HR Reference Guide

MINORS

Federal law regulates the minimum age (14), type of occupation, type of documentation required and maximum number of hours of employment for minors.

An agency may have a specific policy relating to the employment of 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.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES