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Labor Standards -- Age restrictions

Lawn mowingMinimum age

A minor under age 14 may not be employed, except as:

  • a newspaper carrier (at least 11 years of age);

  • in agriculture (at least 12 years of age and with parental/guardian consent);

  • an actor, actress or model; or

  • a youth athletic program referee (at least 11 years of age and with parental/guardian consent).

Age and hours of work

A minor less than 16 years of age

A minor less than 16 years of age may not work:

  • before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m.* with the exception of a newspaper carrier;

  • for more than 40 hours a week or more than eight hours per 24-hour period*, except in agriculture;

  • on school days during school hours, without an employment certificate issued by the school district superintendent (Minnesota Statutes 181A.05).

*During the school year, federal law restricts hours to no later than 7 p.m., no more than three hours a day and not more than 18 hours a week.

A minor age 16 or 17 years old

By state law, 16- and 17-year-old high school students may not work after 11 p.m. on evenings before school days or before 5 a.m. on school days. With written permission from a parent or guardian, these hours may be expanded to 11:30 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. No other limit is set for 16- and 17-year-olds.

See also:  Prohibited work for minors

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