How old do you have to be to work?


Quick Answer

In general, the minimum age for non-agricultural employment is 14, according to the Fair Labor Standards Act. The FLSA allows exemptions for newspaper delivery, performing, babysitting and working in businesses owned by the minor’s parents.

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The Department of Labor and the Fair Labor Standards Act set federal level laws regarding employment for minors. Many states have separate labor law standards. When a state law and a federal law contain different requirements, the higher standard applies, according to the Department of Labor. Consult the specific state's labor laws for additional information. Employers may also have additional policies dictating hiring and labor practices.

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