Can Someone Under 18 Work Full Time?


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Minors in the United States who are at least age 16 are able to work full-time with no restrictions on hours. Minors under the age of 16 are subject to some limitations, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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With few exceptions federal law requires that an individual be at least 14 years old to have a job in the United States, says the Department of Labor. Limits on minors ages 14 and 15 are stringent. These minors are not permitted to work more than three hours on school days, and there are limits on the types of jobs they are permitted to have and when the hours worked are allowed. While technically not permitted to have full-time jobs, the law does permit that they work up to a maximum 40 hours per week if the employer follows the laws for scheduling.

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