School’s Out!

by Deborah Z Mark


Summer jobs: from babysitting, to flipping burgers, to helping our parents at the office, most of us have had them.

If you’re an employer and you need a little extra help this summer, consider hiring a student.  Just be aware that there are specific federal and state Youth Employment Laws that must be followed.  If both federal and state laws apply, the stricter law governs.

Things to know

  • Work permits are not required in the State of Arizona
  • You may ask the youth’s age and require proof of age
  • Employers can be subject to penalties up to $1000 if found in violation of the State Youth Employment Laws

In Arizona, no one under the age of 16 can work more than 8 hours on a non-school day, for a total of 40 hours per week.  Federal law prohibits them from working before 7:00 a.m. year round, and past 9:00 p.m. during the summer.   They may not be employed in solicitation sales or door-to-door solicitation after 7:00 p.m.

15 and Under

There are many occupational restrictions for minors 15 and under, including jobs such as cooking, baking, frying, cleaning power-driven equipment, and dry cleaning, to name a few.  Occupations involving manufacturing, construction, and warehousing are absolutely prohibited. Other restrictions apply to minors 17 and under.  The Federal Child Labor Law also prohibits 16 and 17 year olds from driving on the job.

Here is additional information regarding federal child labor laws.  Go here for more information on Arizona youth labor requirements.

Do your part to keep kids off the streets this summer – hire them!

Call managestaff with your questions regarding youth labor requirements.  We’ll help.


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