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Do You Want to Join Other Teens and Get a Part-Time Job?

Throughout the world, there are rules and regulations regarding child and teen employment. Before teenagers set out to work in their hometown, they must acquire knowledge of both the laws that protect them and the rights they have. Now we will look at the laws applied in the USA, Canada, and the UK. Join us!

  1. USA

  2. Canada

  3. UK

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1. USA

Certainly, the US is the most complicated case as laws may differ in each state and territory. This is what the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) says: teenagers under 16 can work 8 hours daily, 40 hours weekly, and 6 days weekly during school holidays. When school is in session, it’s only 3 hours daily and 18 hours weekly. Teens cannot work from 7 p.m. (9 p.m. 1 June, through Labor Day) to 7 a.m.

We don’t want to bore you with so much data, therefore, here comes information regarding only a few states. But don’t worry, we’ll give you tips to learn about yours if we’ve skipped that.

The images show these pieces of data regarding non-agricultural work:

• Maximum daily and weekly hours and days per week for minors of age (Under 16; 16 and 17)
• Nightwork prohibited for minors of age (Under 16; 16 and 17)

• California

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Source: United States Department of Labor

• Florida

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Source: United States Department of Labor

• New York

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Source: United States Department of Labor

As you can see these numbers vary from state to state, so we kindly ask you to visit this website for more information regarding yours.

Thinking about working part-time in the US?

As a young person full of energy, you’re certainly capable of many things. What if you could combine fun and work and do some pet-sitting jobs, or spend five minutes to fill in a survey, or sell your artsy objects online? Well, let’s do that!

On AppJobs, you’ll find even more ideas.

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Check out delivery jobs in Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and many other cities in the US.

Check out pet-sitting jobs in the US, in cities such as Atlanta, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Boston, Seattle, Cleveland, Portland.

Check out freelance jobs in cities like Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, Baltimore, Charlotte, Houston, Los Angeles, and in many other cities in the US.

Check out online selling jobs in New York City, Austin, Sacramento, Denver, Albuquerque, and many other places in the States.

2. Canada

Teenagers in Canadian urban and rural areas must be aware of age limits when aiming to get their first student job. Those who are under 18 and work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays are entitled to earn the student minimum wage of $13.15 per hour. That’s not that bad, right?

Now briefly about the age limit regarding some jobs:

• 14 years of age for all other industrial establishments
• 15 years of age for factory operations and repair shops
• 16 years of age for construction and logging operations
• 18 years of age for underground mines
• 16 years of age at a mining plant or surface mine
• 18 years of age for window cleaning

Find more info here and here!

Thinking about working part-time in Canada?

In cities, you’ll have more opportunities. However, don’t be so anxious, find some online job then!

Check out freelance jobs in Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver, or any other city in Canada.

Check out online selling jobs in Canada in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton.

Check out pet-sitting jobs in Canada in cities such as Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver.

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3. UK

In the UK, teenagers must attend school under the age of 16 but can leave after that under some circumstances. The age limit can also depend on where you live. Excluding children/teens working in the entertainment industry, theatre and such, you and minors like you can start working once turned 13. Young workers aged 16 to 17 are even entitled to receive at least £4.20 per hour. This is something, yeah?

The number of maximum work hours differ during school term and school holidays.

When school is in session, teenagers can work 12 hours a week. This includes a maximum of 2 hours on school days and Sundays, a maximum of 5 hours on Saturdays for 13- to 14-year-olds, and 8 hours for 15- to 16-year-olds.

During the summer holiday, 13- to 14-year-olds are allowed to work a maximum of 25 hours a week, including a maximum of 5 hours on weekdays and Saturdays and a maximum of 2 hours on Sundays. The first number is higher for teenagers who are a bit older. 15- to 16-year-olds can work a maximum of 35 hours a week, including a maximum of 8 hours on weekdays and Saturdays, and a maximum of 2 hours on Sundays.

It’s also great to know that local rules might have a list of jobs you and other children/teenagers cannot do. This list below is also something useful you can take a look at. And you can always ask your parents to help you figure out what rules you must follow.

Children are not allowed to work:

• without an employment permit issued by the education department of the local council, if this is required by local bylaws
• in places like a factory or industrial site
• during school hours
• before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m.
• for more than one hour before school (unless local bylaws allow it)
• for more than 4 hours without taking a break of at least 1 hour
• in most jobs in pubs and betting shops and those prohibited in local bylaws
• in any work that may be harmful to their health, well-being or education
• without having a 2-week break from any work during the school holidays in each calendar year

Learn more about child/teenage employment in the UK here.

Thinking about working part-time in the UK?

Fantastic! We’ve come up with some ideas, but tell us more if you want.

Check out delivery jobs in the UK, in cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds.

Check out freelance jobs in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds.

Check out online selling jobs in the UK in London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham.

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Paulina Bajorowicz joined Appjobs in November 2018 and she is now the Content Marketing Specialist. She manages Appjobs blog and social media channels, coordinates outreach activities and cooperates with journalists and content creators around the gig economy.