Federal law regulates the minimum age (14), type of occupation, type of documentation required and maximum number of hours of employment for minors.
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MINIMUM AGE STANDARDS
For nonagricultural occupations:
- 14 - Minimum age in specified occupations outside of school hours and limited in amount of time each day and week.
- 16 - Unlimited number of hours in any occupation not declared hazardous by the U.S. Secretary of Labor.
- 18 - Minimum age in occupations declared hazardous by the U.S. Secretary of Labor.