Virginia Works Newsletter
December 2003

HOLIDAY EMPLOYMENT OF TEENAGERS IN VIRGINIA

As the holidays approach many employers begin to hire seasonal help to handle the increased work which traditionally comes during this time of year. This arrangement can be mutually beneficial for employers and their young workers. Employers find an energetic employment pool willing to accept temporary jobs and teenagers can earn additional money for holiday spending. It is important to keep in mind that the rules that govern the hours a teenager may work during the summer do not apply if school is in session. Therefore this might be a good time to revisit the hours of work for teenagers.

Teenagers sixteen and seventeen years of age have no restrictions on their hours of work.

Teenagers fourteen and fifteen years of age engaged in non-agricultural work may not work:

  • During school hours unless they are enrolled in a school work-training program.
  • More than forty hours in any one week when school is not in session.
  • More than eighteen hours in any one week when school is in session.
  • More than eight hours in any one day when school is not in session.
  • More than three hours in any one day when school is in session.
  • Before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m., except that from June 1 through Labor Day, the teenager may work until 9 p.m.
  • Five hours continuously without a 30 minute rest or meal period.

Teenagers fourteen and fifteen years of age engaged in agricultural work may not work:

  • During school hours unless they are employed by their parents on farms, in gardens or orchards owned by their parents.
  • Five hours continuously without a 30 minute break.

The above information is found in the Guide for the Employment of Teenagers which is published by the Department. If you would like a copy of the Guide, you may obtain one by visiting our Web site or you may request one by contacting the Labor and Employment Law Division at 13th South 13th Street Richmond, Virginia 23219.

 

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