Employer Handbook - Hiring Children


Who, What, Why . . .

Who does it apply to: Virtually all business owners hiring individuals under the age of 18.

What is the minimum age to hire: There is a lot of variation about the minimum age to hire and there are different restrictions placed on various age groups:

• Any age: Farm work on a parent’s owned or operated farm; perform on television, radio, movies, or other theater productions (with a permit); work for a parent’s business in a “non-hazardous” position; and, believe it or not, gathering and making evergreen wreaths.

• Age 11: Delivering (not selling) newspapers.

• Ages 12 and 13: Farm work on someone else’s farm with a parent’s consent performed outside of school hours. The work may not be “hazardous.”

Please see full guide below for more information.

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DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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