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Our Youth

Employment of Minors

Minimum Age For Employment The following rules have certain exceptions and are subject to employment certificate regulations which can be found on the NYS Department of Labor website.





Minors not yet 14 may not be employed at any time, neither after school nor during vacation Minors 14 and 15 years old may work after school hours and dur- ing vacations, but not in factory work. They may do clerical or de- livery work in any enclosed office of a factory, and in dry cleaning, tailor, shoe repair, and similar service stores Minors age 16 and 17 years of age, if not attending school, may work full time throughout the year. Factory work is permitted for minors 16 years of age or older NYS prohibits minors under the age of 18 to be employed or as- sist in any occupation of construction work, including wrecking, demolition, roofing, or excavating operations and the painting or

exterior cleaning of a building structure from an elevated surface (please refer to the NYS Depart- ment of Labor website for more details on state and federal prohibited occupations)

Hours of Work The number of hours a minor may work per day and per week de- pends upon the young person’s age, the type of work being performed and whether school is in session. 16 and 17 year olds may not work past 10pm on the night before a school day without permission from a parent and a certificate of satisfactory academic standing from their school. Minors may not work during the hours when they are required to attend school.


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