Child Labor Law, Sections 450.001-450.161 Florida Statutes applies to
teenagers under the age of 18. If you are
a minor, you can't work during school hours unless you are exempt, are
granted a waiver, or are enrolled in a school-work experience program,
vocational education or other program declared exempt by the state of
For minors age 14 and 15;
The allowable work hours are: Fifteen (15) hours a week when school is in
(3) hours a day, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. if school is scheduled for
the next day. Eight (8) hours a day,
between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on days when there is no school the next day.
Forty (40) hours a week during the summer and holidays.
For minors age 16 and 17;
The allowable work hours are: Thirty (30) hours a week when school is
in session; eight
(8) hours a day, between 6:30 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. if school is scheduled the
next day. No restrictions on hours
during vacations and holidays, or when school is not scheduled for the next
PROOF OF AGE
Employers are required to keep proof of age for
all minors who are employed. Students
should show their birth certificate or the school may provide an age
certificate. Work permits are no
waivers of the Child Labor Law may be granted under certain conditions, such
as financial hardship, medical or other hardship, court order, or with the
approval of the Assistant Superintendent, Office of Student Services. Waivers
are granted by the Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security,
Bureau of Compliance/Child Labor Section.
not enrolled in (K-12) public schools, dropouts, students who are home
schooled, in private school, enrolled in an alternative education program
(GED), or have been expelled may apply for a partial waiver from the Bureau
of Child Labor. Partial waivers are approved on a case by case basis when in
the best interest of the minor.