Under 16 Years Old


Maximum Hours/Day

Maximum Hours/Week

Maximum Days/Week



School Day

Non-School Day

School Week

Non-School Week

School Week

Non-School Week

Prohibited Work Hours








8 pm (11 pm before non-school day) to 7 am






10 pm (midnight before non-school day and for minors not enrolled in school) to 5 am

aState hours limitations on a schoolday and in a schoolweek usually apply only to those enrolled in school. Several states exempt high school graduates from the hours and/or nightwork or other provisions, or have less restrictive provisions for minors participating in various school-work programs. Separate nightwork standards in messenger service and street trades are common, but are not displayed in table.

b Combined hours of work and school.

c More hours are permitted when school is in session less than 5 days.

d Connecticut: For under 16 if working in stores or agriculture, the limit is 8 hours per day and 6 days per week; for 16-and 17-year olds if working in stores, the limit is 8 hours per day and 6 days per week. Overtime is permitted in some industries for both age groups.

e Florida: For under 16, maximum hours 3 when followed by a school day, except if enrolled in vocational program.

f Illinois: Eight hours are permitted on both Saturday and Sunday if minor does not work outside school hours more than 6 consecutive days in a week and total hours worked outside school does not exceed 24.

g Limits apply only to those enrolled in school.

h For minors enrolled in school, these hours require written parental permission

i 8 hours allowed on Saturday and Sunday if attending school.

j 8 hours allowed before nonschool day.

k 28 hours a week allowed in weeks with multiple days of school closure.

l Massachusetts: Under 14, limited to 4 hours per day, 24 hours per week in farm work.

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