I am Secretary of Labor, Elaine Chao. Every year around this time, millions
of teens look for summer jobs to earn some extra money and learn important
skills. To insure that your experience is a positive one, the law says that
teens should not work in jobs that jeopardize their health or well being. So,
here are some of the rules. Once you turn fourteen, you can work in an
office, grocery and retail store, restaurant, movie theater or amusement park.
You cannot work in hazardous jobs such as mining or roofing or operate
dangerous equipment. Also be aware that if you are fourteen or fifteen, you
can only work three hours on a school day and eight hours on a non-school
day. Find out more about youth employment laws at
www.youthrules.dol.gov or call us toll free at 1-866-4US-WAGE.
Have a safe and happy summer.