Regulations for Teen Workers

With the end of the school year fast approaching, there are many school-age children looking for summer jobs.  Is there anything you should consider when you get an inquiry from an employee about having the employee’s middle or high schooler perform odd jobs during the summer?  There are different regulations depending on the age of the child and the job to be filled.  The FLSA child labor regulations adopted two years ago were the first changes to those regulations in 40 years.

Generally, those under 16 have not been allowed to work in non-agricultural jobs.  While the nearly 60 page final rule has many provisions, there are a few new rules of thumb for 14- and 15-year-olds.  First, as before, what is not specifically allowed is prohibited.  Now 14- and 15-year-olds can provide some computer and office work in accounting, advertising, banking, and information technology offices.  The rules provide many examples of what equipment they can handle and what jobs they can perform.  During the school year, they cannot work more than three hours per day on a school day, even Friday.  School hours are defined by the local public school, even if the teen does not attend school there.


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About Andrew (Andy) Wampler

For over a decade, I have provided legal services to businesses and individuals in Northeast Tennessee. I spend time litigating breaches of contract, medical malpractice, and commercial disputes and have worked on a number of transactions. I also advise businesses, working much of my time on healthcare and employment matters.

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