictive state and federal time and hour requirements.

14-15-Year-Old Minors

14-15-year-old minors may NOT be employed:

  • During school hours EXCEPT as provided in approved work experience and career exploration programs;
  • Between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. EXCEPT from July 1 through Labor Day, when they may work until 9:00 p.m;
  • More than 3 hours per day during school weeks, not more than 8 hours per day during weeks when school is not in session;
  • More than 18 hours per school week EXCEPT in approved work experience and career exploration programs, in which case, they may work 23 hours;
  • More than 40 hours per week when school is not in session;
  • More than 6 days per week.

16-17-Year-Old Minors

16-17-year-old minors may NOT be employed:

  • Between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. with exceptions:
    • When an establishment stops serving customers at 10:00 p.m., the minor may work until 10:15 p.m.
    • On nights not preceding a regularly scheduled school day they may work until 11:30 p.m.
    • In restaurants and race tracks, they may work until 12:00 a.m. on nights not preceding a regularly scheduled school day.
  • More than 9 hours per day;
  • More than 48 hours in a week; or
  • More than 6 days per week.